(Apr. 28/15) Thanks to action by Restaurants Canada and our members, Ontario’s calorie posting legislation (Bill 45) has become more palatable for restaurateurs.
- You’ll have more time to adjust to the rules. The government accepted Restaurants Canada’s request for a minimum of 18 months from the time the bill passes. The bill is expected to pass this June, and menus must be updated by Jan. 1, 2017.
- Franchisors won’t be held liable for the independent actions of a franchisee who chooses not to follow the regulations.
- Proposals to add sodium counts were defeated, which means the new rules will only apply to calories.
- Municipal public health units were denied more powers, which means they cannot impose more onerous bylaws.
Restaurants Canada will consult with the government on regulations. We will call for a program that allows you to get menu and menu board pre-approval in those discussions.