Clinics & Services

Convictions & Orders in Hamilton

Food Premises

Public health inspectors routinely visit over 3,200 food premises in Hamilton. When they visit food premises including restaurants, they check for safe food handling outlined in the Ontario Food Premise Regulation. Food premises that are not following the law at the time of the inspection are either given:

  • a specific time period to fix what they are doing wrong
  • an Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, such as closing a restaurant, if there is an immediate risk to patrons

Food premises are fined if they are convicted in court of not following the Ontario Food Premises Regulation or not following an Order. Fines range from $50 for minor infractions to $25,000 per day for a corporation who does not follow an Order.

Afshar's Shawarma & Grill
234 King St W
Date of conviction: May 10, 2022
Reason for Conviction: Maintain potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature between 4C and 60C

We post orders issued under the Health Protection and Promotion Act for three months from the date the Order is issued.

Bruno’s Pizza & Wings
718 Main St East, Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1K9
Date of Order: June 18, 2022
Reason(s) for Order: Fail to operate and maintain premises free from every condition that may be a health hazard contrary to Ontario Regulation 493/17 Sec 7 (1)(a)(i), and HPPA section 13

Afshar’s Shawarma
234 King Street West Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1A9
Date of Order: April 29, 2022
Reason(s) for Order: Fail to operate and maintain premises free from every condition that may be a health hazard contrary to Ontario Regulation 493/17 Sec 7 (1)(a)(i), and HPPA section 13

Winchester Arms
120 King St W, Dundas, ON L9H 2W5
Date of Order: April 20, 2022
Reason(s) for Order: Fail to provide hot running water in food preparation area. Ontario Regulation 493/17 Sec 7 (3)(b), and HPPA section 13

Personal Service Settings

Public Health Services works with owners/operators and staff of Personal Service Settings to ensure that they follow safe practices to reduce the risk of transmission of blood borne infection. During an inspection, public health inspectors check for compliance with Ontario Regulation 136/18: Personal Service Settings and use education to help businesses comply with the regulation. 

When infractions are not corrected by the required time, legal action may occur to obtain compliance. Repeat infractions noted during follow-up inspections or during any future inspections, may lead to legal action.

Below is a list of Personal Service Settings where an offence occurred and the owner or operator was charged and convicted. Convictions will be posted online for two years from the conviction date.

Salon Joseph Creative Hairstyling
492 James St North
Offence Date: November 28, 2019
Conviction Date: February 20, 2020
Conviction reason: Reusable equipment not cleaned and disinfected or sterilized between each use. Reg 136/18 Subsection 10(4).
Fail to ensure all sharps disposed of immediately after use in sharps container in close proximity to where personal service provided. O. Reg 136/18 Subsection 10(7).

COVID-19 IPAC Assessments – Congregate Living Settings

Public Health Services works with owners/operators and staff of Congregate Living Settings to ensure that they follow safe Infection Prevention and Control practices to reduce the risk of transmission of Coronavirus. During an assessment, public health inspectors check for compliance under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter H.7 and use education to help businesses comply with the Act. 

When items are not corrected to meet best practice by the required time, legal action may occur to obtain compliance. Repeat infractions noted during follow-up assessments or during any future assessments, may lead to legal action.

We post orders issued under the Health Protection and Promotion Act for three months from the date the Order ceased to be in effect

Tobacco and Vapour Product Retailers

Tobacco Enforcement Officers routinely visit tobacco and/or vapour product vendors in Hamilton.  When they visit vendors selling tobacco and/or vapour products they check compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. Anyone who is non-compliant with the rules set out in the Smoke-Free Ontario Act can be charged with an offence.


Disclaimer: Prospective buyers of tobacco retail dealer premises are strongly encouraged to contact the local public health unit to confirm premises conviction history. A premise with two or more tobacco sales convictions against any owner (past or present) at that address within a five year period is subject to a Notice of Prohibition Against the Sale, Storage and Delivery of Tobacco Products (known as an automatic prohibition or “AP”).

Section 22 of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA) states that upon becoming aware that there are two or more convictions against any owner for tobacco sales offences committed at the same place within a five year period, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) shall notify the owner(s) or occupant of the place that the sale, storage and delivery of tobacco products is prohibited at the place.

The MOHLTC accepts requests from public health units for automatic prohibitions where owner(s) of the business was/were convicted of tobacco sales offences on two occasions. The SFOA convictions report published on public health units’ websites lists all owner related tobacco sales convictions that are eligible for an automatic prohibition. Please note that automatic prohibitions do not apply to vapour products sales convictions.