On December 14, 2016, the Minister of Health announced amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations to make the Nutrition Facts table and list of ingredients on packaged foods easier to use and understand.

Included in the labelling amendments are changes to the regulation of serving sizes to make comparing similar food products easier. A simple rule of thumb, 5% is a little, 15% is a lot, has also been added to the Nutrition Facts Table to help Canadians use the percent daily value (% DV) to better understand the nutritional composition of a single product or to better compare two food products. More information on sugars will also be made available, including a % DV for total sugars in the Nutrition Facts table, and the grouping together of sugar-based ingredients under the name “sugars” in the list of ingredients.

In addition, all food colours will be declared by their common name rather than the generic term “colour” and the list of ingredients and allergen information will be easier to read. A new health claim will also be allowed on fruits and vegetables, informing Canadians about the health benefits of these foods. The food industry has until 2021 to make these changes. This timeline for implementation will align with other labelling changes proposed under the Healthy Eating Strategy including front of pack labelling as well as some label modernization measures being proposed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.