About the Mandatory Food Handler Certification By-Law
By-law No. 163-11 Respecting Mandatory Food Handler Certification (PDF file) requires an owner or operator of a food establishment to ensure that at least one certified food handler is working during all hours of operation. Certified food handlers must show their Food Handler Certificate and photo identification at the request of Halton Region public health inspectors.
The by-law includes all high-risk and moderate-risk food premises, which includes:
- Full-service restaurants
- Fast-food restaurants
- Food take-outs
- Child care facilities
- Long-term care homes
- Some grocery stores
The by-law does not include low-risk food premises (e.g., convenience stores).
Becoming a certified food handler
To become a certified food handler, you must take the Food Safety Education and Certification Program.