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Study online at a time and place that suits you. Complete the same day or take up to 30 days to finish your course.

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Understand the law

Be sure that you’re meeting your legal requirements. Your location and role both impact the laws you need to follow.

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Business solutions to keep you compliant

Need to enrol multiple employees? CIFS has the tools you need to enrol, manage and ensure compliance for all your Food Handlers.

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Food Handler Certification

The Canadian Institute of Food Safety’s official Food Handler Certification Course meets Canada’s legal requirements for food safety training.

Our training is:

  • nationally recognized
  • accepted by Health Inspectors
  • food safety audit compliant
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Study and complete your certification at a time and place that suits you.

Same-day certification

Receive your certificate via email within minutes of completing the course.

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Be confident that your qualification is recognized by Health Inspectors across Canada.

12 months of free CIFS membership

Get important updates and newsletters, and access to our entire library of guides, forms, posters and more.

The Canadian Institute of Food Safety

The Canadian Institute of Food Safety (CIFS) is a forward-thinking education provider dedicated to improving food safety knowledge and skills.

We work with the public, as well as small, medium and enterprise food businesses in every industry that’s regulated by the Canadian Government.

Trusted by the Canadian Food Industry

A&W
Arbys
Booster Juice
Boston Pizza
Courtyard by Marriott
Dairy Queen
Earls
Harvey's
Kernels
Shoppers Drug Mart
Subway
Swiss Chalet
The Keg
Tim Hortons

Food safety laws and requirements

Food safety training requirements are set and enforced at a provincial level. Click on the name of your province to learn more.

Get more than certification

When you register in the CIFS Food Handler Certification Course, you automatically receive 12 months of CIFS Membership for free.

CIFS Members enjoy regular newsletters and important updates, as well as unlimited access to our entire Resource Library, including:

  • printable posters, checklists and fact sheets
  • downloadable how-to guides
  • food safety news and product recalls
  • instructional videos and more

Food Safety Resources

Our mission is to reduce food-borne illness in Canada. To help achieve this goal, we provide our community with food safety tools and resources to help them manage food safety risks. Our food safety blogs and news articles are freely available to both CIFS Members and the general public.