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Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Food Handler Certification


As of July 1, the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments will come together under Nova Scotia Environment.

Departments involved in this consolidation include the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Environment, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

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Who Needs This Certification?
This is an achievement certification which verifies that someone has completed the Food Handlers Education Program offered by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture or outside private agency.

Food handlers: Pursuant to the Nova Scotia Food Safety Regulations, all new food establishments are required to have a minimum of one trained foodhandler on site at all times and all existing food establishments will be required to have the same as of November 1, 2007.

General public: Anyone who is interested can enhance their knowledge of food safety by taking this course.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Nova Scotia Department of the Agriculture
Where can you get this Certification and / or further information?
(Halifax Regional Municipality)
Food Safety Section
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Tel: (855) 893-5309
Fax: 902-896-2381
Office Location:
Harlow Building
176 College Road
Truro NS B2N 2P3

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 890
Truro NS B2N 5G6

(Antigonish, Cape Breton, Colchester, Cumberland County, Guysborough, and Pictou County),


(Annapolis, Digby, Hants County, Kings, Lunenburg County, Queens, Shelburne, and Yarmouth):

Food Safety
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Tel: 902-893-7473
Fax: 902-893-6222
Office Location and Mailing Address
Perennia Innovation Park
Suite 122-90 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2
Application Process:

Inquiries about the times and places of these courses should be directed to one of the offices listed above. You can apply online or you can download a Foodhandler Education Course Registration Form from the Department of Agriculture website. The application form and fee must be received by the Food Safety Section at least one week prior to the start date of the course.

Waiting Period:
Usually 2-4 weeks, depending upon the availability of instructors and the schedule of classes.
Expiry & Renewal:
Upgrading is required every five years.
Price:   (Tax is included)
Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
Legislative Authority:
Health Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 194

Last Updated: October 2015

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