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Health protection, permits & licensing

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Under the direction of the Chief Medical Health Officer, VCH Health Protection offers a variety of services designed to protect the public from health risks in the environment and everyday activities. Health Protection's programs include Environmental Health, Community Care Facilities Licensing and Tobacco and Vapour Products.​​​

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We minimize environmental health risks for the public.

Many of our programs are mandated in legislation by the Public Health Act. Programs include Environmental Health, Community Care Facilities Licensing and Tobacco Control.​​​

In this section

Air quality

1 services

Child care facilities

3 services

Climate change & health

0 services

Drinking water

1 services

Food Safety

3 services

Personal service establishments

1 services


0 services

Pools & beaches

5 services

Residential care facilities

4 services

Sewerage systems

1 services

Temporary events and markets

1 services

Tobacco & vapour control

4 services

Health Protection services A to Z

Browse the complete A to Z list of Health Protection services available in-person and virtually.


  • Child Care Facility Inspections

  • Community Care Facilities Licensing

  • Drinking Water Safety

  • Food Service Permits & Health Approvals

  • Personal Service Establishment Licensing

  • Pool Construction Permits

  • Pool Operating Permits

  • Pool Water Quality Inspections & Reports

  • Public Beach Water Quality

  • Recreational Water Safety

  • Residential Care Inspections

  • Residential Care Licensing

  • Restaurant Inspections & Reports

  • Sewerage Systems Filings

  • Smoking Cessation Drop-In Groups

  • Temporary Events & Markets Permits

  • Tobacco & Vapour Products Enforcement Program

Pay your Environmental Health bill or invoice

Pay your food service, recreational pool or hot tub operating permit fees online.

Inspection reports

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.

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Complaints & feedback

Fill out the feedback form for any environmental health, inspections or facility licensing issues. 

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