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Health Inspection Process

Public Health inspectors conduct regular inspections on businesses in Niagara to assess if they comply with all health regulations.

2021 Inspections
Program area Total inspections
Child care 320
Congregate living 874
General food 5472
Health hazards 10
Infection prevention and control 316
Migrant farm 686
Non-regulated 150
Personal service settings 676
Recreational water 542
Safe water 54
Total inspections 9100

Depending on the services provided, these regulations may include:

  • Handwashing and hygiene procedures for employees
  • Disinfection and sterilization of equipment
  • Cleaning and maintaining of counters and surfaces
  • Disposal of single-use needles and razors
  • Proper storage, handling, and preparation of food

Critical infractions are corrected immediately, and follow-up inspections are done as required. No facility is given advanced warning of an upcoming inspection.

The inspection reports are posted to our website shortly after the inspection and will include any infractions found at the establishment.

Closures and Convictions

When necessary, inspectors will issue fines or close the establishment, which are posted on the closures and convictions page for six months.

A closure order is issued to the operator of an establishment when an immediate health hazard exists. Failure to comply with an order is an offence, which upon conviction, could result in a significant fine.

Examples of immediate health hazards include:

  • Gross lack of sanitation / sterilization
  • Repeated non-compliance
  • Rodent or insect infestation
  • Evidence of food contamination
  • Sewage back-up into food preparation or storage areas
  • Insufficient potable water to operate in a sanitary manner
  • Reusing of needles
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