Regulation and Licensing Requirements

The City of Toronto's food premises inspection and disclosure system, DineSafe, requires all food establishments to:

  1. Meet or exceed all of the requirements and standards in the Ontario Food Premises Regulation 562, as amended, made under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
  2. Comply with the new requirements under Toronto's Municipal Code 545-Licensing.

Ontario Food Premises Regulation

All food premises operators in the Province of Ontario must, by law, follow specific requirements in order to operate a food premises. The Ontario Food Premises Regulation (562/90 as amended), indicates the minimum standards for food temperatures, food handling, sanitation, dishwashing and personal hygiene practices.

The Food Premises Regulation must be followed in any establishment where food or milk is manufactured, processed, stored, handled, displayed, distributed, transported, sold or offered for sale, excluding private residences.

Toronto's Municipal Code 545-Licensing

As of January 2001, Toronto's Municipal Code 545-Licensing requires eating and drinking establishments (i.e. every place where food items intended for human consumption are made for sale, offered for sale, stored or sold), to do the following:

  • Post the food safety inspection notice in an obvious place clearly visible to members of the public, at or near the entrance of the establishment;
  • Post the Toronto eating or drinking establishment licence next to the food safety inspection notice;
  • Produce copies of the Toronto Public Health Food Safety Inspection Reports relating to the currently posted disclosure notice for your establishment, when requested by any person;
  • Notify the Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards Division if there is a change in the management or control of the establishment; and
  • Notify the Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards Division of any change or changes to the operation of the business that may result in "risk classification changes", at least 30 days prior to the change.


Based on the infractions noted during a food safety inspection one of more of the following actions may be taken:

Corrected During Inspection (CDI)
A limited number of significant infractions can be corrected during the inspection.

Order (O)
A verbal or written direction to remove a condition that constitutes a health hazard as defined by the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Notice to Comply (NC)
A written report to an owner/operator noting infractions and requiring compliance with the legislation.

Summons (S)
A notice to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice regarding violations of the Provincial and Municipal legislation.

Summons and Health Hazard Order (SHHO)
Issued when existing condition(s) create an immediate health hazard that cannot be corrected during the inspection. A CLOSED notice must be posted.

Ticket (T)
An Offense Notice having a pre-determined fine associated with the infraction under the Ontario Food Premises Regulation.

Last updated August 2012