Food premises are places where food intended for the public is sold, offered for sale, supplied, handled, prepared, packaged, displayed, served, processed, stored, transported or dispensed. This includes restaurants, tasting rooms, mobiles, food stores, food manufacturing/processing, temporary food premises and similar facilities. These facilities require an approval under provincial legislation.
Our Environmental Health Officers conduct thousands of annual inspections at food premises such as restaurants, food facilities and stores. In addition to inspections, we work with facility operators to guide approval and compliance processes.
Note: Online food sales may be permitted when the food is prepared at an approved facility. Preparation of foods for the public must be done in an approved kitchen. Home-based kitchens are generally not allowed. Some exceptions apply, contact your local Environmental Health Officer for further details.
Anyone handling food must do so in a manner that prevents a health hazard from occurring. Following proper food handling procedures will help reduce the risks.