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Healthy Menu Choices Act

The Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 will come into effect in Ontario on January 1, 2017. The Act will help families make more informed food choices when eating in a restaurant or purchasing take-away meals. It will also help to raise public awareness about the calorie content of food and beverages eaten outside the home.

This Act will:

  • Require large food chain premises to post calories for standard food and beverage items, including alcohol on menus and menu boards. 
  • Apply to all food premises where food is available for immediate consumption such as convenience stores, movie theatres, grocery stores, and restaurants with 20 locations or more in Ontario.
  • Failure to comply may lead to a fine.
  • Require food service operators to post contextual information that would help to educate patrons about their daily caloric requirements.
  • Authorize public health inspectors to enforce menu labelling requirements.

Useful tools and resources:

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website.

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