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Food Handler Training Programs in Canada

The food safety training programs currently recognized by all provinces are the NFSTP, TrainCan, Inc., ServSafe and FOODSAFE. These programs have trainers located throughout Canada and on-going course schedules that can be accessed on the websites listed below.

For provincial/territorial/regional/municipal food safety certification programs, contact your Ministry of Health (or equivalent), or a regional/municipal public health agency. 

The following table includes certification programs that may differ in recognition from province to province.

Program Name

Operating in

Contact and Additional information

National Food Safety Training Program (NFSTP)

Various locations, Canada

Website: http://www.nfstp.ca

Toll free #: 1-888-829-3177


TrainCan, Inc.

Various locations, Canada

Website: http://www.traincan.com

Toll free #: 1-888-687-8796
Tel: 416-447-9588

Fax :416-646-0877
Email: info@traincan.com 

- BASIC.fst offered for front-line employees.

- ADVANCED.fst offered for management.

(*fst = food safety training)


Various locations, Canada

Website: http://servsafe.com

Toll free #: 1-800-765-2122


Various locations, Canada

Website: http://www.foodsafe.ca

E-mail: foodsafe@foodsafe.ca
For on-line courses email: foodsafe@openschool.bc.ca

In Good Hands



Website :  http://www.ingoodhands.ca/index.html

Course delivered on-line only.

Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP)


Website: http://www.oimp.ca/FHT.php

Tel: 519-763-4558



Website: http://foodprep.ca

Tel: 416-838-2032

Canadian Food Safety Training


Website: http://www.canadianfoodsafetytraining.com/index.php

Tel: 416-627-4169

City of Ottawa Certified Food Handler Training


City of Ottawa, Certified Food Handler Training

Tel: 613-580-2588

Niagara Region Food Handler Certification Course

Niagara Region

Niagara Region Food Handler Certification Course

Tel: 905-688-3762 ext. 7589

City of Hamilton Food Handler Training Course


Website: http://www.myhamilton.ca/

Tel: 905-546-2424 ext. 5428

Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture Food Handler Certification

Nova Scotia

Website: http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/paal/agric/paal365.asp


Central Region: 902-424-1173

Northeast Region: 902-563-2000

Southwest Region: 902-527-5380

Hastings & PEI Food Handler Certification

Belleville, Trenton, Picton, Bancroft.


Tel: 613-966-5513 ext. 254 or ext. 315

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit Food Handler Certificate

Brockville, Smiths Falls.


Toll-free #: 1-800-267-7918

Tel: 613-283-2740

London Training Centre Food Handling Certificate

London, ON.


Tel: 519-685-4331 ext. 25

- Offers both basic and advanced food handling certificates.

- Basic certificate is delivered in conjunction with the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

- Advanced certificate is based on the National Food Safety Training Program.

Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie – MAPAQ hygiene and food safety license


Website: http://www.ithq.qc.ca/hygienesalubrite/index_en.php

Toll-free #: 1-800-361-5111 ext. 5115

Tel: 514-282-5115

- Course offered online only.

- MAPAQ certification is required in Québec.


Information Sources:

Alberta Government. (2006). Alberta regulation 31/2006: Public health act – Food regulation.Retrieved from http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/documents/Regs/2006_031.cfm?frm_isbn=0779746295  Available at: http://www.qp.alberta.ca/574.cfm?page=2006_031.cfm&leg_type=Regs&isbncln=0779746295&display=html 2012-07-31

Canadian Food Inspection Agency. (2008). Restaurant and food service inspection in Canada. Retrieved from http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/restaure.shtml

Canadian Food Inspection System. (2001). Model regulations and codes. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cfis.agr.ca/english/regcode/codes_tbl_e.shtml  Archived information available at: http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/206/301/cfia-acia/2011-09-21/cfis.agr.ca/english/indexe.shtml  2012-07-31

Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. (2008). Regulation and inspection. Retrieved from http://www.crfa.ca/research/resources/healthandsafety/regulationandinspection.asp

Foodsafe (2008). Home page. Retrieved from http://www.foodsafe.ca/

Government of Nova Scotia. (2008). Food hygiene training courses currently recognized by theNova Scotia food hygiene training review board. Retrieved fromhttp://gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/hygiene_courses.shtml

Health Canada. (2006). National guidelines for food safety training programs in the food retail and food service sectors. Retrieved from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/pubs/hpfb-dgpsa/fd-da/nat_guide_train_01-eng.php Available at:  http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/pubs/hpfb-dgpsa/fd-da/nat_guide_train_tc-tm-eng.php 2012-07-31

Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie. (n.d.) Hygiene and food safety training session. Retrieved from http://www.ithq.qc.ca/hygienesalubrite/index_en.php

National Environmental Health Association. (2008). NEHA food safety training: protecting environmental health through education. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nehatraining.org/states/canada.htm

National Food Safety Training Program. (2008). Home page. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nfstp.ca/

Sasketchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. (2007). Food service worker: distance learning. Retrieved fromhttp://www.siast.sk.ca/virtualcampus/educationtraining/hospitality/foodservice.htm  Available at:  http://www.siast.sk.ca/programs_courses_descriptions/FSWAPCERTX.shtml   2012-07-31

 Date modified: 2012-07-31

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