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Ontario Food Safety Laws and Requirements

The Ontario Food Premise Regulation clearly states all that is required to aid food premises in preventing all health hazards and contamination. It describes the basic requirements in regard to the various everyday work food handlers are involved in: food handler hygiene, pest control, sanitizing, temperature control, and maintenance.

Public Health Inspectors use the food handler certification during their inspection; as stated in the regulation it is a mandatory certification for food handlers.

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Federal Laws

Health Canada is tasked with creating policies and defining safety standards for businesses in the food safety industry.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is in charge of ensuring these policies and standards are followed.

Here are some laws and rules at the federal level that deal with the food safety in Canada

  • Safe Food for Canadian Act
  • Food and Drugs Act

Provincial Laws

Provincial food safety laws are set by:

  • Ontario Food Premises Regulation under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act 
  • Ontario Food Safety and Quality Act 


These rules say that food sold in Ontario must be really safe for people to eat. The food also needs to meet all the specific requirements listed in the Ontario Food Premises Regulations.

Food safety in Ontario is governed by public health inspectors. 

What does the Regulation say about Food Handlers Certificates in Ontario?

At least one person on-site must have a valid food handler certificate at every food premise.

What Should I Do?

Expert Advice:  The recommendation by all health inspectors and health departments is to get you and your entire staff certified. Becoming a certified food handler secures you and your business from claims of food contamination or poisoning.

Food Handlers Certification: Additional Information

Getting a Food Handler Certification is something many of your staff has to do by law, and it is a good idea to make sure every person who deals with food in your business gets certified

Certificate Expiry and Renewal?

In Ontario, Food Handler Certifications are valid for 5 years, and you need to renew them every five years.

Who Should Take This Food Handler Certificate Course in Ontario?

In Ontario, every operator of a food service premise must ensure at least one employee on every shift has a valid Food Handler Certificate. Probe It’s Food Hander provides an accepted Food Handlers Certificate and is government approved. Our Food Handler Certificate will be valid for 5 years in Ontario and across Canada.

What Happens If I Don’t Get The Food Handlers Certificate in Ontario?

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

ENFORCEMENT: Public Health Inspectors In Ontario

n Ontario, we have municipalities and regional health inspectors inspect locations to maintain food safety. Public Health Inspectors typically visit businesses before they open as well as anytime within every four to six-month period afterwards.

During inspector visits, be prepared to present all employee Food Handler Certificates and your Food Safety Plan.

The role of local health inspectors in food safety in Ontario is to:


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