Disclaimer for Health Inspections

Food and personal services

Public Health Inspects is designed to provide the public with information about inspections of all businesses that serve food, provide personal services - such as nail salons, hair salons, barber shops, tanning parlours and massage parlours - or operate pools and spas in Niagara.

Every effort is made to ensure that the information is correct. However, you should be aware of the following:

  • We are responsible for the infection control practices within establishments. We do not look at safety issues within the establishment.
    Our inspectors are trained in infection control practices; that is, the prevention of the spread of illness. We are not trained in the specific safety components of the various practices that can occur in any establishment, for example, staff operation of the equipment and / or training and quality of service.
  • We cannot guarantee the conditions of an establishment at all times
    The inspection reports only describe what the inspector observed on the date of inspection.

  • We cannot guarantee that all information is accurate at all times
    Inspection reports are updated regularly, but there may be delays or accidental data-entry errors.

  • Do not interpret the status of a facility based on one inspection
    You are encouraged to view all inspection reports of an establishment before arriving at any conclusions.

  • We do not endorse any establishment
    The inspection results are posted for information only and do not imply any support or endorsement of a business or facility

If you discover a discrepancy, have any questions or if there is a business not listed, contact us at 905-688-8248 ext. 7590, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tobacco convictions

Prospective buyers of tobacco retail dealer premises are strongly encouraged to contact the local public health unit to confirm premises conviction history.

A premises with two or more convictions against the owner at that address is subject to a Notice of Prohibition Against the Sale, Storage and Delivery of Tobacco Products (known as an automatic prohibition or "AP"). Section 16 of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act states that upon becoming aware that there are two or more convictions against any person for tobacco sales offences committed at the same place within a five year period, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care shall notify the owner(s) or occupant of the place that the sale, storage and delivery of tobacco products is prohibited at the place.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care accepts requests from public health units for automatic prohibitions where owner(s) of the business was / were convicted on two occasions rather than employees.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act convictions report published on public health units' websites lists all owner related tobacco sales convictions that are eligible for an automatic prohibition.

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