Category: Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

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Banking Cannabis Clients Under Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Regime

May 25, 2017

Unlike the United States, where the sale of cannabis remains illegal federally, the sale of cannabis for medicinal purposes has been legalized in Canada. Following a recent announcement by the Canadian government, legislation has now been proposed that would expand access to cannabis by legalizing the sale of recreational cannabis by registered dealers in Canada. Under the proposed legislation, the…

Blakes Roundtable: Cannabis

May 2, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the federal government announced much anticipated legislation to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. This roundtable brings thought leaders from across the sector in Canada and the U.S., together with Blakes lawyers, who will consider the challenges and opportunities resulting from the legislation and its far-reaching and extensive potential impacts on business….

Federal Cannabis Legislation: Five Key Considerations for Employers

April 27, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act (Act), which will legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes in Canada (see our April 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Federal Government Introduces Cannabis Legislation. The Act received first reading on April 13, 2017 and, if passed, is expected to take effect on or before July 2018. The…

Ontario Court Allows Workplace Random Drug and Alcohol Testing to Proceed

April 26, 2017

In April 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice allowed the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to proceed with implementing random drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive employees, pending the outcome of an ongoing arbitration. The decision, finding in favour of the employer, is a rare and important case on the issue of random workplace drug and alcohol testing, which had…

Cannabis in Canada: A Changing Legal Landscape

April 19, 2017

The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.

Federal Government Introduces Cannabis Legislation

April 13, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act (Act), the much-anticipated legislation to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. The Act received first reading on April 13, 2017 and, if passed, is expected to take effect on or before July 2018. The two main policy objectives cited by the federal government in enacting…

Government of Canada Finalizes Food Labelling Changes

December 21, 2016

On December 14, 2016, the Government of Canada announced amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) by publishing the Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Nutrition Labelling, Other Labelling Provisions and Food Colours). The amendments will bring significant changes to the labelling of food products, including changes to standardize serving sizes, amend the nutrients listed in the nutrition…

Amendments to Ontario’s Calorie Disclosure Requirements

October 12, 2016

Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care recently announced amendments to the regulations (Regulations) under the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (Act), which, among other things, add new categories of items exempt from the Act’s labelling requirements. These amendments were made to clarify and provide further guidance on the Act. The Regulations have now been finalized and set out…

Let’s Eat: New Calorie Disclosure Requirements Coming to an Ontario Restaurant Near You

September 26, 2016

Big changes are coming to Ontario’s restaurant landscape. As of January 1, 2017, the Healthy Menu Choices Act (Act) will require food service chains with 20 or more locations in Ontario to disclose calorie information for most standard food and drink items on menus, labels, tags and signage. The changes will require many in the food service sector to implement…

Ontario Wine Causing Headaches: Vintners Struggle to Comply with Labelling Laws

March 7, 2016

Regulated by the federal and provincial governments and the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA), wine labelling requirements in Ontario can be complicated. This can make it difficult to comply. Despite this, it’s important to adhere to the various requirements as the repercussions for non-compliance can be hard on both the pocket book and the day-to-day business of a winery, particularly if…

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