Forward Regulatory Plan 2022-2024: Regulations Amending the Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance) and Order Amending Schedule 1 to the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending the Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance) and Order Amending Schedule 1 to the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act

Enabling Act

Tobacco and Vaping Products Act

Description

Health Canada is proposing to update existing health-related labelling requirements set out in the Tobacco Products Information Regulations and the Tobacco Products Labelling Regulations (Cigarettes and Little Cigars). They would also extend package labelling requirements to all tobacco products, including those not covered under existing regulations (e.g. tobacco products intended for use with a device, water pipe tobacco and novel tobacco products) and mandate warnings on individual cigarettes.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

It is anticipated that the proposed regulations would improve the clarity of the labelling requirements by bringing together two sets of labelling regulations into one. Tobacco manufacturers and importers would be required to make changes to their tobacco product packaging to comply with new proposed labelling requirements.

They would also have to comply with a rotation scheme whereby messages would be changed periodically.

Consultations

Health Canada consulted with interested parties and citizens in fall 2018 for a 90-day comment period on a published consultation document that included proposals aimed at updating tobacco product labelling in Canada.

A summary of the consultation was published in the What We Heard: New Health-Related Labelling for Tobacco Products: Consultation Summary.

Health Canada pre-published the proposed changes in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 11, 2022 with a 75-day public comment period.

Health Canada plans to publish the proposed changes in Canada Gazette, Part II in spring 2023.

Information on previous consultations and details on upcoming opportunities for consultation in the area of tobacco and vaping can be found on the Canada.ca website.

Further information

Additional information can be requested from the Departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Denis Choinière
Director
Tobacco Products Regulatory Office
Tobacco Control Directorate
Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-859-5669
Email: pregs@hc-sc.gc.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 2015

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