Yesterday, regulations were published in the Canada Gazette Part II, implementing plain packaging for tobacco products. The coming into force date is November 9, 2019.
- Announcement and Backgrounder
- Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance)
- Order in Council relating to coming into force under the Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act
The regulations stated, in section 9: “the interior and exterior surfaces of a primary package and of a secondary package must not display any brand element or any colour or information.”
The backgrounder notes that:
The new plain and standardized appearance measures will begin to come into force on November 9, 2019. The measures include removing distinctive and attractive features from packaging and products and requiring all packages to be of the same drab brown colour. Only the permitted text may be displayed on the packages, in a standard location, font, colour and size.