The CA Identification Number is an identification number obtained by
applying to the Competition Bureau. This identification number, commonly
referred to as "CA Number", is registered for the
exclusive use of a Canadian dealer on the label of a
consumer textile article in place of a name and postal address.
CA Identification Number, commonly referred to as "CA Number", is a
five-digit number preceeded by the letters CA issued by the Competition
Bureau upon request.
The definition of a Canadian dealer is in summary is a person who
manufactures, processes, or finishes textile fibre products; or is
engaged in the business of importing or selling any textile fibre
products. You can learn more specifics by reading the
Labeling Act for Canada. The Textile Labeling Act is
essentially an Act respecting the labelling, sale, importation and
advertising of consumer textile articles.
CA # works in Canada in similar manner as the
RN # works in the United
States. They are NOT
interchangeable. No number can substitute for a business name and
address or CA Identification Number on the label of consumer textile
articles in Canada.
Consumer textile products in Canada should be labeled with the full
name and address of the dealer or
a CA Identification #.
When printing on a care label the manufacturer has a limited amount
of space. Using a CA# instead of a full company name and address
has the obvious benefit of using less space. It is important to
keep in mind that washing instructions, fiber content, country of
origin, and other things may also be required on the care label.
Because consumers do not want huge labels inside their garments, it is
important to keep the label small but legible.
Learn more about
CA #'s & RN #'s here on Apparel Search.
Learn more about the CA# at
You may find the following page helpful as well:
Guide to The Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations: This
guide provides an outline to the basic labelling requirements for
consumer textile articles subject to the Textile Labelling Act and the
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations. The full text of the Act
and Regulations should be consulted for a more detailed understanding of
Note: the information on this page was added in February 2015. You
should always consult directly with the Canadian governments website for
the most accurate and up to date information. The information on
this page is NOT the official rulings.
If you are interested in learning more about care labeling, you may want
to review our
care labels term page.