Ottawa Public Health is mandated under the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act to inspect a wide range of food premises to improve food safety standards and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Public Health Inspectors monitor compliance with Provincial Regulations, and promote food safety and cleanliness in Ottawa's retail food industry.
Inspectors visit food establishments, both on a routine and complaint related basis, to make sure any deficiencies are quickly corrected, and prepare a report about each visit. This report is posted online shortly after the inspection and includes any deficiencies found at the establishment.
Personal service settings (PSS)
As part of its mandate under the Ontario Public Health Standards, 2008 and the Infection Prevention and Control in Personal Services Settings Protocol, 2008 , Ottawa Public Health (OPH) inspects Personal Services Settings (PSS) to improve infection prevention and control practices and to minimize the risk of blood-borne/other types of infections during the delivery of personal services. PSS refer to settings in which aesthetic services are delivered, such as but not limited to: hairdressing and barbershops; tattoo and body piercing studios; nail salons; electrolysis; and various other services. Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) monitor compliance with Provincial Best Practices, and promote safety and cleanliness in Ottawa's PSS facilities.
PHIs inspect PSS establishments, both on a routine and complaint related basis, to make sure any deficiencies are quickly corrected, and prepare a report about each visit. Residents are encouraged to look for a certificate - issued by OPH - that ensures the premises has been inspected by a Public Health Inspector.
Residents are urged to consider whether they may be submitting to a procedure that would reasonably be considered a medical intervention. If this is the case, please question the operator and, if in doubt, contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to inquire. OPH is also available for questions about issues of cleanliness and hygiene at 613-580-6744 ext. 23806.
Ottawa Public Health Inspections Disclaimer
This website provides the public with information regarding food premises, personal services settings, and pool inspections located in the City of Ottawa. Please be advised that the results of inspections posted on this website describe what a Public Health Inspector (PHI) observed on the date of the inspection.
Every effort is made to ensure that the information on this site is up-to-date. Notwithstanding, Ottawa Public Health cannot guarantee that all information is accurate, complete or current at all times.
Visitors to this site are cautioned against interpreting the status of a particular establishment based on any single inspection. The web site contains information that provides the public with a brief inspection history that can be reviewed before arriving at any conclusions. Visitors are also encouraged to review the definitions used within this website to better understand infraction details and inspection outcomes.
No endorsement of any establishment, or products or services offered by any establishment, is expressed or implied by any information, material or content included on this website.
If you discover a discrepancy, have questions about a particular food premises, personal services setting, or pool, or if there is an establishment not listed on this website, please call 613-580-6744 ext. 23806, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.