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Planning to Open a Food Premises?

In accordance with the Ontario Regulation 493/17 Food Premises – Section 5, all food premises are required to notify the Medical Officer of Health at Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) of their operation.

Any person who wishes to open a food premises operation is required to complete and submit a Notice of Intent to Operate a Food Premises form and include a detailed floor plan.

The completed form and floor plan can be submitted to the PHU:

  • In person at any of our office locations
  • By email: inspections@porcupinehu.on.ca
  • By fax: (705)264-3980
  • By mail: Porcupine Health Unit, 169 Pine Street South, Postal Bag 2012, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 8B7

Home-based food businesses are permitted under the revised Health Protection and Promotion Act, provided the premise is inspected by Public Health and complies with the Food Premise Regulation.

Any person who wishes to open a home-based food business is also required to complete and submit a Detailed Premise Information form.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Under the Ontario Regulation 493/17 Food Premises:

  • Food premises are subject to inspections, which are made available to the public on the HealthWise Inspection Results
  • Food service premises are also required to have a trained food handler on site at all times. For information on training, see our Food Handler Training
  • It is also recommended to review any zoning by-laws, municipal permits and licensing requirements that pertain to your region.

Contact Us

To speak with a Public Health Inspector on the Environmental Health Team about a new or existing food premises, please call (705)267-1181 / 1(800)461-1818.