Consumers who eat out or purchase ready-to-eat meals to take home will have more information to make informed choices. Starting January 1, Ontario will be the first province in Canada to require food service providers with 20 or more locations in the province — such as restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, grocery stores and movie theatres — to include the number of calories for each food and beverage item on their menus, labels or tags.
Additionally, food service providers are also required to post an educational statement for customers about average daily caloric needs.
“By requiring restaurants and other food service chains to post calorie information publicly, we are helping people in Ontario make informed, healthy decisions for themselves and their families.”, explained Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
“Inclusion of nutrition information on menu boards marks a bold step by the Ontario government. Dietitians are pleased to see the incorporation of recommendations they made during the consultation process. Education and evaluation are important next steps to ensure the long-term success of this initiative.”, Leslie Whittington Carter, Dietitians of Canada.