(Dec. 10/14) Restaurants Canada will work with the Ontario government to make its calorie posting legislation (Bill 45: Making Healthier Choices Act, 2014) as practical as possible for members. If this Bill passes, restaurant chains with more than 20 units in the province must post calorie counts on menus and menu boards, as of January 2016.
Up to now, governments have accepted voluntary measures from Restaurants Canada and individual companies when it comes to informing consumers. As this new era begins, the Ontario government has included these key Restaurants Canada recommendations in the legislation:
- provincial rules supersede any municipal regulations so we have a consistent approach;
- the same rules apply to retail environments that compete directly with restaurants (e.g. convenience stores, grocery stores and movie theatres); and
- the focus is on calorie posting only.
We will continue to push the government to set an implementation date that gives our members enough time to make the necessary changes.