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Public health inspectors (inspectors) from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit visit food premises to make sure operators are meeting the minimum requirements under provincial laws. These visits are called compliance inspections and they are done to protect the health of the public.

The results of these inspections have always been available to the public through a Freedom of Information request.

However, as of January 2017, Thunder Bay’s licensing bylaws will require eating establishments and refreshment vehicles to post a sign displaying their most recent food safety inspection grade in a location that is visible to the public from outside of the establishment. The grade will be assigned by the inspector based on the results of the compliance inspection. This only affects food premises located in Thunder Bay.

This type of public disclosure may be new for Thunder Bay, but it is common practice for most other health units across the province of Ontario. The purpose is to inform the public of the condition of the food premises at the time of the last inspection. The sign provides point-of-sale information customers can use to make decisions about where they want to eat.


What the Public Will See

Following a compliance inspection, the inspector will post one of the following signs. The sign posted will reflect the grade the premises received, based on the results of the most recent inspection. All city of Thunder Bay licensed eating establishments and refreshment vehicles will have a scorecard posted by the end of 2017.

Food Safety Grade


What Operators Will Receive

All food premises operators in Thunder Bay will receive a copy of the operator education package in January 2017. Download the DineWise Operator Education Package (PDF).


For More Information

To learn more about the signs, please contact the Health Unit and ask to speak with an inspector (807) 625-5900 or toll-free 1-888-294-6630.


Last Updated: 23/02/2017