Organization: Metric Commission Canada
Product: Brochure
Year: 1981

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Metric shopping is here!

This pamphlet will help you buy food weighed in the store in grams and kilograms

Here is why metric shopping is here

If we in Canada want to maintain our standard of living we must export to pay for our imports, such as bananas, oranges, grapefruit and many other food items which we buy in retail food stores.

Many items which we export, such as automobiles, are now metric. The U.S.A. and every other country that manufactures cars now designs them in metric units. Metric means exports – Exports means jobs – Jobs mean money in the wallet of the consumer who shops in retail food stores.

Metric conversion has been a Canadian government policy since 1970. To start implementation of this policy, the Parliament of Canada amended the Weights and Measures Act and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act in 1971. This policy was further implemented in all sectors of the Canadian economy through close cooperation between industry, business and government involving over 100 industry committees.

Since this conversion policy also affects the sale of products weighed in retail food stores, the Canadian retail food industry, the scale industry and other related groups, in response to the Government’s policy, prepared a plan for the metric conversion of retail food scales.

In 1977 Parliament passed the Statute Law (Metric Conversion) Amendment Act, giving the Canadian Government authority to regulate the conversion of retail food scales. Regulations under the Weights and Measures Act were published on July 8, 1981 and are now law. The contents of the Regulations are based on industry and consumer recommendations designed to ensure that the conversion is fair and equitable to both retailers and consumers. The metric conversion of retail food scales started simultaneously in about 20 cities across Canada in January 1982. It will progressively cover the rest of the country within a two-year period ending in December 1983, according to schedules established by local committees in different areas.


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