(Jul. 27/16) The Ontario government has finally released amended regulations for the menu labelling program that begins Jan. 1, 2017 for chains with 20 or more locations in Ontario. The government has changed the contextual statement (the new statement to appear in your menus) to include information about children. The new regulations specifically exclude TV, radio, and billboards from the definition of menus.

After much negotiation, the Ontario government agreed to a one-year delay for anyone who has already designed or started printing their menus and menu boards. If you’ve begun work on your menus using the previous contextual statement, you may use that for Jan. 1, 2017, but must be using updated wording by Jan. 1, 2018.

You can read the new regulations here.

Restaurants Canada members: If you have questions about menu labelling, please contact James Rilett, Ontario VP, at 416-649-4241 or jrilett@restaurantscanada.org.

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