Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations (C.R.C., c. 417)

Regulations are current to 2017-09-27 and last amended on 2014-01-29. Previous Versions

 Information that is required by the Act and these Regulations to be shown on a label, other than in the declaration of net quantity, shall be shown in a manner easily legible to the consumer under normal or customary conditions of sale or use and shall be in letters of not less than 1/16 inch (1.6 millimetres) in height.

 Notwithstanding section 15, where the area of the principal display surface of a container is 1.55 square inches (10 square centimetres) or less, and where all the information that is required by the Act or these Regulations to be shown on a label is shown on the principal display panel, such information, other than the information in the declaration of net quantity, may be in letters of not less than 1/32 inch (0.8 millimetre) in height.

Declaration of Net Quantity

 Where the declaration of net quantity is in terms of metric and Canadian units, those units shall be grouped together, except that any symbol that is required to be shown pursuant to the Hazardous Products Act or any regulations made under that Act may be shown between and immediately adjacent to those units.

Exemption from Net Quantity Declaration

  •  (1) For the purposes of this section and section 27.1, catch-weight product means a class of food product that because of its nature cannot normally be portioned to a predetermined quantity and is, as a result, usually sold in packages of varying quantity.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), the following types of transactions are exempt from section 4 of the Act:

    • (a) sales by automatic vending machines or mobile canteens of prepackaged individual servings of food that are prepared by a commissary;

    • (b) sales to a retailer by a manufacturer, processor or producer of prepackaged catchweight products;

    • (c) sales of prepackaged individual portions of food that are served by a restaurant or other commercial enterprise with meals or snacks.

  • (3) A prepackaged product referred to in subsection (2) shall have a label applied to it in accordance with sections 7 to 11 and the label shall show the information referred to in subparagraphs 10(b)(i) and (ii) of the Act in the form and manner prescribed by these Regulations.

  • SOR/82-411, s. 1.

Exemption from Metric Net Quantity Declaration and Type Size Requirement

  •  (1) For the purposes of this section,

    area

    area means an area within the meaning of subsection 337(1) of the Weights and Measures Regulations; (région)

    floor covering

    floor covering means floor covering within the meaning of section 342 of the Weights and Measures Regulations; (couvre-plancher)

    individually measured commodity

    individually measured commodity means an individually measured commodity within the meaning of section 45 of the Weights and Measures Regulations. (marchandise mesurée individuellement)

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), prepackaged products packaged from bulk on a retail premises, other than wallpaper or floor covering, are exempt from paragraphs 4(1)(b) and 8(b) of the Act and from section 14 of these Regulations, if the net quantity of the product is clearly shown on the principal display panel of the label thereon in terms of a Canadian unit.

  • (3) Prepackaged food that is an individually measured commodity is exempt from paragraphs 4(1)(b) and 8(b) of the Act and from section 14 of these Regulations in each area described in Column I of an item of the table to section 341 of the Weights and Measures Regulations prior to the applicable date set out in Column III of that item, if the net quantity of the product is clearly shown on the principal display panel of the label thereon in terms of a Canadian unit.

  • (4) Prepackaged food that is an individually measured commodity is exempt from section 14 of these Regulations in each area described in Column I of an item of the table to section 341 of the Weights and Measures Regulations on and after the applicable date set out in Column III of that item.

  • SOR/78-789, s. 1;
  • SOR/80-840, s. 1;
  • SOR/82-411, s. 2.

 [Repealed, SOR/78-789, s. 2]

Manner of Declaring Net Quantity

 Subject to sections 22, 23 and 36, the declaration of net quantity of a prepackaged product shall show the quantity of the product

  • (a) by volume, when the product is a liquid or gas or is viscous, or

  • (b) by weight, when the product is solid,

unless it is the established trade practice to show the net quantity of the product in some other manner, in which case the declaration shall be in accordance with the established trade practice.

  • SOR/78-171, s. 1.
  •  (1) The declaration of net quantity of a prepackaged product listed in the table to this subsection shall show the net quantity of the product by weight.

    TABLE

    ItemProduct
    1products packed for dispensing in aerosol form
    2honey
    3peanut butter
    4[Repealed, SOR/78-789, s. 3]
    5maple butter
    6[Repealed, SOR/78-171, s. 2]
    7cooking molasses
    8table molasses
    9fancy molasses
    10[Repealed, SOR/81-580, s. 1]
    11cottage cheese
    12yogurt
    13dips
    14whipped butter
    15liquid whole egg, egg-yolk or egg albumen or mixtures of two or more of those products
    16frozen liquid whole egg, egg-yolk or egg albumen or mixtures of two or more of those products.
  • (2) The declaration of net quantity of a prepackaged product listed in the table to this subsection shall show the net quantity of the product by weight of the edible contents in the container exclusive of the free liquid or glaze content.

    TABLE

    ItemProduct
    1canned shellfish
    2canned crustaceans
    3meat packed in brine or vinegar solutions
    4frozen glazed fish
  • (3) The declaration of net quantity of a prepackaged product listed in the table to this subsection shall show the net quantity of the product by volume.

    TABLE

    ItemProduct
    1canned fruits
    2canned vegetables
    3pickles
    4relishes
    5olives
    6creamed mushrooms
    7mushrooms in brine
    8maraschino cherries
    9creme de menthe cherries
    10cocktail cherries
    11beans with pork
    12infant foods
    13junior foods
    14spaghetti in tomato sauce
    15ice cream and products containing ice cream
    16ice milk and products containing ice milk
    17sherbet and products containing sherbet
    18fruit pie filling
    19fountain fruits
    20tomato paste
    21tomato puree
    22soup
    23condensed soup
    24jam and jam with pectin
    25jelly and jelly with pectin
    26marmalade and marmalade with pectin
    27preserves
    28frozen liquid foods other than the products described in item 16 of the Table to subsection 22(1)
    29tomato catsup
    30tomato chili sauce
    31tomato sauce
    32tomato pulp
    33tomato juice, concentrated
    34cranberries, cranberry sauce
    35mincemeat
    36ice cream cake
    37sour cream
    38fruit spreads
    39canned concentrated milk products
    40maple syrup
  • (4) The declaration of net quantity of a prepackaged product listed in the table to this subsection shall show the net quantity of the product in terms of numerical count.

    TABLE

    ItemProduct
    1canned or frozen corn-on-the-cob
  • (5) The declaration of net quantity of a prepackaged product listed in the table to this subsection shall show the net quantity of the product by weight, volume, or in terms of numerical count.

    TABLE

    ItemProduct
    1fresh fruits
    2fresh vegetables
  • SOR/78-171, ss. 2, 3;
  • SOR/78-789, ss. 3, 4;
  • SOR/81-580, s. 1.
 
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