Food Safety Training Requirements in Ontario

Written by Moncel Admin on January 14, 2017

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**UPDATE** On 1st July 2018, the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) introduced changes to food safety regulations in Ontario. Some of the information provided below may be superseded by the latest regulations. It’s important to always check both provincial and municipal regulations that apply to your food business. To learn more about the changes that have been introduced by MOHLTC¬†click here.

Ontario Food Safety Legislation

The Food Handler Certification Course provided by the Canadian Institute of Food Safety has been approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario.

Whilst there are no food safety training requirements that apply across the entire province of Ontario, there are requirements for mandatory training in various municipalities including the following:

Toronto

The requirement for food safety training in Toronto is covered in Bylaw 678-2006.

The bylaw states the following:

1. There must always be at least one person that holds a Food Handler Certificate working in a supervisory capacity in each area of the premises where food is prepared, processed, served, packaged or stored

2. Anyone that sells or handles refreshments (such as ice cream, ice cream cones, frozen desserts and other frozen confections) from a licensed refreshment vehicle must hold a Food Handler Certificate

Food Safety Certificates must be renewed every 5 years in Toronto.

Hamilton

The requirement for food safety training in Hamilton is covered in Bylaw 07-245.

This bylaw states that there must always be at least one certified Food Handler working in a supervisory capacity during all hours of operation.

Food Safety Certificates must be renewed every 5 years in Hamilton.

Niagara

The requirement for food safety training in Niagara is covered in Bylaw 78-2010.

At a minimum, the following conditions must be met:

1. The owner/operator of the business must have a valid Food Handler Certificate; AND

2. At least one certified Food Handler must be present at all times that the business is in operation. This person must supervise the processing, preparation, storage, handling, display, distribution, transportation, sale, service, or offering for sale, of food at all times during operation

Food Safety Certificates must be renewed every 5 years in Niagara.

Middlesex-London

Mandatory Food Handler Training Bylaws are in effect in the City of London and in all municipalities in Middlesex County.

These by-laws state that there must be a certified Food Handler on the premises at all times to supervise the preparation, processing, packaging, service and storage of food.

Food Safety Certificates must be renewed every 5 years in this region.

Lambton

The requirement for food safety training in Lambton is covered in Bylaw 30-2010.

This bylaw states that that there must be a certified Food Handler on the premises at all times to supervise the preparation, processing, packaging, service and storage of food.

Food Safety Certificates must be renewed every 5 years in Lambton.

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