Opening a Food Premises
Owners and operators must complete certain steps prior to opening their food premises. The NWHU has created several documents to help explain the legal requirements and ensure food premises are properly following health and safety measures.
Anyone planning to open or move a food premises must complete the Notice of Intent to Operate or Relocate a Food Premises form and submit it to the Northwestern Health Unit. The NWHU can provide a new food premises with a package of information to assist them in meeting the Regulations and notification requirements, or you can download the documents below. Contact the Northwestern Health Unit and speak to a public health inspector if you have questions regarding the application process.
Additional permits and licenses may be required from other provincial and municipal departments and agencies.
Safe Food Handler Course
Every food premises operator must ensure that there is at least one certified food handler or supervisor on the premise during all hours of operation. The NWHU offers three options for completing the necessary training: in-person, online, and independent book study.
Re-certification is required every 5 years.
To sign up for a course, or for more information, click here.
Requests for food safety certificate reprints are available for $10 and can be made by calling or visiting the NWHU, or by filling out a form online here: Request for Food Safety Certificate Search and Reprint Form.
Public Health Inspections: Disclosure
The Northwestern Health Unit is implementing an evidence-based, on-site disclosure system for operators of food premises, personal service settings, recreational camps, and recreational water facilities. Previously, the results of health inspections were posted online and available through a Freedom of Information request. Now, in addition to online disclosure, establishments must publicly display signs that indicate how well they adhere to the laws that protect consumers from infections and food-borne illnesses.
For a detailed explanation of the program, download this package: Food Premises On-Site Disclosure Operator’s Package.
To view the past 2 years of public health inspections results, visit the ChooseWise website.
Home-Based Businesses: Food Safety Plan
A food safety plan must be completed for any individual that notifies the Health Unit that they would like to prepare food within their home, and any home-based food business that the Health Unit becomes aware of. The food safety plan is to be completed in the context of determining risk and reducing any potential health hazards.
Regulations and Set Fines
Public health inspectors will pursue enforcement actions with powers delegated to them under the Health Protection and Promotion Act: O. Reg. 493 Food Premises.
To view a list of set fines, refer to Schedule 41 of the Provincial Offences Act.