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Food Safety Training Requirements in Newfoundland and Labrador

As of May 1, 2021, all licensed food premises in Newfoundland and Labrador where food is handled, prepared or manufactured, must have at least one employee with current food safety training present in the business when it is in operation. 

Which businesses will need to have approved food safety training?

  • Restaurants
  • Take-outs
  • Grocery stores
  • Convenience stores where food is prepared
  • Gas stations where food is prepared
  • Butcher shops
  • Food manufacturing facilities (e.g. bakeries, dairy product manufacturers, meat packers/processors)
  • Mobile food premises (vehicles in which food is prepared for sale and service)
  • Licensed kitchens used by commercial caterers
  • Food premises where food is prepared for public institutions (schools, long term care facilities, hospitals)
  • Food premises in child care centres
  • Food premises in personal care homes

Which employees must have the training?

At least one employee with food safety training must be present at all times that the premises are in operation. It can be the owner, the operator or a food handler. It is necessary to ensure enough staff are trained to cover all shifts and employee absences. 

Where can we access the training?

The government has provided a list of the approved training courses. If a worker has a current food safety training certificate from a provider not on the list, please contact the Department of Health and Community Services at 709-729-3422 or by e-mail at

Note: The SkillsPassNL food safety modules do not provide the in-depth training required by the new regulations. 

Where can I get more information?

You can get more information on the new regulations on the government website, by contacting the Department of Health and Community Services at 709-729-3422 or by e-mail at, or by contacting your CFIB Business Counsellor.