The province is moving ahead with legislation which will require chain restaurants to put nutritional information on menus.
Health Minister Deb Matthews is acting off of a panel report and industry consultations.
If passed, this legislation would require restaurant chains and grocery stores with more than 20 locations to place calorie counts on menus and menu boards.
This would be for both food and drinks.
Matthews says it would also make restaurants give a contextual statement about the food, such as how many calories the average adult should consume in a day.
Food inspectors would be able to fine an establishment that didn't do any of this.
The goal is to give customers information they may not have in order for them to make healthy food choices. The province hopes it will counteract rising childhood obesity numbers, an issue the healthcare system has been struggling with.
This would not affect smaller restaurants.
This legislation only recommends posting calorie counts, with Matthews calling it a first step.