Restaurant Licencee Fees


The Health Check program is run on a not-for-profit, cost-recovery basis and remains financially independent from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the federal government.  Health Check is self-supporting through fees from participating companies and restaurants. However, to join Health Check, restaurants must first ensure their items meet the nutrient criteria.  As a not-for-profit program, any surplus funds are reinvested in nutrition education and research.  Health Check is not a fund-raiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


To ensure that the program is widely accessible to all companies small or large, fees are modest and kept as low as possible.  The fee structure considers many variables such as the number of restaurant outlets and menu items.  

There are two components to fees:  1. one-time menu item evaluation fees and 2. annual licensing fee for menu items. The menu item evaluation fee is a one-time fee applied when the menu item is initially registered and covers the cost of evaluation and certification. To encourage additional menu item participation and limit potential costs to restaurants there are set limits on licensing fees. The annual licensing fee structure is based on a sliding scale taking into consideration:

  • The number of restaurant outlets.
  • The number of menu items.

Example: The certificaiton of 2 menu items for an operator with 10-35 outlets would pay a one-time evaluation fee of $1,125 ($700 + $425 for the second recipe), plus $5,350 in annual licensing fees $2,675 x 2).

Evaluation Fees:

  • One-time fee
  • Dependent on number of items submitted
  • $150 - $700 per menu item

Annual Licensing Fee



Number of locations Fee Per Menu Item Maximum Corporate Fee (14+ menu items)

1 - 9


10 - 35



36 - 99 $3,325 $45,000
100+ $4,000 $55,000