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Restaurant & food safety


Our public health inspectors, also known as environmental health officers, conduct more than 16,000 inspections of restaurants, food facilities and stores annually. We also educate food handlers and consumers about safe food handling practices.

Health inspections

Facility inspections are conducted regularly and when complaints are received for food premises, pools, child care, personal services (such as hair and nail salons), and residential care facilities in Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sunshine Coast, and Sea to Sky. Each visit generates an inspection report that is provided to the operator to either confirm they are compliant with regulations, or lists deficiencies that need to be addressed.

VCH Inspection Reports website 

Restaurant closures

2020 restaurant closures (June 29, 2020)

2019 restaurant closures 

2018 restaurant closures

2017 restaurant closures

2016 restaurant closures

Food safety resources

Restaurant information during a Boil Water Advisory

What to do in a Boil Water Notice (BWN) for food establishments 


Download theFood Safety Update

FOODSAFE certification

All FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued prior to July 29, 2013 will expire on July 29, 2018. As of July 29, 2013, all FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued in BC are valid for 5 years.  Please visit the FOODSAFE website to learn about the certification or renew your certificate. You can also contact your local Environmental Health Services office for more details.

Dishwashing & handwashing resources

To find hand washing posters, visit our how to stay healthy page.

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