Are you in Compliance with Ontario Maple Product Regulations?

Teresa Ferreira, Regulatory and Standards Coordinator
( or 519-826-4380)

After consultation with the industry, a number of regulatory amendments came into effect on January 1, 2016. Maple producers were granted a two year transition period to come into compliance with the amended regulatory requirements.

The two year transition period is coming to an end, and on January 1, 2018 producers must be in compliance with all regulatory requirements, including the following:

  • Each container must be labelled with the production lot of the maple syrup.
  • All food contact surfaces used in the production and packing process of maple products or sap must be made of food grade materials.
  • Ontario processing grade maple syrup can be sold in any size container.
  • Ontario No. 1 is replaced with Ontario Grade A.
  • New colour classification must be used:
    • Golden
    • Amber
    • Dark
    • Very Dark

The previous five colour classifications - Extra Light, Light, Amber, Medium and Dark - have been replaced by four new colour classifications - Golden, Amber, Dark, and Very Dark

Under the revised regulations use of the taste descriptor (Delicate, Rich, Robust, Strong) is optional.

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

These regulatory changes support the sector's growth, improve food safety, promote consistency in the marketplace, and strengthen the consumer's ability to make informed buying decisions.

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
Author: Teresa Ferreira - Regulatory and Standards Coordinator/OMAFRA
Creation Date: December 2017
Last Reviewed: December 2017