Here is a recent legislative development of interest that will impact the franchise community, at least in Ontario: the Making Healthier Choices Act, 2015, which received Royal assent on May 28, 2015. Note that the act comes into force on Jan. 1, 2017.
The act requires that “owners and operators” of “regulated food service premises” display the number of calories of every “standard food item” that is sold or offered for sale on the premises. A “standard food item” is defined as a food or drink item sold or offered for sale in servings that are standardized for portion and content.
Labelling is also required if a combination of standard food items is sold or offered for sale as a combo meal, and with respect to each variety, flavour and size of standard food items sold or offered.