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Food Handler Training

RCDHU is offering in-house food handling training courses with COVID-19 restrictions, see below.

Food Handler Certification is offered by organizations recognized by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. There is usually a cost for these courses.

The government of Ontario now requires there to be a certified food handler on site at all inspected food premises while open to the public. Renfrew County and District Health Unit public health inspectors provide free one-day training in safe food handling practices. Anyone can attend. The training includes laws, causes of food poisoning, and how to store, prepare and serve food that is safe to eat.

Participants must pass an exam to qualify for Provincial Food Handler Certification. This certificate remains in effect for five years from the date of the exam.

Upcoming Food Handler Training Courses

May 4, 2024
Renfrew Legion (through ONTRAC) 
30 Raglan Street South, Renfrew
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

May 15, 2024COURSE FULL
Renfrew County and District Health Unit Pembroke Office
141 Lake St, Pembroke, ON K8A 5L8
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

September 18, 2024
Chalk River & Area Lions Club
11 Kellett St. Chalk River, ON K0N 1J0
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Additional 2024 food handler training course dates to be determined.

To register for a RCDHU Food Handler Training course, you can call 613-732-3629 ext. 505 or you can register online. See below for more available course date.

If you have an expired certificate from a provincially recognized food handler training course, you can take the exam without having to take the course again. Please call 613-732-3629 extension 505 for more details.

Food Handler Training Manual

You can download a copy of the Food Handler Training manual:

Printed copies of the manual can be purchased from:

Labine Printing
20 Moffat St.

Renfrew Printing
173 Raglan St. S.

H. Brittle Printing Limited
139 Daniel St. N.

Bayberry Lane Designs
19492 Opeongo Line
Unit B
Barry’s Bay
*Allow 2 business days to have your document printed

Digital Copy Express
11 Champlain
Deep River

Pembroke Office

141 Lake Street, Pembroke, Ontario K8A 5L8

Phone: 613-732-3629
Toll Free: 1-800-267-1097
Fax: 613-735-3067

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Renfrew Service Hub (By Appointment Only)

120 Plaunt Street South, Renfrew, Ontario, K7V 1M5

Services offered by appointment only.

If you require an alternative accessible format or assistance accessing information on this page, please contact us at or 613-732-3629.