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Media Release: Food Handlers Training Courses Resuming at HPEPH

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/April 4, 2022

As Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) gradually resumes offering regular programs and services, in-person Food Handler Training courses are open for registration, with the first course being held at the Belleville office on April 13, 2022.

Resuming in-person training will meet an essential need in the community by helping food service premises comply with public health regulations. By law, every owner or operator of a food service premises must ensure that at least one person who has completed Food Handler Training is always on site (s. 32, O. Reg. 493/17: Food Premises).  Food handler training teaches essential food safety practices such as time and temperature control, personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing, and the main causes of foodborne illnesses.

Ready to register?

Food Handler Training courses are posted at events calendar. Participants are encouraged to register online.

Already completed the training?

If you have already completed Food Handlers Training but your certificate has expired, you can complete an exam to get recertified. Recertification exams are held at the Belleville Public Health office (179 North Park Street, Belleville) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Friday of each month (with exception of April 2022 which will take place on the fifth Friday of the month). Participants wishing to re-certify must register in advance by calling 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 677. Find out more on our Food Handler Training page.

Looking for more information?

Additional information is available on HPEPH’s Food Handler Training page.

Additional information and resources about food safety are available at


Media Contacts:

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist  

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. HPEPH is situated and provides services on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee people. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.


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