Canadian Toy Testing Council to close due to funding shortage



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The Canadian Toy Testing Council, a volunteer group that has given parents advice on the best children's toys for more than 60 years, will shutter in June due to a lack of funding.

In March, board members voted to dissolve the not-for-profit organization despite their efforts to keep it afloat, a statement on the council's website says.

"Over the past year, as part of our efforts to secure operational funding, we engaged an experienced funding consultant who conducted an exhaustive search of opportunities for funding, partnership and support," the Ottawa-based group said.

"Members of the board and other (council) supporters also pounded the pavement in search of backing that would enable us to keep our doors open and our program running. Unfortunately, our efforts were not successful."

The council ranked toys by recruiting children to test them at home for six to 12 weeks. The council judged the products based on design, function, durability and play value.

For decades the council released an annual toy report, which featured a scale of three stars, two stars, one star, novelty or not recommended.