Packaging Design Tip: Canadian Food Packaging

How to format your product packaging’s bilingual main display panel

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English and French text on the main display panel must meet minimum type height requirements (1,6 mm) but does NOT have to be the same type height.

However, the Canadian government strongly recommends that both languages be presented in the same height for legibility and consistency.


The French text must appear on the principal display panel in one of the following ways:

– Grouped together (English together and French together)


– Alternating between languages

When there are one or multiple surfaces of the same size and prominence as the principal display panel, separate English and French display panels may be created.

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