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Food Service Operators

Guidelines for Opening a Food Premises

All new food premises owners/operators are required by law to notify the health unit of their intent to operate a food premises. Requirements can be obtained in the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) Opening a Food Premises document and further details in the Ontario Food Premises Regulation 493, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's Food Safety Program must be contacted BEFORE a food premises is constructed or renovated.

When notifying the health unit, you need to:

  • Complete the notification form and provide it to the nearest SMDHU office location.
  • Confirm each of the municipal building, by-law, fire, licensing, planning, and/or departments have received notification and approval.

Contact information

To speak with a public health inspector about our Food Safety Program, opening a food premises, to book an opening inspection, or food handler training, call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) or visit our website for more information.

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