Food Safety Training Requirements in British Columbia

Written by Moncel Admin on January 14, 2017

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BC Food Safety Legislation

The Food Handler Certification Course provided by the Canadian Institute of Food Safety is approved under Section 10 of the British Columbia Food Premises Regulation. This means that the course meets all legislative requirements for food safety training in the province.

Food safety training is recommended for all staff in British Columbia food businesses, however at a minimum the following rules must be followed:

1. Every operator of a food business must hold an approved food safety training certificate
2. Whenever the operator of a food business is absent from the premises, at least one employee must be present who holds an approved food safety training certificate.

Most special events, temporary food establishments and community events normally require a Food Premises Operating permit and must also follow regulatory requirements.


Food safety training must be renewed every five years in British Columbia. When you complete a course with the Canadian Institute of Food Safety we’ll send you a reminder about recertification a few months before the course expiry date.

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