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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.

About health inspections

Inspections are conducted on a regular basis and when complaints are received. Each visit generates an inspection report that is provided to the operator to either confirm that they are compliant with regulations, or to inform them that they are required to address deficiencies.

Find restaurant closures

Visit our restaurant closures page to find out what restaurants and other food establishments have been closed.

Find inspection reports

Visit the VCH Inspection Reports website for inspections including Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sunshine Coast, and Sea to Sky.

To find inspections dated prior to April 24, 2015:

For Vancouver, Richmond and North Shore: visit the Legacy VCH Inspection Reports website

Food safety update

For operators of food service establishments to keep up to date on food safety, regulations and foodborne illness.

Dishwashing & handwashing resources

Visit our how to stay healthy page to find hand washing posters


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