Nutrition Facts Table Formats
Reference Information

Compendium of NFT Templates

The graphics for Schedule L, FDR, as originally published in Canada Gazette Part II, do not illustrate actual-size Nutrition Facts tables. In most cases, the tables are shown larger than required.

Health Canada has developed a Compendium of Templates for Nutrition Facts Tables which includes 270 templates. These correspond to actual-size graphic illustrations of the various versions of the Nutrition Facts table permitted by the FDR. These templates will assist label designers and members of the food and packaging industries in complying with the format specifications of the Regulations.

The Compendium of Templates for Nutrition Facts Tables was created in QuarkXPress 4.1 and is available upon request from your local Canadian Food Inspection Agency office.

If the Acrobat (pdf) files are printed using Acrobat Reader or opened in commonly used artwork software packages such as Adobe Illustrator or Micromedia Freehand, the conversion will cause alterations in the graphic elements. Consequently, before using the converted templates, it is important to check them against the graphic specifications in Schedule L of the Regulations which can be found in Canada Gazette Part II (SOR/2003-11, Vol. 137, No. 5).

The Compendium is only partly available in web page (HTML) format since the images included in the document may not conform to the specifications in the Regulations. Do not use images from the HTML document for generating (e.g., copying, importing, printing) the Nutrition Facts table.

Graphics software (e.g., QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator) will calculate the dimensions and surface area for the largest version of the selected format version when appropriate data is entered in the program. When separate English and French versions of the Nutrition Facts table are used, the surface areas of both tables must be added together.

NFT Measurements

The templates contain only mandatory information. If additional information is included in the NFT, it will not fit in the templates without altering the measurements.

The outer measurements of the NFT, as listed on the templates, may change if additional information is declared or if fonts other than Helvetica or Arial are used.

The tables may be widened or narrowed providing that the information is clear and legible and there is no crowding of information.

The Presentation of the Nutrition Facts Table section provides specific information on NFT contents, such as indents, fonts and leading. Further labelling information is available in the Legibility and Location section.

Measurement When Templates Cannot Be Used

Schedule L sets out all measurements for the NFT. For convenience, the following tables based on Schedule L have been included (numbers reflect Schedule L numbering).

The tables, organized into the six format family groups, provide measurements that may be used to evaluate a NFT when the use of templates is not appropriate. For example, the NFT may contain additional information or it may utilize a sans serif font other than Helvetica or Arial. These measurements may be used to verify different elements of the NFT.

Measurements: Standard, Narrow Standard and Linear Formats

Standard Format, Figure 1
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 1 Eng & Fr (cm2)Dimensions of Table (w × l) cmFont WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – SodiumTable Note 2Thin RulesApproximate increase in figure length for every extra line of information
1.1 61.2 4.7 × 6.5 Normal 13 8 12 0.5 4.2 mm
1.2 49.2 4.1 × 6.0 Normal 13 7 11 0.5 3.9 mm
1.3 38.4 3.2 × 6.0 Condensed 13 7 11 0.5 3.9 mm
1.4 33 3.0 × 5.5 Condensed 10 7 10 0.25 3.5 mm
1.5 31.3 2.9 × 5.4 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5 3.5 mm
1.6 28.6 2.8 × 5.1 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25 3.2 mm

Table Notes

Table Note 1

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and the serving size occupying one line of type (2 lines for the Bilingual Horizontal formats).

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Table Note 2

Thin rules are the horizontal lines separating the nutrient declarations.

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Narrow Standard Format, Figure 2
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 3 Eng & Fr (cm2)Dimensions of Table (w × l) cmFont WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – SodiumTable Note 4Thin RulesApproximate increase in figure length for every extra line of information
2.1 55.4 3.6 × 7.7 Normal 12 8 12 0.5 4.2 mm
2.2 47.6 3.3 × 7.2 Normal 11 7 11 0.5 3.9 mm
2.3 40.4 2.8 × 7.2 Condensed 10 7 11 0.5 3.9 mm
2.4 33.0 2.5 × 6.6 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5 3.5 mm

Table Notes

Table Note 3

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and the serving size occupying one line of type (2 lines for the Bilingual Horizontal formats).

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Table Note 4

Thin rules are the horizontal lines separating the nutrient declarations.

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Bilingual Standard Format, Figure 3
Point Size (Type size of unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 5 Eng & Fr (cm2)Dimensions of Table (w × l) cmFont WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – SodiumTable Note 6Thin RulesApproximate increase in figure length for every extra line of information
3.1 41.6 5.2 × 8.0 Normal 13 8 12 0.5 4.2 mm
3.2 34.5 4.6 × 7.5 Normal 13 7 11 0.5 3.9 mm
3.3 30.8 4.1 × 7.5 Condensed 13 7 11 0.5 3.9 mm
3.4 24.5 3.6 × 6.8 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5 3.5 mm
Table Note 73.5 21.4 3.5 × 6.1 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25
Table Note 73.6 20 3.5 × 5.7 Condensed 10 6 8 0.25
Table Note 73.7 16.2 3.3 × 4.9 Condensed 9 6 7 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 5

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and the serving size occupying one line of type (2 lines for the Bilingual Horizontal formats).

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Table Note 6

Thin rules are the horizontal lines separating the nutrient declarations.

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Table Note 7

In versions 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 of the Bilingual Standard Format there are no rules between vitamin and mineral declarations.

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Bilingual Horizontal Standard Format, Figure 4
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 8 (cm2)Dimensions of Table in cm (width × Length)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – SodiumTable Note 9Thin Rules
4.1 34.9 10.9 × 3.2 Condensed 13 7 11 0.5
4.2 27.8 9.6 × 2.9 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
4.3 24.0 9.6 × 2.5 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25
4.4 22.1 9.6 × 2.3 Condensed 10 6 8 0.25
Table Note 104.5 20.7 10.9 × 1.9 Condensed 10 6 8 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 8

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and the serving size occupying one line of type (2 lines for the Bilingual Horizontal formats).

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Table Note 9

Thin rules are the horizontal lines separating the nutrient declarations.

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Table Note 10

Version 4.5 of the Bilingual Horizontal Standard Format is wider and shorter than the other versions because the vitamins and minerals have been moved to form a third column.

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Linear Format, Figure 16
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionFont WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – between lines of typeThin Rules Table Note 11
16.1 Normal 10 7 8 N/A
16.2 Normal 10 6 7 N/A

Table Notes

Table Note 11

There are no rules in the linear formats.

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Bold Type:
Nutrition Facts, Subheadings (Amount, %Daily Value), Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Potassium, Carbohydrate, Protein.

Measurements: Simplified Format

Simplified Standard Format, Figure 5
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 12 Eng & Fr (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Fat Table Note 13 Thin Rules
5.1 31 Normal 13 8 12 0.5
5.2 29.6 Normal 13 7 11 0.5
5.3 26.2 Condensed 13 7 11 0.5
5.4 24.4 Condensed 10 7 10 0.25
5.5 23.8 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
5.6 22.6 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 12

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients for simplified formats and the serving size as set out in Schedule L.

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Table Note 13

Thin rules are the horizontal lines separating the nutrient declarations.

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Bilingual Simplified Format, Figure 6
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 14 (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Fat Table Note 15Thin Rules
6.1 27.7 Normal 13 8 12 0.5
6.2 25.7 Normal 13 7 11 0.5
6.3 22.8 Condensed 13 7 11 0.5
6.4 19.1 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
Table Note 166.5 14.5 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25
Table Note 166.6 13.9 Condensed 10 6 8 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 14

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients for simplified formats and the serving size as set out in Schedule L.

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Table Note 15

Thin rules are the horizontal lines separating the nutrient declarations.

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Table Note 16

Versions 6.4 and 6.6 of the Bilingual Simplified Standard Format may declare the shortened modified footnote.

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Bilingual Simplified Horizontal Format, Figure 7
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 17 (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Fat Table Note 18Thin Rules
7.1 23.2 Condensed 13 7 11 0.5
7.2 21.6 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
7.3 13.3 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25
7.4 13.3 Condensed 10 6 8 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 17

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients for simplified formats and the serving size as set out in Schedule L.

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Table Note 18

Thin rules are the horizontal lines separating the nutrient declarations.

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Simplified Linear Format, Figure 17
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionFont WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – between lines of typeThin Rules Table Note 19
17.1 Normal 10 7 8 N/A
17.2 Normal or Condensed 10 6 7 N/A

Table Notes

Table Note 19

There are no rules in the Simplified Linear Format.

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Bold Type:
Nutrition Facts, Subheadings (Amount, % Daily Value), Calories, Fat, Carbohydrate, Protein (based on minimum requirements, i.e., no triggered nutrients).

Measurements: Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation

Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation, Figure 8
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 20 Eng & Fr (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Sodium Table Note 21Thin Rules
8.1 85.6 Normal 13 8 12 0.5
8.2 73.2 Normal 13 7 11 0.5
8.3 65.4 Condensed 13 7 11 0.5
8.4 60.0 Condensed 10 7 10 0.25
8.5 55 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
8.6 51.6 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 20

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and displaying 2 sets of information; i.e., for the food as sold and for the food as prepared or combined.

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Table Note 21

Thin rules are the thin horizontal lines between the nutrient declarations.

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Bilingual Dual Format - Foods Requiring Preparation, Figure 9
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 22 (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Sodium Table Note 23Thin Rules
9.1 67.7 Normal 13 8 12 0.5
9.2 63.4 Normal 13 7 11 0.5
9.3 56.3 Condensed 13 7 11 0.5
9.4 43.7 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
Table Note 249.5 40 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25
Table Note 249.6 37.4 Condensed 10 6 8 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 22

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and displaying 2 sets of information; i.e., for the food as sold and for the food as prepared or combined.

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Table Note 23

Thin rules are the thin horizontal lines between the nutrient declarations.

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Table Note 24

In versions 9.5 and 9.6 of the Bilingual Dual Format – Foods Requiring Preparation there are no rules between vitamin and mineral declarations.

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Bold Type:
Nutrition Facts, Subheadings (Amount, Product as Sold, Product as Prepared, % Daily Value), Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Potassium, Carbohydrate, Protein.

Measurements: Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods

Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods, Figure 10
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 25 Eng & Fr (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Sodium Table Note 26Thin Rules
10.1 135.6 Normal 10 8 12 0.5
10.2 126.8 Normal 10 7 11 0.5
10.3 113.8 Condensed 10 7 11 0.5
10.4 105.9 Condensed 10 7 10 0.25
10.5 100.4 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
10.6 92.7 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 25

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and displaying information for 3 different foods.

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Table Note 26

Thin rules are the thin horizontal lines between the nutrient declarations.

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Bilingual Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods, Figure 11
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 27 (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Sodium Table Note 28Thin Rules
11.1 88.4 Normal 10 8 12 0.5
11.2 78.2 Normal 10 7 11 0.5
11.3 70.3 Condensed 10 7 11 0.5
11.4 62.2 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
Table Note 2911.5 53.4 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25
Table Note 2911.6 51 Condensed 10 6 8 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 27

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and displaying information for 3 different foods.

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Table Note 28

Thin rules are the thin horizontal lines between the nutrient declarations.

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Table Note 29

In versions 11.5 and 11.6 of the Bilingual Aggregate Format – Different Kinds of Foods, there are no rules between vitamin and mineral declarations.

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Bold Type:
Nutrition Facts, Subheadings (names of products, Amount, % Daily Value), Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Potassium, Carbohydrate, Protein.

Measurements: Dual Format – Different Amounts of Food

Dual Format – Different Amounts of Food, Figure 12
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 30 Eng & Fr (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Sodium Table Note 31Thin Rules
12.1 71.2 Normal 13 8 12 0.5
12.2 59.2 Normal 13 7 11 0.5
12.3 53.2 Condensed 13 7 11 0.5
12.4 49.6 Condensed 10 7 10 0.25
12.5 41.4 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
12.6 38.4 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 30

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and displaying information for 2 amounts of food.

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Table Note 31

Thin rules are the thin horizontal lines between the nutrient declarations.

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Bilingual Dual Format – Different Amounts of Food, Figure 13
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 32 (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Sodium Table Note 33Thin Rules
13.1 60.7 Normal 13 8 12 0.5
13.2 54.0 Normal 13 7 11 0.5
13.3 47.1 Condensed 13 7 11 0.5
13.4 36.4 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
Table Note 3413.5 32.2 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25
Table Note 3413.6 30.2 Condensed 10 6 8 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 32

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and displaying information for 2 amounts of food.

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Table Note 33

Thin rules are the thin horizontal lines between the nutrient declarations.

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Table Note 34

In versions 13.5 and 13.6 of the Bilingual Dual Format – Different Amounts of Food there are no rules between vitamin and mineral declarations.

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Bold Type:
Nutrition Facts, Subheadings (Amount, Different Amounts of Food, % Daily Value), Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Potassium, Carbohydrate, Protein.

Measurements: Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food

Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food, Figure 14
Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 35 Eng & Fr (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Sodium Table Note 36Thin Rules
14.1 97.8 Normal 10 8 12 0.5
14.2 91.0 Normal 10 7 11 0.5
14.3 82.8 Condensed 10 7 11 0.5
14.4 75.6 Condensed 10 7 10 0.25
14.5 74.4 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
14.6 68.4 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 35

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and displaying information for 2 amounts of food.

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Table Note 36

Thin rules are the thin horizontal lines between the nutrient declarations.

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Bilingual Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food,
Figure 15 Point Size (Type size unless otherwise stated)
VersionTotal Area NFT Table Note 37 (cm2)Font WidthNutrition Facts (Title)Calories & Bolded NutrientsLeading – Sodium Table Note 38Thin Rules
15.1 64.0 Normal 10 8 12 0.5
15.2 53.3 Normal 10 7 11 0.5
15.3 47.4 Condensed 10 7 11 0.5
15.4 40.0 Condensed 10 6 10 0.5
Table Note 3915.5 35.4 Condensed 10 6 9 0.25
Table Note 3915.6 33.1 Condensed 10 6 8 0.25

Table Notes

Table Note 37

Total area of NFT is based on a NFT containing only core nutrients and displaying information for 2 amounts of food.

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Table Note 38

Thin rules are the thin horizontal lines between the nutrient declarations.

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Table Note 39

In versions 15.5 and 15.6 of the Bilingual Aggregate Format – Different Amounts of Food, there are no rules between vitamin and mineral declarations.

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Bold Type:
Nutrition Facts, Subheadings (names of products, Amount, % Daily Value), Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Potassium, Carbohydrate, Protein.

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