The simplified infographics are intended to help summarize key elements of labelling requirements for the main product categories offered by the LCBO. The requirements are comprised of Canadian Federal regulations, as well as Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) policy, Province of Ontario regulations, Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions (CALJ) standards and LCBO Product Packaging Standards. These Guidelines have also been updated to align with CFIA’s Food Modernization Initiative and the Safe Food for Canadians Act & Regulations. 

Exercise caution concerning any text included on your product labels that is not related to Canadian regulatory requirements. Many statements can be considered to be claims and could be subject to additional requirements not covered in the Guidelines. If a manufacturer chooses to include text on labels for marketing purposes, it should be familiar with CFIA guidelines concerning claims and advertising. Note that international labelling requirements can sometimes conflict with Canadian labeling requirements.

In producing these simplified Guidelines, some requirements pertaining to the labeling of products may not have been included and some details may have been omitted.  It is each manufacturer’s responsibility to be familiar and comply with all applicable Canadian laws pertaining to their products, including, without limitation, any labelling requirements in the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions (CALJ) Standards, LCBO Product Packaging Standards and other LCBO operational and policy requirements.  The LCBO takes no responsibility for any problems / errors in label design resulting from a manufacturer’s use of or reliance on these Guidelines.

Wine

Beer

Spirit

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Simplified Labelling Guidelines