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Environmental Health

Ontario's Foodborne Illness Outbreak Response Protocol (ON-FIORP)

The investigation of and response to multi-jurisdictional foodborne hazards or illness outbreaks in Ontario involves multiple levels of government with complementary responsibilities. To enhance the collaboration and overall effectiveness of government response during multi-jurisdictional foodborne hazards or illness outbreak investigations, government Parties collectively developed the Ontario Foodborne Illness Outbreak Response Protocol (ON-FIORP).

Food Handler Training and Certification

In Ontario, every board of health ensures the availability of food handler training programs within the health unit. Programs offered by the public health units, or on their behalf under a formal agreement, qualify for provincial certification. All successful candidates of these programs receive a Provincial Food Handler Certification Card.

Contact your local health unit

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Provincial Food Handler Training Manual [PDF]

The content of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Provincial Food Handler Training Manual has been reproduced by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) with the permission of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and is only available for use by public health units in Ontario. The reproduction of this document in whole or in part, is not permitted without the express written consent of the MOHLTC. Applications for provincial recognition found to have reproduced this document, in whole or in part, will not be assessed and will be requested to immediately cease copying, reproducing or distributing the document and refrain from doing so in the future.

In addition to food handler training programs offered by the public health units, we recognize that other commercial/private entities, educational institutions, non-profit associations, etc., also offer food handler training and certification. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) values and encourages these organizations to continue to promote food handler training, improving access to high quality food handler training in Ontario.

The programs listed below have applied and successfully been recognized by the MOHLTC as meeting minimum requirements for food handler training and certification determined by the MOHLTC. These food handler training programs are deemed to be equivalent to the training and certification offered by local public health units. All public health units in Ontario will accept certifications issued by these providers after the date that they are listed as equivalent. Public health units are not obligated to accept certifications issued by these providers before the date that they were deemed equivalent.

Training provider

Date of equivalency

Contact information

Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences
Food Handling Certificate

October 29, 2013

200 Consumers Road, Suite 200
North York ON M2J 4R4
416-502-2277
www.aaps.ca

Aims Health & Safety Training
Essential Food Safety Training

February 23, 2015

11 Hyslop Avenue
Hannon ON L0R 1P0
905-906-0699

Canadian Food Safety Consulting Group Ltd.
SafeCheck™ Advanced Food Safety

July 17, 2015

5251 48 Ave, SE, Unit 70
Calgary AB T2B 3S2
1-866-258-0643
www.canadianfoodsafety.com

Canadian Food Safety Training Inc.
Canadian Food Safety Training

December 24, 2014

2558 Danforth Avenue, Suite 201
Toronto ON M4C 1L3
416-627-4169
www.canadianfoodsafetytraining.com

Food Consulting and Labeling Solutions
Food Safety Handler Certification Program

June 23, 2015

682 David Street
Welland ON L3B 2B9
289-697-2146
Email: info@foodsafetyprogram.ca

FoodSafetyTraining.ca
Online Food Handler Certification Course

December 11, 2013

48 Collegiate Drive
Chatham ON N7L 4R1
info@foodsafetytraining.ca
www.foodsafetytraining.ca

Freeborn & Associates
(on behalf of Restaurants Canada)
National Food Safety Training Program

May 16, 2014

PO Box 96
Thornbury ON N0H 2P0
1-888-829-3177
learn.nfstp.ca/

Health Canada, First Nations Inuit Health Branch
Food Safety Training

April 11, 2014

211-58 Dalhousie Street, P.O. Box 42
Brantford ON N3T 5M3

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Food Safety Training

June 10, 2015

300 Water Street, South Tower
Peterborough ON K9J 8M5
1-800-667-1940

Probe It Food Safety
Food Handler Certification

October 6, 2015

Greater Toronto Area
416-662-3003
www.probeit.ca

Retail Council of Canada
FoodWise

September 5, 2014

1881 Yonge Street, Suite 800
Toronto ON M4S 3C4
1-888-373-8245
retailcouncil.org

TrainCan
ADVANCED.fst - Manager Food Safety Training

December 18, 2013

85 Scarsdale Road, Unit 101
Toronto ON M3B 2R2
1-888-687-8796
www.traincan.com

TrainCan
BASICS.fst - Food Handler Safety Training

December 18, 2013

85 Scarsdale Road, Unit 101
Toronto ON M3B 2R2
1-888-687-8796
www.traincan.com

How to become a recognized provider

Non-public health unit providers (commercial/private entities, educational institutions, non-profit associations, etc.) of food handler training in Ontario are encouraged to apply to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) to be evaluated for equivalency. Programs that are deemed to meet the requirements, and therefore be equivalent, will be recognized providers, and certificates issued will be accepted by all boards of health within Ontario.

To apply for food handler training and certification program recognition, providers must submit a completed Food Handler Program Equivalency Applicationform, along with relevant course material and requested documentation. To obtain the application materials and form, please contact us at environmental.health@ontario.ca.

Submission does not grant automatic recognition; applications will be assessed based on standard program requirements. Additional requirements, modifications or changes to the program may be necessary to obtain recognition. If substantial modifications are made to the course once it has been recognized by the MOHLTC, re-evaluation is required.

Once reviewed, MOHTLC staff will communicate the results of the application to the applicant. Successful providers will be added to the above list of providers recognized as meeting the MOHLTC requirements for food handler certification in Ontario.

There is no fee for becoming a recognized provider.

Inquiries can be directed to:

Public Health Policy and Programs Branch
Public Health Division
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
393 University Avenue, 21st floor
Toronto ON M7A 2S1
T: 416-327-7990
F: 416-327-0984
environmental.health@ontario.ca

Please note: Obtaining certification from a provider listed as equivalent signifies only that the cardholder has completed a course that meets the minimum requirements of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The cardholder is not affiliated in any respect nor is an officer, employee or agent of  Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as represented by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care ("HMQ"). The cardholder and HMQ are and shall at all times remain independent of each other and are not the agent, joint venturer, partner or employee of the other. HMQ shall not be responsible or liable for, or bound in any manner whatsoever, by any agreements, warranties or representations made by the cardholder to any other person or entity, nor with respect to any other action of the cardholder.

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