Label Requirements for Maple Syrup in Ontario

Ontario Regulation 119/11

Labelling requirements set out on this page are for maple syrup. For labelling requirements for maple products other than maple syrup, refer to Label Requirements for Ontario Maple Products Other Than Maple Syrup.


Introduction

Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 119/11 Produce, Honey and Maple Products under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 regulates the grading, packaging, labelling, transportation, advertising and sale of maple products.

The regulation applies to maple products produced in Ontario that are packed or repacked in an Ontario establishment that is not federally registered within the meaning of the Canada Agricultural Products Act Maple Products Regulations. It also applies to maple products produced outside Ontario that are packed or repacked in non-federally registered Ontario establishments.

Maple Syrup Container Requirements

A “container” is any bottle, jar, bag, pail, drum or other receptacle that contains maple product. Maple syrup may be packed in any container provided it is clean, sound, suitable for the purpose and made of food grade material. Consumer containers ( those with a capacity of 5 litres or less) of maple syrup must be new and securely closed. Every container must be filled to at least 90 per cent of its capacity.

Labels

A “label” includes any mark, sign, device, ticket, tag, imprint or stamp applied directly onto a container or otherwise affixed or attached to the container by any means. Specific labelling requirements apply to every consumer and bulk container of maple syrup. A container that is filled by the consumer from a bulk display or dispenser at the time of purchase does not require labelling. Labelling requirements in O. Reg. 119/11 are in addition to requirements in the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (Canada) and the Food and Drugs Act (Canada). For example, the regulations under the federal Food and Drugs Act outline nutrition requirements for consumer containers. Language requirements are set out in regulations under the federal Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.

Container label Requirements

The information required may be indicated on one or more label applied or affixed to maple syrup containers. Every container of maple syrup packed in Ontario at a non-federally registered establishment, except containers with a capacity of 125 millilitres or less, must have a label with the following information:

  • the name of the maple product (“maple syrup”)
  • the name and full address of the packer or, if the maple product is packed on behalf of a retailer, producer or other person, the name and full address of the person on whose behalf the maple syrup is packed
    • a full address means sufficient information to identify the exact location of the relevant person's premises, such as a municipal address or property identification number and includes a postal code.
  • the volume of maple syrup in the container
    • Except when the maple syrup is sold from a dispenser at a retail premise and poured into a consumer’s package at the time of purchase
  • the maple product place of origin, if required (see place of origin requirements)
  • the grade immediately followed by the colour class of the maple syrup:
    • in a consumer container; and
    • in a bulk container when that container is being sold or transported directly to a consumer or retail outlet
    • by January 1, 2018, a code identifying the production lot of the maple syrup

Maple syrup containers with a capacity of 125 ml or less must have a label with the following information:

  • the name of the maple product (“maple syrup”)
  • the name and full address of the packer or, if the maple syrup is packed on behalf another person, the name and full address of the person for whom the maple syrup was packed
  • the maple product place of origin, if required

Place of Origin Requirements

Place of origin is required when:

  • maple syrup is produced outside Ontario and transported into Ontario in bulk for packaging and sale within Ontario, and
  • when Ontario maple syrup is blended with maple syrup produced outside Ontario

The label on a container must include information on the maple syrup’s place of origin in addition to the information above. See the table below for place of origin requirements.

Non-Blended Maple Syrup
Maple Syrup Origin Place of Origin Requirement Examples
Ontario Not required but not prohibited by O. Reg. 119/11
Province other than Ontario (e.g. Quebec) “Product of Quebec” or “Product of Canada”
Outside of Canada (e.g. USA) “Product of USA”

Blended Maple Syrup
Maple Syrup Origin Place of Origin Requirment Examples
Ontario and a province other than Ontario “Product of Ontario and Quebec” or “Product of Canada”
Ontario and outside of Canada “Product of Ontario and USA”

Although not a requirement under O. Reg. 119/11, where maple syrup is wholly produced and packaged in Ontario, a producer/packer may optionally include “Product of Ontario” or “Product of Canada” on the label.

Lot Code Requirements

Effective January 1, 2018, all maple syrup containers with a capacity of more than 125 ml must be identified with a production lot code. A production lot is the grouping of product produced, processed or packaged under similar circumstances within a given timeframe. A lot code is the specific identifier assigned to all products in a production lot and can be any unique combination of letters and/or numbers. Records must be maintained for each lot code.

Other Label Requirements

Bulk maple syrup packed in previously used containers (i.e. containers with a capacity of more than five liters) must either have:

  • New labels that meet all requirements
  • information on previous labels completely obliterated and any required information added

Misrepresentation

False or misleading information on any label or container of maple syrup or in any advertisement for a maple syrup is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, misrepresenting:

  • The name and address of:
    • the packer, or
    • if the packer packs the maple product on behalf of a retailer, producer or other person, the person on whose behalf it is packed
  • the place in which the maple product was produced
  • the amount of maple product contained in the container
  • the grade or colour class of the maple product

Labelling Resources

Provincial (Ontario)

Federal (Canada)


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Suzete Moniz - Regulatory & Standards Coordinator/OMAFRA
Creation Date: 27 July 2011
Last Reviewed: 17 March 2016