Canadian Food Labelling Timelines


As Food Industry professionals it's of extreme importance to understand and keep track of the timelines for Canadian Food Labelling requirements and changes. Here you will find a list of important dates to keep in mind while you are preparing for the food labelling changes that are in the pipeline. 




Fall 2019 (anticipated) Final regulations on Front of Packaging (FOP), nutrition symbols requirements. Proposed rules came out in February 2018.

Health Canada is introducing front-of-package (FOP) labelling for prepackaged foods high in sodium, sugars and saturated fat. FOP labelling will complement existing labelling measures and provide Canadians with simplified, easily visible information to help them make choices that improve their health and reduce their risks of chronic disease.

The front-of-package nutrition labelling proposal consists of four major parts:

  1. Nutrition symbol design
  2. Thresholds
  3. Exemptions
  4. Format specifications

Mid 2020 (anticipated) Final regulations on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA), Food Labelling Modernization that will significantly amend the FDR and the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR). Proposed rules came out in June 2019.

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) set out the requirements for all foods that are imported, exported and inter-provincially traded. Some traceability, labelling and advertising provisions also apply to intra-provincially traded foods. Requirements of standards of identity and grades have been included in documents incorporated by reference.

Companies must adhere to requirements under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA) and Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) in addition to those under the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and SFCR.

Changes include:

2022 - 2026 - Additional complex transitional provisions related to CFIA’s Food Labelling Modernization, now proposed to stretch between immediately once rules are finalized, through to 2022 and 2026.

Here is an overview of the key proposed changes, grouped by their proposed transition periods.

Summer 2020 (TBC) – Upon registration of the regulatory changes in the Canada Gazette, Part II – elements that do not require a label change

December 2022 (TBC) – 2 years after registration

December 2026 (TBC) – 6 years after registration

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