Beach Water Test Results

Before heading to the beach, ensure it’s safe for swimming.

Each summer from June to August, the Health Unit does regular testing of beaches in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes to ensure they are safe for swimming. Test results are then shared on this website and via the Health Unit’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Health Unit uses a three-colour system to show test results for local beaches:

  • Green – Open (safe for swimming)
  • Yellow – Advisory Posting (Based on latest test results, there are high counts of bacteria in the water. Swimming is not recommended, as it may increase your risk of developing minor skin, eye, ear, nose or throat infections or stomach illness. If you choose to swim during this advisory, avoid dunking your head or swallowing the water).
  • Red – Closed (do not swim; not open for public use)

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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 hkprcheckinspection.ca .

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:

  • Lakeland Clinic, Lindsay, Ontario
  • Brighton Denture Clinic, Brighton, Ontario

Institutions:

  • There are no complaints at this time.

Personal Services:

  • There are no complaints at this time.

Disclaimer:

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.

Tobacco Retailer Reporting

HKPR District Health Unit is required to publicly disclose and report each tobacco sale related conviction of a tobacco retailer and vapour product sales related conviction of a vapour product retailer or vendor in the Health Unit’s area within two weeks of the conviction.

Disclaimer:

Prospective buyers of tobacco retail dealer premises are strongly encouraged to contact the local public health unit to confirm premises conviction history. A premises with two or more tobacco sales convictions against any owner (past or present) at that address within a five year period is subject to a Notice of Prohibition Against the Sale, Storage and Delivery of Tobacco Products (known as an automatic prohibition or “AP”).

Section 22 of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA) states that upon becoming aware that there are two or more convictions against any owner for tobacco sales offences committed at the same place within a five year period, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) shall notify the owner(s) or occupant of the place that the sale, storage and delivery of tobacco products is prohibited at the place.

The MOHLTC accepts requests from public health units for automatic prohibitions where owner(s) of the business was/were convicted of tobacco sales offences on two occasions. The SFOA convictions report published on public health units’ websites lists all owner related tobacco sales convictions that are eligible for an automatic prohibition. Please note that automatic prohibitions do not apply to vapour products sales convictions.

2020 Convictions:

Name and address of premise:

  • Circle K, 396 William Street, Cobourg ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1) – Vapour Products, SFOA, 2017
    • Conviction: February 10, 2020
2019 Convictions:

Name and address of premise:

  • Circle K, 87 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1), SFOA, 2017
    • Conviction: November 18, 2019
  • C-Shop (Loblaws Inc.), 400 Kent St. W., Lindsay ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1), SFOA, 2017
    • Conviction: November 18, 2019
  • Ultramar Gas Station, 94 Bridge Street South, Hastings, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1) SFOA, 2017
    • Conviction: September 17, 2019
  • Mobil Gas Station, 157 Elizabeth Street, Brighton, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1), SFOA, 2017
    • Conviction: June 11, 2019
  • Open Grocery, 106 Queen Street, Lindsay, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1), SFOA, 2017
    • Conviction: March 29, 2019
  • Esso Gas Station, 168 East Street South, Bobcaygeon, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 2(1), ECA, 2015
    • Conviction: January 17, 2019
2018 Convictions:

Name and address of premise:

  • Bobcaygeon Convenience and Gas, 232 Main Street, Bobcaygeon, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 2(1), ECA, 2015
    • Conviction: November 5, 2018
  • XTR Shamrock Service Centre, 42 Highland Street, Haliburton, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1) SFOA, 2017
    • Conviction: October 31, 2018
  • Daisy Mart (owner charge), 67 Main Street, Bobcaygeon, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1) – SFOA
    • Conviction: September 24, 2018
  • Lakeview Cottages and General Store (owner charge), Cameron, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1) – SFOA
    • Conviction: September 7, 2018.
  • Norland General Store (owner/corporation charge), Norland, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 2(1) – ECA
    • Conviction: September 7, 2018.
  • Riverview Pavilion & Marina (owner charge), Omemee, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1) – SFOA
    • Conviction: First appearance held April 6, 2018.
    • Guilty, $535.
  • Ultramar Gas Station (owner charge), Hastings, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 2(1) – ECA
    • Conviction: First appearance held June 14, 2018.
    • Pleaded guilty, $200.
  • Oakwood Sports Den & Variety (owner charge), Oakwood, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1) – SFOA
    • Conviction: First appearance held June 21, 2018.
    • Guilty, $0.
  • Downeyville Country Store (owner charge), Lindsay, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1) – SFOA
    • Conviction: First appearance held July 5, 2018.
    • Guilty, $490.
  • Jug City (owner charge), Minden, ON
    • Type of offence: Section 3(1) – SFOA
    • Conviction: First appearance held July 6, 2018.
    • Guilty, $240.

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

Tobacco Enforcement

The Health Unit’s Tobacco Control Officers (TCOs) are designated as Provincial Offences Officers by the Province of Ontario with authority to enforce the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

In the community, the Health Unit’s TCOs are responsible for ensuring all public and workplaces are compliant with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act banning smoking in all enclosed public and workplaces (including work vehicles). They also ensure tobacco vendors follow the laws governing the sale of tobacco products.

Among their duties Tobacco Control Officers:

  • Inspect local businesses, public places, schools and workplaces to ensure proper No Smoking signage is posted as required.
  • Inspect tobacco vendors to ensure they are complying with the law putting tobacco and promotional materials out of site.
  • Inspect tobacco vendors using youth test shoppers to ensure stores will not sell tobacco to anyone under 19 years of age.
  • Lay charges where necessary and follow through court process.
  • Respond to complaints and requests from public for assistance to ensure compliance with SFOA laws.

To lodge a tobacco-related complaint or request assistance call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and speak to a Tobacco Control Officer.

Additional Resources

Convictions

Food Handler Training

Updated: April 1, 2020

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.

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