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Tobacco Products Regulations (Plain and Standardized Appearance) (SOR/2019-107)

Regulations are current to 2020-03-05 and last amended on 2019-11-09. Previous Versions

PART 1Tobacco Product Packaging (continued)

General Requirements (continued)

Standardized Physical Design Features (continued)

Marginal note:Lining

 Except as otherwise provided by these Regulations, any lining that is placed in a primary package must

  • (a) be white or drab brown;

  • (b) have a matte finish and no variations in colour tone;

  • (c) not display any brand element or any information; and

  • (d) have a smooth texture, without any raised features, embossing, decorative ridges, bulges or other irregularities aside from embossed dots or squares that are required for the automated manufacturing process and that are uniform in size and equidistant.

Marginal note:Overwrap

 Except as otherwise provided by these Regulations, any overwrap that covers a primary package or secondary package must

  • (a) mould to the primary package or secondary package that it covers;

  • (b) be transparent and colourless;

  • (c) not include any tear tape;

  • (d) not display any brand element; and

  • (e) not display any information or features.

Marginal note:Overwrap — more than one primary package

 If an overwrap covers more than one primary package, the following information and features may be displayed on it:

  • (a) calibration marks that meet the requirements of section 19;

  • (b) a bar code, if it is displayed only once on the overwrap, meets the requirements of subsection 16(1) and paragraph 16(2)(a) and is printed directly on the overwrap or on a label that meets the requirements of section 11 and subsections 13(1) and 14(1);

  • (c) a solid black rectangle to cover the bar code on each primary package;

  • (d) the declaration of net quantity and the common name of the tobacco product, printed in white on a black rectangle, if they are oriented parallel to and in the same direction as any information that is displayed on the surface that the overwrap covers; and

  • (e) a health warning and any other information that is required or authorized by or under the Act, any other Act of Parliament or any Act of the legislature of a province.

Marginal note:Tear tape

 An overwrap that covers a primary package or secondary package may include a single tear tape that

  • (a) is made of plastic, is transparent and is either colourless or the colour required by or under an Act of the legislature of a province;

  • (b) forms a straight line that has a uniform width of no more than 3.5 mm around the package or the width required by or under an Act of the legislature of a province;

  • (c) is parallel to any straight edge of the package and perpendicular to the opening of the package;

  • (d) is designed in such a manner that the entire overwrap is removed once the tear tape is torn; and

  • (e) displays only information that is required or authorized by or under the Act, any other Act of Parliament or any Act of the legislature of a province.

Text Size, Style and Placement

Information

Marginal note:Text style and colour

  •  (1) Except as otherwise provided by or under the Act, any other Act of Parliament or any Act of the legislature of a province, any text that is displayed on a primary package or secondary package, or on any overwrap covering the package, must have a matte finish and be printed in a regular weight and width Lucida Sans Serif font style, without italics, and in gray.

  • Marginal note:Spacing

    (2) The space between every word that forms part of an expression must be no more than 4 mm.

Brand Name

Marginal note:Brand name — no colour or filter characteristic

 A brand name that is not prohibited by the Act may be displayed in accordance with these Regulations on a primary package and a secondary package, if the brand name does not evoke a colour or a characteristic of a filter.

Marginal note:Placement

  •  (1) In the case of a primary package or secondary package that has a rectangular cuboid shape when it is closed, the brand name may be displayed only once on each exterior surface of the front, back, top, bottom and sides of the package.

  • Marginal note:Cylindrical package

    (2) Subject to subsection (3), the brand name may be displayed only once on each of the following surfaces of a cylindrical primary package or secondary package:

    • (a) the exterior surface of the top and bottom of the package; and

    • (b) the exterior curved surface of the front and back of the package.

  • Marginal note:Cigar tube

    (3) The brand name may be displayed only once on a cigar tube.

  • Marginal note:Other package

    (4) In the case of any other package, the brand name may be displayed only once on each exterior surface of the package.

Marginal note:Text size and style

  •  (1) Any brand name that is displayed on a primary package or secondary package must

    • (a) be printed in alphabetic characters of 14 points; and

    • (b) form only one line of text.

  • Marginal note:Capital letter

    (2) Only the first letter of each word in the brand name may be a capital letter.

Marginal note:Manner of display

  •  (1) If a brand name is displayed on an exterior surface of a primary package or secondary package and a health warning is also displayed on that surface, the brand name must be oriented parallel to and in the same direction as the health warning and must be centered in the area of that surface that remains unoccupied by the health warning and any other information that is required or authorized by or under the Act, any other Act of Parliament or any Act of the legislature of a province.

  • Marginal note:Other cases

    (2) If a brand name is displayed on an exterior surface of a primary package or secondary package, and no health warning is displayed on that surface, the brand name must be

    • (a) oriented parallel to and in the same direction as any other information that is displayed on that surface and centered in the remaining area of that surface; or

    • (b) centered on that surface, if no other information is displayed on it.

  • Marginal note:Exception — cigar tube

    (3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to a cigar tube.

Manufacturer Information and Declaration of Net Quantity

Marginal note:Manufacturer identity and principal place of business

  •  (1) The manufacturer’s identity and principal place of business may be displayed only once on every primary package and secondary package and must be printed in characters of 10 points.

  • Marginal note:Package — rectangular cuboid shape

    (2) In the case of a primary package or secondary package that has a rectangular cuboid shape when it is closed, the manufacturer’s identity and principal place of business may be displayed on the exterior surface of only one of the sides of the package.

Marginal note:Manner of display

 In the case of any package, other than a cylindrical package, the manufacturer’s identity and principal place of business must be oriented parallel to and in the same direction as any other information that is displayed on the same exterior surface of the package.

Marginal note:Net quantity and common name

  •  (1) The declaration of net quantity and the common name of a tobacco product may be displayed on every primary package and secondary package.

  • Marginal note:Principal display panel

    (2) The declaration of net quantity and the common name of a tobacco product may be displayed only once on each principal display panel, as defined in subsection 2(2) of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations.

Marginal note:Manner of display

  •  (1) If the declaration of net quantity and the common name of a tobacco product are displayed on an exterior surface of a primary package or of a secondary package and a health warning is also displayed on that surface, the declaration and the common name must be oriented parallel to and in the same direction as the health warning.

  • Marginal note:Other cases

    (2) If the declaration of net quantity and the common name of the tobacco product are displayed on an exterior surface of a primary package or of a secondary package and no health warning is displayed on that surface, the declaration and the common name must be oriented parallel to and in the same direction as any other information that is displayed on that surface.

 
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