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post #1 of 86
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Hi Everyone,

Here is a copy of the Health Protection and Promotion Act web page for food premises in Ontario. A Health Inspector from my Region provided me with this website. She said that these laws apply to all of Ontario. It took a while for me to get an answer about opening a home bakery (which I would love to do) so I thought I would post this and save some of my fellow Ontario bakers some time researching this topic.

The Health Inspector also said (as others have mentioned on CC) that my home would have to be zoned and pass health and fire inspections.



2. (1) This Regulation applies to all food premises except,

(a) boarding houses that provide meals for fewer than ten boarders;

(b) a food premise to which Regulation 554 or 568 of the Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990 applies;

(c) food premises owned, operated or leased by religious organizations, service clubs and fraternal organizations where the religious organization, service club or fraternal organization,

(i) prepares and serves meals for special events, and

(ii) conducts bake sales; and

(d) farmers market food vendors. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 562, s. 2 (1); O. Reg. 308/06, s. 2 (1).

(2) [b]No person shall operate or maintain a food premise to which this Regulation applies except in accordance with this Regulation. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 562, s. 2 (2); O. Reg. 586/99, s. 1.
post #2 of 86
Thanks for the info!
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post #3 of 86
Hmmm the link didn't work.
post #4 of 86
Your link says service unavailable can you make sure that the link is correct. Their site might be down but just checking .. thanks
post #5 of 86
thank you!!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #6 of 86
Thread Starter 
Hi Everyone, Not sure why the website is down right now (sorry) as I viewed it last night. Anyway you could try typing "Health and Protection Act + Ontario" as a web search. That may work or try the link later today as it should be working.
post #7 of 86
It is funny that when I researched this in my city they told me I did not need a license to operate in my house. Everything that I had been told each city had its own regulations. I will be very interested to read what this has to say. I don't sell cakes from home as of yet but may so in the future.
post #8 of 86
Thanks for taking the time to post this. I wasn't able to see the page, but I'll check back later. I've recently been baking out of the kitchen at my church, but I'd love to be able to do it from home. What's the jist? Can we or can't we?

post #9 of 86
I've been searching for this information for quite a while now. I hope the link eventually works. Thanks for sharing!
post #10 of 86
i tried getting some info from cakescanada, thinking that they'd be able to be more specific, but really didn't get as much info as our US friends are willing to share with each other.. i wonder why? icon_sad.gif

i too want to eventually sell from home, but where to start, i dont even know. let's keep each other updated when we find info? icon_biggrin.gif

there's this:

but that's for restaurant and catering.. haven't had time to read through the entire thing (im at work lol) but i can't help but feel that may not have anything to do with working out of your home.. lol

but maybe through reading it it will lead to home business? i dunno.. i can't really go through it right now lol
post #11 of 86
I'm in Peel region and was told we are not allowed to bake and sell from home..however the woman I spoke to seemed a 'lil confused...I"M CONFUSED everyone I talk to has no clue. My BFF baked and sold from home for years and so did her mother and now the BFF has her own bakery, when I asked her about it she really had no idea?!
So can we or can we not?
I can't get this link to work icon_confused.gif
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post #12 of 86
I make caramel apples and candy apples to sell at events (like Canada Day in our small town), and I have to apply for a "special occasions food permit" from my local health unit everytime. I enquired once about legalizing my kitchen so that I wouldn't have to apply everytime, and the health inspector didn't seem to have any information/didn't seem very concerned.
post #13 of 86
When i had inquired about it with my township they said..yup no problem as long as you don't break the zoning bylaws..large signs, noise etc...Then i called my health unit and spoke with inspectors two different times, and got two different answers. The first said, no way is it allowed to run a food business out of the home. You must have a licensed kitchen, and this is not permitted in homes. The next guy said, sure go ahead. We NEVER go into people's homes for this sort of thing and bakery stuff is low risk. He said you can make a profitable business out of it. Yet as soon as you sell it retail (should've got verification on that) then it would be their business. I figured that meant selling to shops, farmers markets etc.. He also said he has NEVER gotten a complaint on a home bakery business.
So very confusing, different responses.
post #14 of 86
When I inquired they said that no home business needs a license as long as you don't need a professional license to do your business ie: plumber, electrician. I can't get straight answers either.
post #15 of 86
I spoke to York Region Health people and he said long as there was a full separate closed off kitchen that meets certain standards to be used only for the business. They really don't want anyone doing it.

My town does allow home businesses in my area.

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