In an effort to control and minimize the spread of COVID-19, the city of Toronto Food Handler Certification Program is closed. Courses and/or exams are on hold indefinitely and our staff have been re-deployed to the COVID-19 response.

The certificate issued by Toronto Public Health is recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and other Health Units in Ontario. A Food Handler Certificate is valid for five years.

Replacement Certificate

As a result of our staff having been re-deployed and our office closed indefinitely, we are unable to provide Replacement Certificates. However, we understand that a Food Handler Certificate is often required for employment. If you have lost your City of Toronto Food Handler Certificate, we are able to provide a temporary letter stating a Food Handler Certificate was obtained. For further information contact fhcp@toronto.ca

Classroom Session and Exam

Courses are on hold indefinitely.

Exam Only (Home study)

Exams are on hold indefinitely.

Approved Courses

Toronto Public Health accepts certificates issued by any Ontario Health Unit.

In addition, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care approves privately run programs/companies to train and certify Food Handlers. For more information about recognized providers or how to become a recognized provider, visit the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care – Environmental Health website. Toronto Public Health will also accept certificates issued by any Ontario Health Unit.