As the new year begins, Ontario is making it easier for people to make informed and healthy choices about what to eat when dining out or purchasing ready-to-eat meals to take home.
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.
Including information about calories on menus is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
Food service providers are also required to post an educational statement for customers about average daily caloric needs.
Calories are a measure of how much energy is in the food we eat. Knowing how many calories are in our food can help us get the right amount of energy for our needs.
Individual calorie needs vary depending on a number of factors, including activity level, age and gender.
For more information, please refer to Health Canada’s Estimated Energy Requirements.