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Inspection Reports

YorkSafe is an inspection reporting program. You can locate and look up the most current inspection reports of your favourite establishments such as restaurants, pools, whirlpools, wading pools, splash pads, small drinking water systems, child care centres and personal service settings. 

Inspection reports can also be found by using mobile devices to scan the Quick Response (QR) codes on the bottom right corner of green Proof of Public Health Inspection signs.

Green Proof of Public Health Inspection signs are given to establishments that pass the inspections. A sticker on the sign acknowledges whether or not a food establishment has at least one certified food handler on-site at the time of inspection. 

Red Closed signs are given to establishments that do not pass the inspection and pose an immediate health hazard.

Green signs given to restaurants by the YorkSafe inspectors indicate that the restaurant has passed an inspection                    Red Closed signs given to restaurants by the YorkSafe inspectors indicate that the restaurant has not passed an inspection             


Benefits of YorkSafe

There are many benefits to the YorkSafe inspection reporting program:

  • Transparent inspection process
  • Learn the inspection results for an establishment
  • Know the date of an establishment’s last inspection
  • Attract more visitors to your establishment by passing a health inspection and displaying the green Proof of Public Health Inspection sign

Eligibility

Anyone can locate and look up inspection reports. To receive a green Proof of Public Health Inspection sign you must be an owner/operator of a York Region establishment. The establishment must be under one of these categories:

  • Food establishment
  • Recreational water facilities (public pools, whirlpools, wading pools, splash pads and water slide receiving basins)
  • Small drinking water system
  • Personal service settings (salons, spas, tattoo parlours)
  • Child care settings

You may view what an inspector looks for during a Public Health Inspection in the following links:

According to Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act, if an establishment is closed, it is given a red closed sign and must remain closed.  The red closure sign will be posted by the front entrance until a Public Health Inspector re-opens the establishment and posts a green Proof of Public Health Inspection sign to signify that it has passed and is re-opened.


Cost

YorkSafe is provided at no cost.


Types Of Establishments

Water

What types of recreational water facilities are there?

Here is a list of recreational water facilities that are regulated under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA):

  • Public pools
  • Public whirlpools
  • Public wading pools
  • Splash pads
  • Spray pads
  • Water slide receiving basins

How often are recreational water facilities inspected?

Recreational water facilities are inspected at least two times a year and at least once every three months depending on the facility type.


When is a re-inspection conducted?

A re-inspection is conducted when a facility owner/operator is given an order under the HPPA. It is also conducted if an owner/operator was not at the earlier inspection to show the working order of the following:

  • Ground fault circuit interrupter
  • Vacuum relief mechanism
  • Emergency stop button

When is an order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) given?

An order under the HPPA is given when a health hazard exists.


How can I lodge a complaint against an inspected facility I see on the YorkSafe website?

To lodge a public health complaint against one of the establishments inspected by York Region, contact Health Connection:

Toll Free: 1-800-561-5653
TTY: 1-866-252-9933 (for the deaf or hard of hearing)
E-mail: Health.Inspectors@york.ca

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Personal Services Settings

What types of services fall under personal services settings?

Any service in which there is a risk of exposure to blood. Here is a list of services:

  • Hairdressing and barbering
  • Body and ear piercing
  • Laser hair removal
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Tattooing and micropigmentation
  • Electrolysis
  • Acupuncture
  • Waxing
  • Facials

How often are personal services settings inspected?

All salons and spas are inspected at least once a year. However, more inspections may be conducted, in response to a complaint or upon request.


When is a re-inspection conducted?

A re-inspection is conducted if the last inspection reveals conditions that need to be corrected.


When is an order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) given?

An Order under the HPPA is issued when there is a condition that exists which is or may lead to a health hazard. The requirements of the order are necessary to decrease and/or eliminate the health hazard.


How can I lodge a complaint against an inspected facility I see on the YorkSafe website?

To lodge a public health complaint against one of the establishments inspected by York Region, contact Health Connection:

Toll Free: 1-800-561-5653
TTY: 1-866-252-9933 (for the deaf or hard of hearing)
E-mail: Health.Inspectors@york.ca

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Small Drinking Water Systems

What is a small drinking water system (SDWS)?

A business or premise which makes drinking water available to the public and does not get the drinking water from a municipal drinking water system may be the owner/operator of a small drinking water system (SDWS).

The owners and operators of SDWS are responsible for keeping the drinking water safe and meeting regulatory requirements, including routine water sampling.


What types of SDWS are there?

Examples of SDWS that are regulated under the Ontario Regulation 319, Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA):

  • Athletic facilities
  • Campgrounds
  • Food establishments
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Hotels, Motels, B&B’s
  • Marinas
  • Places of worship
  • Plazas
  • Public drinking water fountains
  • Public shower facilities
  • Public washrooms
  • Recreational facilities
  • Resorts
  • Service clubs
  • Trailer parks

How often are SDWS inspected?

A site specific risk assessment of all SDWS in York Region was conducted by public health inspectors using a tool called Risk Categorization (RCat).  The frequency of inspection is based on the determined risk categorization result; once every two years for high risk SDWS and once every four years for moderate and low risk SDWS.


When is a re-inspection conducted?

A re-inspection is conducted when a facility owner/operator is given an order under the HPPA. Re-inspections can include telephone confirmation of a lifting of an advisory/order.


When is an order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) given?

An order under the HPPA is given when a health hazard exists. The requirements of the order are necessary to lessen the effects of the hazard or get rid of it completely.

An order may result from:

  • Unsatisfactory microbiological parameter results
  • Unsatisfactory chemical parameter results
  • Unsatisfactory radiological parameter results
  • Improper  disinfection
  • Flood
  • Sewage Spills/Back up
  • No positive pressure maintained

How can I lodge a complaint against an inspected facility I see on the YorkSafe website?

To lodge a public health complaint against one of the establishments inspected by York Region, contact Health Connection:

Toll Free: 1-800-561-5653
TTY: 1-866-252-9933 (for the deaf or hard of hearing)
E-mail: Health.Inspectors@york.ca

 

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Child Care Centres

What are child care centres?

In Ontario, a child care centre (often referred to as a Daycare) is defined as:
A licensed premises that provides temporary care for a continuous period not exceeding 24 hours, for more than five children who are unrelated (have different parents).


How often are child care centres inspected?

York Region Public Health conducts both food establishment inspections and infection prevention and control audits in child care centres.

Food Establishment Inspections

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care determines the frequency of food establishment inspections. Child care centres where food served to children is prepared on-site are inspected three times per year. Child care centres that provide catered food are inspected twice per year.

Infection Prevention and Control Audits

Infection prevention and control audits are conducted at least once a year in child care centres. At the time of the audit, public health inspectors focus on a number of criteria including:

  • General maintenance and sanitation of the premises
  • General health and safety requirements
  • Infection prevention and control criteria, including proper cleaning and disinfection of items such as diaper change areas, toys and equipment
  • Proper hand hygiene
  • Operational policies and procedures
  • Outbreak response protocol

More inspections may be conducted in response to a complaint or upon request.


When is a re- inspection conducted?

A re-inspection is conducted if the last inspection reveals conditions that need to be corrected.


When is an order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) given?

An order under the HPPA is issued when there is a condition which is, or may lead to, a health hazard.  The requirements of the order are necessary to decrease or eliminate the health hazard.


Are there any child care centres that are exempt from the YorkSafe disclosure program?

At this time, before and after school programs are exempt from the YorkSafe disclosure program.


How can I lodge a complaint against an inspected facility I see on the YorkSafe website?

To lodge a public health complaint against one of the establishments inspected by York Region, contact Health Connection:

Toll Free: 1-800-561-5653
TTY: 1-866-252-9933 (for the deaf or hard of hearing)
Email: Health.Inspection@york.ca

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