Ontario will soon require restaurant chains with 20 or more locations under the same brand to post calorie counts on menu boards and menus. The rules take effect in 2017, but Restaurants Canada is raising concerns the deadline is at risk because we have still not seen the final regulations.

Politicians from all parties agreed that our members need at least a year to prepare for the new calorie posting requirements, given the well-established lead time for menu planning, testing, refinement and roll-out.

We were expecting the calorie posting regulations in late fall of last year, but they have been delayed to the end of this month, likely after a Jan. 27 Cabinet meeting. An Implementation Guide, based on the regulations, is to be released at the same time.

Restaurants Canada will continue to press for reasonable timelines and keep our members informed on this important issue.

Restaurants Canada members: If you have questions about the new calorie posting regulations coming to Ontario, or if you want to get involved in our campaigns, please contact Paul McKay on our Member Services Team: 1-800-387-5649 ext. 4225 or pmckay@restaurantscanada.org.

Not a member? Join online now, or call our membership team at 1-800-387-5649.

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