Canada’s restaurateurs and foodservice operators place a top priority on food safety, and offer a range of menu options for consumers to meet their dietary needs and preferences. These principles guide our work on food and nutrition issues:

10 Guiding Principles (hover to view)

  1. Healthy living is a priority for Canadians and the restaurant industry
  2. We take every measure to ensure the food we serve is safe
  3. We strive to accommodate individual preferences and dietary requirements
  4. Our people are critical to our success and crucial in delivering on our commitment to healthy living
  5. We play a role in building healthy communities and healthy neighbourhoods
  6. Evidence-based research informs what we do and we continually innovate through menu evolution to introduce healthy options that meet consumer demand
  7. We are the place where Canadians celebrate special occasions with friends and family
  8. We are a rich and vibrant industry that reflects and rejoices in Canada’s cultural diversity
  9. We provide nutrition information in many different ways to assist Canadians in making informed food choices
  10. We engage in gate-to-plate partnerships to ensure a co-ordinated approach and success in improving the health of Canadians


Food Safety

National Food Safety Training Program 20% discount for Restaurants Canada members (PDF download)

Food Safety During Emergencies

After a Fire
Power Outage
Boil-water Advisory
Take-out Foods

Food Allergies

Food Allergies: A Guide for Restaurants
EpiPen Emergency Kit for Restaurants Canada members

Recalls & Warnings

WHO report on red meat and processed meat
Mechanically tenderized meat

Informed Dining Program

Informed Dining Program

Calorie Posting

Ontario’s Healthy Choices Act, Bill 45
How to standardize your recipes: BC Government Online Recipe Tool


How to Reduce Sodium in Menu Items: Restaurants Canada members, log on to our Member Portal for your free copy of this step-by-step guide.

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

Animal Welfare

Broiler chickens



Submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food re: Bill C-281  (June 18/18)

What are your Plans for World Cup Fans? (June 10/18)

Culinary Industry Mourning the Death of Chef Anthony Bourdain (June 8/18)

Millennials Appetite for Restaurants Growing (June 7/18)

Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants 2018 List Revealed (April 15/18)

Higher Menu Prices Take a Bite Out of Real Foodservice Sales Growth (April 15/18)

Canada’s Foodservice Industry Mourns Charles Shasky (Apri 15/18)

Health Canada Releases Report on Sodium Reduction in Processed Foods (Jan 21/18)

Legislation Restricting Restaurant Marketing Debated in House of Commons (Dec 17/17)

Health Canada’s Plans for Sodium Reduction in the Foodservice Sector (Sept. 24/17)

Health Canada to Prohibit the Use of Trans Fats (Sept. 24/17)

Proposals Against Marketing to Kids is Too Restrictive (Sept. 10/17)

Chicken Industry to Reduce Antimicrobial Use (Sept. 10/17)

Canadian Chicken Facts (updated Sept. 8/17)

Letter from Minister of Agriculture on animal welfare standards and concerns (July 25/17)

Health Canada Bans Artificially Produced Trans Fat (April 20/17)

Animal Welfare for Broiler Chickens (March 20/17)

New Safety Requirements for Restaurant Food Suppliers (Feb. 9/17)

Support Prices for Butter and Skim Milk Powder to Stay the Same; New Price Formula (Jan. 11/17)

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Shelves Plans to Introduce Calorie Posting (Sept. 24/17)


Food to Donate? Start with a Click. (May 27/18)

Annual Nutrition for Non-Nutritionists (N4NN) Course Coming in April (March 4/18)

Update on Menu Labelling in Ontario (Oct. 6/16)

Ontario announces menu labelling requirements (July 27/16)


New Quebec Food Policy “Alimenter notre monde” for 2018-2025 (May 13/18)

Quebec Agencies Offering Food Allergy Training for Foodservice Professionals (April 1/18)

Montreal Debating New Food Truck Rules and Regulations (March 18/18)

Quebec Government Banning High-Sugar, High-Alcohol Beverages from Convenience and Grocery Stores (March 18/18)