Regulation - LGIC

Regulation under the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015
Summary of Decision:
Based on the feedback received from the Regulatory Registry, the ministry made changes to the following areas of the regulation:
a) Calorie posting:
- How calories are displayed
- How calories are displayed for alcohol
c) Contextual statement:
- Content of voluntary children's statement

The regulation was approved and filed with the Registrar of Regulations on March 4, 2016.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
September 11, 2015
Summary of Proposal:
The Making Healthier Choices Act, 2015 received Royal Assent on May 28, 2015. Schedule 1, Healthy Menu Choices Act, requires food service premises with 20 or more locations in Ontario who are selling prepared ready-to-eat food to post calories on menus. The provisions in the Act will come into force on January 1, 2017.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed draft regulations to support the implementation of the menu labelling legislation. The draft regulations were informed by consultations that the Ministry undertook with key partners in the summer of 2015.

The areas of the regulation include:

a) Calorie posting:
- Where calories are displayed
- Definition of "menu"
- How calories are displayed (size, format and prominence)
- How calories are displayed for alcohol
- How calories are determined

b) Standard food item:
- Specify requirements for "standard food items"

c) Contextual statement:
- Content of statement (e.g. "The average adult requires 2,000-2,400 calories a day")
- Format of contextual statement (size, format, placement and prominence)

d) Possible Exemptions:
- Food service premise exemptions
- Standard food item exemptions

The province is seeking additional input on these draft regulations. To view the draft regulations, please see the link below under "Additional Information".
Contact Address:
777 Bay Street, Suite 1903, Toronto ON, M7A 1S5
Effective Date:
January 1, 2017