The Manitoba Food and Food Handling Establishment Regulation provides all the detailed requirements for a food premises to ensure prevention of health hazards. It outlines the minimum requirements pertaining to maintenance, temperature control, sanitizing, pest control, food handler hygiene and the various daily tasks that food handlers are involved in.

The Food Premise Regulation is used by Public Health Inspectors during inspection.

What does the Winnipeg by-law say about Food Handlers Certificate?

The City of Winnipeg’s Food Safety By-Law (5160/89, Sections 5.6, 5.7, 5.8) requires the person in charge of the food establishment to hold a valid food handler certificate.

If there are 5 or more food handlers working in the food premise, then there must be at least one person who has their food handler certificate.

Additionally, the food handler certificate must be placed in a prominent area in the food establishment.

What should I do?

EXPERT ADVICE: Get yourself and your entire staff certified. This is the recommendation by health inspectors and the health department. Completing a Food Handler Certification course helps ensure you or your business is never the cause of food poisoning.

Consequences can be severe if you or your staff choose to neglect food safety certification

What happens if I don’t get the Food Handlers Certificate?

Twice as likely to fail health inspections

50% more likely to have food-borne illnesses

Suspended or revoked Food Establishment license

Business closure

Financial penalties (up to thousands of dollars)

Charges and prosecution

Seizure and destruction of inventory

Bad publicity