Opening a Public Eating Establishment

All food facilities require health approval prior to constructions/renovation and operation.  In addition to health approval, Public Eating Establishments also require a license.  This license typically has a one year expiry date and is free of charge.  The only other food facility that is licensed is an abattoir (slaughterhouse).  This license is $25 per year.

Please be aware: All foods served must be from an approved source.  No home-cooked foods are allowed to be served from a food facility or at a temporary food event.  Contact your district health inspector for a list of licensed kitchens that can be used for cooking (examples are churches and community kitchens).

Application For Health Approval

Please review the Public Eating Establishment Standards or the Food Processing Facility Best Management Practices in conjunction with completing the application (links below in additional resources).   For slaughterhouses and meat processors, please review the Food Processing Facility Best Management Practices, and The Sanitation Regulations.

Plans will be approved or rejected within 15 days after the date of submittal.  Failure to provide complete plan information may extend the review time.  No changes from the approved plans are permitted without prior written approval from the Population Health Unit.


Resources for Operators:

For information on Food Safety click here:

Legislation & standards can be found here:

For recent information on food recalls & allergy alerts:

Food Safety Tips:

Hand Washing Video:

Food Safety Tips – Health Canada:

Guide to Food Safety (CFIA):

Temperature Monitoring Chart Examples

Sanitation Plan Documents & dishwashing/sanitizer resources

For Hunters:

Diseases you can get from wildlife (A Field Guide for Hunters, Trappers, Anglers, & Biologists) & Safe Field Dressing: