Starting a food selling business
Ontario's food sellers give consumers the opportunity to enjoy
their food purchases in a variety of locations. Food selling is
commonly organized into two groups - food retail and foodservice.
While food stores tend to sell pre-packaged food and foodservice
outlets tend to be locations where food is served as a meal, these
separations are blurring.
Restaurants now sell consumers their favourite sauces and dressings
from beside the cash register and retail stores sell prepared meals
from a "hot & fresh" counter.
Different rules apply to these different retail activities. So
when you start a food selling business, it's important to see which
rules apply to you.
For food retailers: Ontario is home to over 12,000
food retailers. This includes:
- convenience stores
- farm markets
- roadside stands
- grocery stores
- warehouse clubs
- drugstores selling food items
For food service companies and Broader Public Service establishments:
Ontario is home to over 30,000 foodservice outlets. This
- caterers (including those who run outlets such as employee cafeterias)
- vending trucks and chip trucks
- home delivery services
- Broader Public Service (hospitals, schools, prisons).
Both types of outlets are governed by food safety rules contained
in Ontario's Food
Premises Regulation 493/17 under the Health Protection and Promotion
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These guides will help you deal with Ontario regulations, financing,
taxation, managing your business, advertising and much more: