Welcome to Canada's New Food Guide

The first phase of the newly revised Canada Food Guide was released in January of 2019. The revision is a multi-year project that is part of Government of Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy.

This new guide focuses more on “how to eat” than “how much to eat.” It emphasizes that “healthy eating is more than the foods you eat.” A plate has replaced the familiar image of the rainbow, but despite this new look many of the messages are similar to the previous version.


Major shifts in the New Food Guide include:

Food Variety

  • “Protein Foods” have been established as a new food group and combines foods from the meat and alternatives and the milk and alternatives food groups. Protein Foods include nuts, seeds, tofu, legumes, meat, milk products, eggs, and fish.
  • Water is the drink of choice, though plain milk and unsweetened plant-based beverages are still considered healthy choices.
  • Prescriptive food guide servings have been removed; instead the guide uses the plate method to show how much of each food group should be included in our diets.

The new guide recommends healthy food choices, healthy behaviours, and supportive nutrition environments.

This new version is a mobile-friendly website: food-guide.canada.ca. Heath Canada plans to update the website with new resources and relevant nutrition information as needed. More information is expected through Canada’s Healthy Eating Pattern, with details for a variety of ages and stages, later in 2019.


What’s in the new guide?

  • Free downloads (snapshot, posters)
  • Recipes, healthy eating tips & videos
  • The history of food guidelines in Canada
  • Professional backgrounders with the evidence- based rationale for the new dietary guidelines

The updated guide is available in both English and French. You can download and print off your own colour copies or you can order directly from Health Canada.



Canada's Food Guide Snapshot is now available in 26 additional languages (17 multicultural and 9 Indigenous).

  • Multicultural: Arabic, Farsi, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Simplified Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Traditional Chinese, Urdu and Vietnamese.
  • Indigenous: Dene, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut (Baffin), Inuktitut (Nunatsiavut), Inuktitut (Nunavik), Michif, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree and Plains Cree.


The key messages from the new guide are:

Healthy Eating Recommendations

Make it a habit to eat a variety of healthy foods each day:

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants (like beans and nuts) more often.


 Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. It is also about where, when, why and how you eat.

As more resources become available, we will be linking to them on our Health Unit website


 First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

The new Canada's food guide has been developed to be relevant to all Canadians, as well as be inclusive of Indigenous Peoples. As part of the revision process Health Canada worked with First Nations, Inuit and Metis to support the development of healthy eating tools for Indigenous Peoples.

The Canada's Food Guide for First Nations, Inuit and Métis can still be used as a trusted source of information along with the new 2019 Canada’s Food Guide on healthy eating to support Indigenous Peoples until new tools are available.


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