Health Canada has proposed to restrict the use of lead in surface coating materials for children’s toys, furniture and other children’s items to align Canada’s restrictions on lead use with those in the United States. Proposed revisions to Canada’s Surface Coatings Materials Regulations would lower the total lead limit in surface coating materials from the current 600 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) to 90 mg/kg, the amount of lead allowed in paint and other surface coatings in U.S. children’s products. Revisions to the Hazardous Products Act would apply the same total lead limit to surface coating materials applied to furniture and other articles for children, including toys, equipment, pencils, and artist’s brushes. The proposed revisions are open to public comment for 75 days following the February 27, 2010, publication date in the Canada Gazette.