Food for Thought

Serving up the latest news and insights


October 2018

GS1 Canada is pleased to provide you with the fall edition of our Food for Thought newsletter. With every edition, we will bring you the latest insights, news and trends impacting the sector and your business.

What’s Happening at GS1 Canada

Cannabis is now legal in Canada

Starting October 17, cannabis is now legal for recreational use across all provinces of Canada.

To enable traceability across the cannabis supply chain, GS1 Canada has been consulting with provincial cannabis authorities and representatives from the cannabis business community to develop key guidelines on which global standards licensed producers will need to adopt.

Find out more about how GS1 standards are supporting cannabis traceability.

Healthy Eating with Health Canada

As part of the Healthy Eating Strategy, Health Canada intends to research product information relating to sodium and other nutrients. Health Canada is planning to release draft sodium reduction targets, for consultation, for the retail and foodservice sectors before the end of this year.

As tracking the evolution and ongoing product ingredient and nutrition changes in the Canadian market is an important part of the strategy, Health Canada is requesting access to your product information in ECCnet Registry and ECCnet Item Certification - Nutritional.

To contribute to the better understanding of the food landscape in Canada, publish your ECCnet Registry catalogue to Health Canada.

Find out more about this initiative.

What Users are Saying About TrueSource™ Dashboard

Find out more about how TrueSource™ Dashboard provides visibility to the status of your product content at

What’s Happening at GS1 Global

GTIN Reuse Rules Are Changing January 1 – Prepare Now

In today’s omni-channel world, the typical lifecycle of a product has extended significantly. With increasing popularity of online trade channels and re-sellers, there has been global agreement on the need to have a single rule establishing a permanently assigned unique global identification number for all products.

Aligning with existing global best practice and identifying that products can have multiple lifecycles and must maintain traceability throughout all of them, GS1 has been directed to update the Global GTIN Management Standards to ensure traceability across the value chain through unique product identification.

The healthcare sector has been practicing GTIN non-reuse since 2011 and, starting January 1, 2019, no GTINs can be reused, ensuring that product identification is truly unique and persistent in both physical and digital worlds to support today’s omni-channel consumer experiences.

In preparation for this upcoming change to the global standard in January, the terms and conditions applicable to the licensing of GS1 Canada identifiers, such as GTINs and Prefixes, are being updated, and the updated agreement can be found here.

More details on GTIN Non-Reuse can be found here.

Learning Spotlight

To consistently provide our subscribers with engaging training and education for our solutions, tools and services, the following new learning resources are available:

TrueSource™ Dashboard training module

SmartLabel™ Extract training module

We also recently hosted a popular new webinar about our ECCnet Recall solution – hosted by Kevin Bivand, Senior Director, Quality Assurance, Shoppers Drug Mart explaining the importance of implementing GS1 Canada’s Recall for his business.

Upcoming Events

Meet with representatives from GS1 Canada at these upcoming industry events and galas!

Grocery Innovations Canada
October 23-24, 2018
Toronto, Ontario
Booth #1715

Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Awards
Presentation of Innovators Award
October 24, 2018
Toronto, Ontario

November 6, 2018
Montreal, Quebec

Golden Pencil Awards
Join us in honouring this year’s recipients and network with the leaders, legends and decision makers of Canada’s food industry.
November 19, 2018 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

GS1 Canada’s Coming Enhancements

Based on subscriber feedback, we are continually enhancing and improving our tools and services.

Upcoming enhancements include:

  • ECCnet Registry
  • Item Centre
  • Recall
  • GTIN Allocation Assistant

  • TrueSource™ Dashboard
  • SmartLabel™ Extract
  • myGS1
  • Content Capture Service Request

Learn more on the GS1 Canada website.

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Tell us what you think about the Food for Thought newsletter, our solutions and anything GS1 Canada related at

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