May 29, 2023

What are the Packaging and Labeling Rules?

Julien Mainguy

French and based in Vancouver since 2014, Julien Mainguy is the co-founder of Best of France. Passionate about the cultural difference between Canada and Europe, he is leading numerous projects to create awareness, help people grow, and bring communities together.

In accordance with the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, the following information must appear on the packaging/labelling of consumer goods sold in Canada:

  • the product identity statement (in English AND French)
  • the net quantity declaration (liters or grams)
  • the name and address of the seller (in English OR French)

The net quantity of liquids must be indicated in mL or liters (volumes equal to or greater than 1000 mL). The net quantity of solid products must be indicated in grams or kg (quantities equal to or greater than 1000 grams). The quantity of some foods may be expressed in number of units.

For food products, the following information is added to the list:

  • the origin
  • the list of ingredients in descending order
  • the indication of allergens present in the food
  • the name and address of the authority responsible for the product
  • the state of the product (e.g.: defrosted product)
  • the expiration date

For textile products, see the guide to textile labeling.

What are the distribution networks in Canada?

Five major retail chains hold over 62% of the market share in Canada. They are Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Costco and Walmart. Costco is the leader in wholesale sales for professionals and individuals.

Other chains specialize in one area such as culture (Chapters), home improvement (Home Depot), furniture (The Brick) or electronics (Best Buy).

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