Earlier this year, BC Government launched the Informed Dining Program to help the residents of BC make informed choices when dining out in restaurants. The program was developed with input from The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon.
Why the Informed Dining Program has been Developed
The intent of the program is to provide customers with nutritional information at or before the point of ordering their food, so they can make an informed decision.
Eating out has become an enjoyable part of our everyday lives, however with the rising rates of obesity and health issues, consumers have been increasing pressure on the industry for more nutritional information on what they are eating. Similar to packaged goods in the grocery store.
Why Should You Participate?
By participating in the program you will be seen as a leader in customer service and create a niche for your small business providing a requirement competitors do not. Your business will also be recognized through promotional and advertising campaigns coordinated by the Ministry of Health.
How to Provide Information to Customers
Participating restaurants will be required to provide nutritional information for all standard menu items, including appetizers, entrees, side dishes, desserts and beverages. Information will include daily calorie and sodium requirements.
Information can be displayed in a number of formats including:
- On the menu
- A menu insert
- An additional menu
- A brochure or poster
- A QR code on a menu
How to Determine the Nutritional Content of Your Menu Items
The way you determine the nutritional content of your menu items is up to you. It is your responsibility to ensure that the nutritional values presented are accurate and that the method that they have been obtained is reliable and verifiable.
There are different ways to generate these valued including accredited laboratories, independent consultants and nutrition analysis software. For more information on how to obtain this information view Informed Dining’s Guide to Nutritional Analysis.
How to Apply
To apply for the small business support, download and complete the Informed Dining Program’s Expression of Interest Form from the HealthyFamiliesBC website. Once complete, submit the form to:
By post: Ministry of Health, Chronic Disease, Injury Prevention & the Built Environment, 4-2, 1515 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC V8W 3C8 Attention: Informed Dining.
Once submitted a representative of the Ministry of Health will contact you within 5 business days to discuss your eligibility and requirements.