Canada has strict national, provincial and municipal regulatory requirements regarding goods and services entering this country. The kind of standards applied naturally depend on the type of product your are trying to export to Canada.
Note: For food standards, please see more detail in the following question.
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC – http://www.scc.ca/) coordinates Canada’s participation in the international standards system and accredits the four organizations involved in standards development (and the over 225 organizations involved in product or service certification, testing, and management systems registration activities in Canada) including:
Canadian Standards Association (http://www.csa.ca/Default.asp?language=english); Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (http://www.ulc.ca/);
Canadian General Standards Board (http://www.pwgsc.gc.ca/cgsb/home/index-e.html);
Bureau de normalization du Québec (http://www.bnq.qc.ca/).
ISO’s Action Plan for Developing Countries 2005-2010 is available at http://www.iso.org/iso/en/ISOOnline.frontpage
Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/trips_e/trips_e.htm)