Food Safety for Job Seekers

Working with food is a rewarding career choice but don't forget that food safety is crucial to your career.

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Food Safety for Job Seekers

Whether you’re looking for a job at your local restaurant or at a food manufacturing plant, the Hiring Manager is required by law to employ staff with Food Handler Certification.

Certification proves to employers you have the knowledge and skills to work with food correctly, giving you a clear advantage over other candidates. 

Food safety is required

Food Handler Certification is not limited to hospitality jobs, it applies to food workers in all kinds of businesses that handle food, such as: 

  • cafes, tea shops and restaurants 
  • hotels and motels
  • bars, pubs and clubs
  • event and conferences centres
  • casinos and gaming venues
  • market stalls
  • convenience stores
  • supermarkets
  • service stations
  • butchers, delis and bakeries
  • food-based charity organizations
  • catering businesses
  • hospitals and hospices
  • childcare or aged care facilities
  • school cafeterias 
  • food processing facilities
  • canneries and breweries
  • food delivery and storage services

Food safety laws and requirements

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

Certification requirements  

Food Handler certification requirements are set and enforced at a provincial and municipal level. You’ll need to have a clear understanding of specific food safety laws in your province to ensure you're certified correctly.

Food Handler Certification

Food Safety for Job Seekers

Help your future employer meet their legal requirements. Most businesses require their employees to have Food Handler Certification. 

In most provinces, Food Handler Certificates expire after five years. Make sure your certificate is up-to-date. 

Learn more about Food Handler Certification