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CA Identification Number

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.

The CA Identification Number is a five digit identification number preceded by the letters CA (ex: CA00000).

A 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 Textile Labeling Act for Canada.  The Textile Labeling Act is essentially an Act respecting the labelling, sale, importation and advertising of consumer textile articles.

The 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 http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/02576.html

You may find the following page helpful as well:

Guide to The Textile Labeling 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 these provisions. 

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 wash care labels term page.

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