Vending Machines

The Government of British Columbia is committed to helping British Columbians make healthy choices where they live, learn, work and play.  Although a vending machine is often the only option for a quick snack, junk food shouldn't be. The Healthier Choices in Vending Machines in BC Public Buildings policy sets minimum nutrient standards for prepackaged food and beverages so a range of healthier options are available in public buildings. Nutrient criteria for the policy are based on the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in British Columbia Schools.


Healthier Choices in Vending Machines in B.C. Public Buildings Policy

The Healthier Choices in Vending Machines policy came into effect in 2006 and was updated in 2014 to align with other provincial healthy eating nutrition standards. The policy applies to vending machines located in provincial public buildings, including health care facilities. The policy can be voluntarily adopted by any group or organization to support healthy choices in their own facilities.


Brand Name Food List

This online tool scores prepackaged food and beverages available in B.C. using policy nutrient criteria. The products listed are based on user submissions. Anyone can submit products to add to the Brand Name Food List.

Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC

Connect with a Registered Dietitian at HealthLink BC by dialing 8-1-1, or sending an email.

Useful Contacts

For questions or comments about B.C.’s vending machine policy, please contact us.

Vendor Policy At-A-Glance

Vending Policy Factsheet

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