Environmental Health

Food Establishment - Inspections and Permits

Effective August 15, 2019, updated NWT Food Establishment Safety Regulations will change the way that permits are processed to reflect current agricultural activities while ensuring safe food practices. 

Food establishments are inspected by Environmental Health Officers to ensure compliance with the NWT Food Establishment Safety Regulations under the Public Health Act. The regulations apply to all premises where food is manufactured, processed, prepared, packaged, stored, handled, displayed, transported, distributed, served, offered for sale or sold.

All food establishments in NWT must have a valid Food Establishment Safety Permit posted in order to operate. Permits can be obtained by completing an application, submitting the fee, and after a satisfactory inspection by an Environmental Health Officer. For further information about permits and the application process, contact environmental_health@gov.nt.ca

The Department of Health and Social Services posts the results of food inspections as they are completed.  The information posted represents the conditions found at the date and time of the inspection.  The frequency of inspections is set by the Chief Public Health Officer and is determined by risk-based criteria and standards.

For information on food inspection results, see:

Environmental Health Officers investigate foodborne illness and general premise complaints from the public. If you have a question or concern about a food establishment, email environmental_health@gov.nt.ca or call 867-767-9066 ext. 49262.

You can also contact us if you note a discrepancy in posted inspections, or if there is a facility not listed.

 Information for Food Establishment Operators and Workers