In an effort to curb obesity rates, the Ontario provincial
government will be requiring food establishments in Ontario
operating under the same name with 20 or more locations, including
bar and restaurant chains, convenience and grocery stores and movie
theatres, to post certain nutritional information on menus for all
food and beverages, including alcohol. The Making Healthier Choices
Act, 2015 ("Act") was passed on May 26, 2015 and is set
to come into force on January 1, 2017.
In particular, these food service establishments will be
required to display the number of calories in each size and variety
of food and drink item offered, as well as "any other
information" required by the regulations. The information must
be displayed on menus and, if the food and drink item is displayed,
on the label. Regulations have not yet been drafted but they are
The consequences for non-compliance are significant with fines
for individuals up to $500 each day the non-compliance continues on
a first offence, and up to $1000 per day on repeat offences.
Corporations can be fined up to $5000 for each day the
non-compliance continues on a first offence, and up to $10,000 per
day on repeat offences. If directors and officers of corporations
do not take all reasonable steps to ensure compliance, they can be
found liable and similarly fined.
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