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Archived - Consultation on proposed changes to Canada's beer compositional standards – Notice of Intent

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The consultation closed on August 15, 2017.

The Government of Canada is committed to modernizing regulations relating to the beer compositional standards in order to better serve the beer industry and consumers.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking comments on proposed changes to the beer compositional standards during a 60-day consultation. Proposed changes were published in a Notice of Intent in Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 17, 2017. A World Trade Organization (WTO) notification was also shared to solicit feedback from Canada's trading partners.

The CFIA will take all comments into consideration when amending the beer compositional standards in the Food and Drug Regulations. It is anticipated that the proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, spring 2018.

The beer compositional standards in the Food and Drug Regulations establish the requirements a product must meet in order to be labelled, packaged, sold, or advertised as beer in Canada.

The consultation process

The Notice of Intent, with a corresponding WTO notification, proposes changes and identifies areas that are still under consideration. It signals a clear commitment to move forward on amending standards in 2017. The feedback received during the consultation will help determine if the proposal continues to reflect marketplace realities, including competition, innovation and technological development, within the sector for small, medium and large-sized brewers.

The CFIA is also seeking valuable information on the potential impacts on stakeholders using an economic survey. This information will support the development of the regulatory proposal. It is possible to request a copy of the survey by sending an email to

This consultation advances the regulatory development work needed to formally pre-publish the regulatory proposal in Canada Gazette, Part I.

To participate

  1. Review the proposed changes
  2. Submit your comments to:

    Director, Consumer Protection and Market Fairness Division
    Food Import Export and Consumer Protection Directorate
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    1400 Merivale Road, Tower 2
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0Y9

    or by email:

Correspondence should indicate "Beer Compositional Standards Consultation June 2017" in the subject line.

The consultation closes on August 15, 2017.

Additional Information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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