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Ministry Status: Recovery

The ministry is resuming regular operations and supporting health sector stabilization.

Environmental Health

Guidance for Exempted Public Spas

The following documents have been developed to support the implementation of recent changes to the Public Pools Regulation for newly and previously exempted public spas.

Short-Term Residential Swimming Pool Rentals by Private Homeowners

This document provides basic information for owners of residential pools who are using or considering using online platforms to enable the short-term rental of their pool to the public.

A Guide to Starting a Home-based Food Business

This is a step-by-step guide to starting a home-based food business, along with a brief overview of public health requirements that must be followed as a food operator.

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's Provincial Food Handler Training Manual [PDF]

The content of the Ministry of Health's Provincial Food Handler Training Manual has been reproduced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) 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 MOH. 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 (MOH) 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 MOH as meeting minimum requirements for food handler training and certification determined by the MOH. 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

Above Training /

Ontario Safe Food Handling Course

May 8, 2019

Available for select retail food stores
and food service operations

A Poetic Health
Food Handler Certification

November 9, 2017

35 Brian Peck Crescent, Unit 1509
East York ON M4G 0A5

Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences
Food Handling Certificate

October 29, 2013

200 Consumers Road, Suite 200
North York ON M2J 4R4

Accents Multilingual Workplace Training
Fundamentals of Safe Food Handling

April 5, 2019


Aims Health & Safety Training
Essential Food Safety Training

February 23, 2015

11 Hyslop Avenue
Hannon ON L0R 1P0

Audmax Inc.
The Art and Science of Safe Food

September 10, 2018

2426 Padstow Crescent
Mississauga ON L5J 2G4

BacOff Food Safety & Hygiene Training and Consulting
Food Handler Certification Course

May 12, 2017

Toronto ON

Benny & Co
Formation hygiène et salubrité alimentaire – Manipulateurs d’aliments

January 7, 2019

Available to employees of
Benny & Co.

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

July 17, 2015

5251 48 Ave, SE, Unit 70
Calgary AB T2B 3S2

Canadian Food Safety Training Inc.
Canadian Food Safety Training

December 24, 2014

2080 Danforth Avenue (The Workaround)
Toronto ON M4C 1J9

Canadian Institute of Food Safety
Food Handler Certification Course

May 12, 2017

Level 3, 500 King Street West
Toronto ON M5V 1L9

Food Consulting and Labeling Solutions
Food Safety Handler Certification Program

June 23, 2015

682 David Street
Welland ON L3B 2B9
Email: ricferrusi@gmail.com

FoodPrep Inc.
Food Handler Certification

April 3, 2017

4040 Steeles Avenue West,
Unit 44, Suite 11
Woodbridge ON L4L 4Y5

FoodSafe4U by Excellent Learning
Ontario Food Handlers Training and Certification

May 25, 2022

851 Industrial Rd
Suite 42
Ottawa ON K1G 4L3

Online Food Handler
Certification Course

December 11, 2013

Chatham ON

Food Vision Inc.
Food Handler Certification Course

January 20, 2022

4000 Steeles Avenue West,
Unit 216
Vaughan ON L4L 4V9

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

Valid certificates issued between May 16, 2014 to April 30, 2019

Course no longer available

Freeborn & Associates Inc., Food Safety Market
Managing Food Safety

July 3, 2018


Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
Food Handler Certification Course

April 29, 2021

465 East 16th Street
Hamilton ON L9A 4K6
905-561-2190 x4791

Note:This course is open to individuals who are eligible for
Employment Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills program.
Please visit our website for further details

Indigenous Services Canada
First Nations and Inuit Health
Food Safety Training

April 11, 2014

195 Henry Street
Unit 6C
Brantford ON N3S 5C9

Food Handler Certificate Course

February 11, 2020



KnowledgeWare Communications Corp.
Food Safety for Food Handlers

September 20, 2018

11763 Darby Street
Maple Ridge BC V2X 5G1

Matawa First Nations Management
Food Handler Training Certification

June 12, 2020

Matawa First Nations Management
233 Court St S,
Thunder Bay ON P7B 2X9

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Food Safety Training

June 10, 2015

300 Water Street, South Tower
Peterborough ON K9J 8M5

Noraxx Inspections Inc.
Noraxx Inspections Food Handler Certification Course

July 26, 2021

692 Catalina Crescent
Burlington ON L7L 5B8

Pharma-Medical Science College of Canada
Food Handler

September 20, 2018

505 Consumers Road, Suite 100
Toronto ON M2J 4V8

Probe It Food Safety
Food Handler Certification

October 6, 2015

Greater Toronto Area

Retail Council of Canada

September 5, 2014

1881 Yonge Street, Suite 800
Toronto ON M4S 3C4

Ontario Food Handler Training

December 5, 2016

National Restaurant Association
233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 3600
Chicago IL 60606
312-715-1010 or 800-765-2122

Food Handler Certificate Course

February 11, 2020


ADVANCED.fst - Manager Food Safety Training

December 18, 2013

1840 Clements Road, Suite 100,
Pickering ON L1W 3R8

BASIC.fst - Food Handler Safety Training

December 18, 2013

1840 Clements Road, Suite 100,
Pickering ON L1W 3R8

Train Food Safety
Food Handler Certification Course

November 14, 2017

252 Bloor Street West
Toronto ON M5S 1V6

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 (MOH) 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.

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 MOH, re-evaluation is required.

Once reviewed, MOH 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 MOH requirements for food handler certification in Ontario.

There is no fee for becoming a recognized provider.

Inquiries can be directed to:

Health Protection and Surveillance Policy and Programs Branch
Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Public Health
BOX 12
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1N3

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. 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 ("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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