Food Handler Training

The Health Unit offers food handler training courses. This course teaches participants how to handle and prepare food safely. Upon successful completion, participants receive a certificate (valid for a period of five years) indicating they are registered as a certified food handler.

Due to COVID-19, the Health Unit is unable to offer in-person classroom training until further notice. If you want to take a Food Handler course in the meantime, please use the online In Good Hands learning option.

NOTE: Food handlers whose certification expired after Jan. 1, 2020, will still be considered certified until COVID-19 is resolved. However, to qualify, you must have completed the course in the past five years and not been cited by the Health Unit for critical infractions.

Types of food handler courses offered include:

CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLEClassroom: Cost is $40 per person (test included). Pre-registration is required! Courses are one day in length and run from 9 am to 5 pm. Contact the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006 to pre-register or for more information.

CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLEHome Study/Take Home: Cost is $20 per person (test included).

AVAILABLEOnline Course: “In Good Hands” course Registration fee online ($34.95 plus HST) and paid directly to the course provider. Register and pay online.

For more information on courses or to confirm space availability for courses, call the Health Unit office at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006.

Infection Control Lapse Reporting

IPAC Lapses

This page contains reports where an infection control lapse was found for institutions (e.g. schools, child care centres), personal service settings (e.g. nail salons, tattoo/piercing studios) and regulated health professionals settings (e.g. physicians, dentists, physiotherapists).

For detailed food safety and personal service settings inspection reports and tickets, orders and closures, visit .

Infection control complaints and lapses

When a complaint is received, Public Health conducts a non-routine infection prevention and control (IPAC) investigation of the business to ensure there is no risk to the public. An IPAC lapse is a departure from infection prevention and control standards. The result could be infectious disease transmission to patients or staff through exposure to blood or body fluids. An example would be medical equipment that is improperly cleaned and can spread infections from one person to another.

If necessary, the Health Unit works with the business to take corrective action. If the outcome of an investigation indicates a risk to patients, Public Health has processes in place to notify patients of the risks and what they need to do.

This page contains reports on businesses where an IPAC lapse was identified. It does not include reports of businesses that were investigated by Public Health following a complaint where no infection prevention and control lapse was identified.

Please note: Once an IPAC lapse is identified it is posted and remains posted for two years after a final inspection that concludes the service is in full compliance with IPAC standards. If patients of a service had to be notified of the possibility of a blood-borne infection, the lapse will remain posted for two years.

Infection Control Complaints

Regulated Health Professionals:

  • There are no complaints at this time.


  • There are no complaints at this time.

Personal Services:

  • There are no complaints at this time.


In November, 2015 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) released a new guidance document for disclosing infection prevention and control lapses. Infection prevention and control lapse investigations done after November, 2015 will be detailed on new reporting forms that follow the requirements of this document. MOHLTC requests that the following disclaimer is posted on all public health websites:

This web page contains reports on premises where an infection prevention and control lapse was identified through the assessment of a complaint or referral, or through communicable disease surveillance. It does not include reports of premises which were investigated following a complaint or referral where no infection prevention and control lapse was ultimately identified.

These reports are not exhaustive, and do not guarantee that those premises listed and not listed are free of infection prevention and control lapses. Identification of lapses is based on assessment and investigation of a premises at a point-in-time, and these assessments and investigations are triggered when potential infection prevention and control lapses are brought to the attention of the local medical officer of health.

Reports are posted on the website of the board of health in which the premises is located. Reports are posted on a premises-by-premises basis, i.e., will correspond with one site only. Should you wish to view a full investigation report for any posted lapse, please contact 1-866-888-4577, extension 5006.

Public Inspections

HKPR District Health Unit inspects businesses and facilities in Northumberland and Haliburton counties, and the City of Kawartha Lakes, including public beaches, pools, public markets, spas, street food vending carts, tattoo and body piercing facilities, as well as restaurants and businesses that sell food. The purpose of inspections are to protect you from disease and injuries related to the environments where you live, work, and play.

If you have any questions, or do not see a facility listed, please contact us at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5006

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