Public health inspectors check a variety of businesses in Hamilton to ensure they are meeting public health requirements. Each year our inspectors complete over 11,000 inspections covering numerous types of businesses.
Food premises are inspected for safe food handling as outlined in the Ontario Food Premises Regulation.
Learn more about food safety inspections and requirements:
Public Pools and Spas
Public pools, spas, wading pools and splash pads are inspected to ensure compliance with regulations and guidelines under Ontario’s Health Protection and Prevention Act.
Learn more about requirements for swimming pools and spas
Drinking Water Quality
Small drinking water systems are inspected to ensure compliance with the Small Drinking Water System Regulation.
Learn more about Operating small drinking water systems
Beauty and body art are referred to as “personal services” and places that offer these services are called personal services settings. Personal service settings are inspected for personal hygiene, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of equipment and facility maintenance.
Learn more about Personal Service Settings
Tanning facilities that are open to the public must be registered with Public Health Services, receive an initial inspection to ensure compliance with the Skin Cancer Prevention Act, and are subject to investigation of complaints alleging non-compliance with the Act.
Learn more about Tanning Facilities
Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Retailers
Tobacco and e-cigarette retailers are inspected to ensure compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
Learn more about Tobacco and E-cigarette Retailers
Beach Water Quality
Between Victoria Day and Labour Day, the water quality at public beaches is monitored for levels of E. coli bacteria and Blue-Green Algae (cyanobacteria).
Infection Prevention and Control Lapse
Infection prevention and control lapses are identified through the assessment of a complaint or referral and through communicable disease surveillance.
Child Care Centres
Child care centres are inspected for infection prevention and control policies and practices as well as food safety practices. Learn more about Requirements for child care centres.
Learn more about Child Care Centres
Overnight recreational camps are inspected to assess compliance with the Recreational Camps Regulation.
Making a complaint
If you have a concern about food safety, infection prevention or sanitary conditions of a business in Hamilton, please call 905 546-2489 or email [email protected].
City of Hamilton Public Health Services Divisions
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm - Closed on statutory holidays
Phone 905 546-2489
Email [email protected]
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