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Planning a Community Event?

Food served or sold at community festivals, fundraising events and farmers' markets are an important part of local life in communities across Ontario. Before planning special events (Special Event, Special Event Operating Guidelines) like fundraisers, or farmers' markets (organizer or vendor, Operating Guidelines for a Farmers' Markets, Self-Inspection Checklist for Food Vendors at Farmers' Markets), take the time to do some careful food safety planning. Food safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Notification and applications forms must be made at least 15 days prior to the event. Applications can be emailed to or dropped off at your local health unit office.

Your public health inspector will review your application and explain the health regulations that are in place to help prevent food-borne illnesses caused by improper food handling, storage and preparation. We look forward to working with you toward a safe and successful event.

If you have any questions or concerns about Special Events or Farmers' Markets, contact a Public Health Inspector at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.