Yukon Territory Food Safety Laws and Requirements

Learn the food safety laws that restaurants and other food businesses and organizations in Yukon are required to follow.

Understanding food safety laws

Yukon Territory Food Safety Laws and Requirements

As a food business owner or manager, you need to be sure you comply with: 

  • Federal government food safety laws 
  • Yukon territorial food safety laws 
  • Local municipal legislation 

If you fail to comply with Yukon food safety laws, you risk being fined, prosecuted or even having your business closed.


Federal and territorial laws

Federal laws 

Health Canada is responsible for establishing policies and setting food safety standards for food businesses.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is responsible for enforcing these policies and standards.

The following are federal acts and regulations related to food safety in Canada: 

  • Food and Drug Act 
  • Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act
  • Canada Agricultural Products Act 
  • Safe Food for Canadians Act

Territorial laws 

Territorial food safety laws are set by:

  • Yukon Public Health Act 
  • Yukon Food Retail and Food Services Code 
  • Donation of Food Act 

These laws require that food sold in the Yukon is safe and suitable for human consumption and meets all standards. 

Permits and licences

To legally operate a food business in Yukon, owners must obtain a relevant permit.

Permits are issued by Yukon Environmental Services and determine the type of food that may be served and how it’s prepared.


Food Handler Certification

Yukon food safety legislation 

Yukon’s Food Retail and Food Services Code (section 6) state that a food businesses operator should obtain government-approved Food Handler Certification and employs staff that have obtained Food Handler Certification. 

At a minimum, Yukon food businesses should comply with the following legislation:  

  • All employees must be trained in food hygiene and be able to handle food in a safe and sanitary manner.
  • For some managers/operators, training in a recognised food safety course may be mandatory.
  • Operators should promote food safety education through ongoing training, which may include additional instruction, on-the-job training, food safety certification from a recognized program provider, and employee meetings.

Certification 

The CIFS Food Handler Certification course is suitable for training Food Handlers in the Yukon.

Having your workforce complete a Food Handler Certification course helps ensure your business is never the cause of food poisoning.

Learn more about Food Handler Certification

Renewals  

Food Handler Certification should be renewed every five years. 


Food safety inspections

Federal and provincial governments monitor food safety across Yukon. Be prepared for Inspectors to visit your business before its opening and then every four to six months after.

Yukon Territory Food Safety Laws and Requirements

Inspectors have the authority to:

  • enter your business at any time without notice
  • examine any area and equipment in your business
  • take samples of food or food contaminants
  • issue warning notices and fines
  • close your business immediately

What happens if I don’t comply?

If a food business fails to meet Yukon’s food safety requirements, the consequences are severe. 

Cancelled permit

For serious offences, your Permit to Operate a Food Business may be suspended or revoked, closing your business immediately. 

Significant fines

Each offence committed may result in fines totalling tens of thousands of dollars. 

Prosecution

For serious breaches, employees, proprietors, managers and directors may be prosecuted. 

Public record

In the Yukon, inspection results are available to the public. 

Inventory confiscation

When public health is at risk, your business may have food seized and destroyed.

Brand and reputation damage

Your business may struggle to recover its reputation if the media reports a food safety incident.