After several rounds of consultation, the highly anticipated
regulations under the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (the
"Act") were posted online on March 4th, 2016. Chain
restaurants will now have less than a year to post caloric
information and bring menus, flyers, advertisements, websites, and
premises into compliance.
The final regulations provide crucial details on exemptions, the
format and location of caloric declarations, what is captured by
the definition of "menu", how calorie information for
self-serve and customizable options should be displayed, alcohol
caloric declarations, daily caloric intake contextual
statements, and acceptable methods of determining the number
of calories. Of particular note, the final regulations exempt foods
and beverages that carry a Canadian compliant nutrition facts table
from certain calorie display requirements under Act.
The new provisions will come into force on January 1, 2017. The
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will be developing tools and
additional guidance to help restaurateurs comply with the Act. As
always, the devil is in the details and hopefully the Ministry will
be able to address the probable logistical challenges of displaying
this caloric information in a meaningful and legible manner.
The regulations can be accessed here and the Healthy Menu Choices
Act, 2015 can be accessed here.
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