Opening a Food Premises

Opening a Food Premises in Elgin County

  • Notice of Intent to Operate a Food Premises (PDF Form)
    Ontario public health legislation requires anyone who plans to operate a food premises in Elgin County to notify Southwestern Public Health’s St. Thomas Site of their intention. Operators MUST fill out and submit this form to the health unit.
  • Premises Checklist: Is your property suitable as a food premise?
    Food that is sold or served to the public must be prepared in an approved facility.  If you are planning on opening a new food establishment or purchasing an existing one, there are several factors you should consider. This document will help you determine if a building is suitable for your business.
  • Food Safety Management Plan
    SWPH has developed this reference tool to help owners/operators of food service premises. These plans will assist the operator to ensure that all steps are taken to prevent food-borne illness from developing in their food service premises.  It is the responsibility of all operators to evaluate the plan to ensure it is being used properly and effectively.
  • Be sure to consult the Ontario Food Premises Regulation (O. Reg. 493/17). All public health inspections of food premises are conducted according to this provincial regulation.
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