Packaging and Labelling


Packaging protects your product from physical damage and chemical or microbiological contamination. It provides a medium for your advertising message, and is one of the greatest influences on a consumer's decision to buy. It is an important part of your new business.

The Packaging Association of Canada unites the design, supply and user sectors of the packaging industry, including:

  • food and grocery products - both national and private labels
  • beverages, including soft drinks, juices, beer, liquor, milk, tea and coffee
  • pharmaceutical formulations, cosmetics and personal care items.


Labelling is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Requirements vary. In general, they include:

  • product identity
  • weight or volume
  • manufacturer information
  • best-before date if shelf-life is 90 days or less
  • storage instructions if applicable
  • nutritional information
  • bilingual labels
  • UPC Codes.

A Nutrition Labelling Toolkit is available from CFIA.

For more information:
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