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Tobacco Products Appearance, Packaging and Labelling Regulations

Version of section 15 from 2019-11-09 to 2023-07-31:

Marginal note:Alphanumeric code

  •  (1) A primary package and a secondary package may display an alphanumeric code that is composed of no more than 10 numeric characters and either the abbreviation “CA” that represents Canada or one of the following internationally approved alpha codes that represents the province or territory where the product is sold:

    • (a) in the case of Ontario, “ON”;

    • (b) in the case of Quebec, “QC”;

    • (c) in the case of Nova Scotia, “NS”;

    • (d) in the case of New Brunswick, “NB”;

    • (e) in the case of Manitoba, “MB”;

    • (f) in the case of British Columbia, “BC”;

    • (g) in the case of Prince Edward Island, “PE”;

    • (h) in the case of Saskatchewan, “SK”;

    • (i) in the case of Alberta, “AB”;

    • (j) in the case of Newfoundland and Labrador, “NL”;

    • (k) in the case of Yukon, “YT”;

    • (l) in the case of the Northwest Territories, “NT”; and

    • (m) in the case of Nunavut, “NU”.

  • Marginal note:Alphanumeric code — manner of display

    (2) The alphanumeric code may be displayed on a primary package and a secondary package if it is displayed in such a manner that the code

    • (a) has a matte finish and is printed in a regular weight and width Lucida Sans Serif font style, without italics, and in black or gray;

    • (b) is printed only once on the primary package and once on the secondary package, in characters of no more than 8 points; and

    • (c) in the case of a package that has a rectangular cuboid shape when it is closed, is displayed on only the exterior surface of the top, bottom or any one of the sides of the package.

  • Marginal note:Information — characteristics

    (3) The alphanumeric code must not convey any information relating to characteristics of the tobacco product that the package contains or the tobacco product’s emissions.

  • Marginal note:Brand element

    (4) The alphanumeric code must not evoke the tobacco product’s brand elements.

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