The City of Toronto Public Health Department discloses their Restaurant Health Inspection Reports . The City also post signs at their Beaches warning against swimming if the water quality is not acceptable.
In this city, every restaurant is required to post the most recent food safety colour-code risk notice near the main entrance to the food establishment. The colour indicates the health risk based on the last health inspection results.
PASS demonstrates a general standard of compliance with the Ontario Food Premises Regulation and the health inspector has determined there are minor or no food safety issues that require immediate corrective action. If any minor infractions are noted, they are to be corrected by the next routine health inspection.
CONDITIONAL PASS demonstrates there may be some food handling, preparation, storage and/or service problems that may be a potential health hazard. The operater is required to correct these within 24 to 48 hours and the health inspector will be re-inspecting the food establishment to ensure this has been carried out.
CLOSED - There are problems related to food handling and/or operation that may present an immediate health hazard and a significant risk to the public health. The health inspector has required immediate action be taken by the operator to correct it. Non-compliance with the direction of the health inspector may lead to restaurant closure.
Communities located in this health region:
Etobicoke, East York, North York, York, Scarborough, Toronto.
Beach water is sampled daily from June to August for the presence of E. coli bacteria. If level are to high the health department will post warning signs at the beach.
Beach water with high levels of E.coli exposes a swimmer or bather to increased risk for ear, nose and throat infections, skin rashes, upset stomach and diarrhea. Although every person is at risk, those most vulnerable to acquiring these infections are young children, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems.
Beaches located in this region: Bluffer's Park Beach, Centre Island, Cherry Beach, Gibraltar Point Beach, Hanlan's Point, Kew-Balmy Beach, Marie Curtis Park East Beach, Rouge Beach, Sunnyside Beach, Ward's Island, Woodbine Beaches, Sir Casimir Gzowski, Sunnyside and Budapest Park, Woodbine Beach and Ashbridges Bay Beach, Kew Beach and Balmy Beach.
Personal services settings that provide services such as hairstyling, barbering, tattooing, micropigmentation, ear piercing, body piercing, electrolysis, manicures, pedicures or other aesthetics services are also inspected the public health inspectors.
These Personal Services Facilities inspection reports are available for viewing. Personal Services Settings must use safe practices when providing these services to prevent the spread of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), fungal and other bacterial infections to clients.
All public swimming pools, whirlpools and spas are regularly inspected by Toronto Public Health Inspectors.
Minor deficiencies are such items as improperly maintained record books, inappropriate font size on signs, damaged signs, surfaces or equipment needing minor cleaning or repair. These deficiencies pose a minimal risk to patrons and can be corrected by the next mandated inspection.
Serious deficiencies include an inadequate supply of disinfecting chemicals on hand, surfaces or equipment require major cleaning or repair, lack of water or water that is not a suitable temperature in showers, lack of equipment (that is not crucial to safe operation) such as a thermometer, skimmer weirs, or flow meter, demarcation lines/signage missing, mproper cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and deck surfaces, and no written procedures for cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and surfaces. These deficiencies must be corrected within 24 to 48 hours or the inspector may pursue legal action.
Critical deficiencies are cloudy basin water were an inspection cannot see black disk or other markings at the bottom of the pool, no sanitizer detected in pool and none in the facility, sewage back-up or an incident where a patron fouls the water or deck, improper, damaged, loose, or missing outlet covers, lack of potable water, filtration or recirculation system that is not operating, missing or damaged lifesaving equipment, missing or damaged safety and personal protective equipment or lack of training where chlorine gas is used, insufficient number of lifeguards or no of proof of lifeguard qualifications, inoperable or unavailable emergency phone, and inadequate light levels.
If any of these deficiencies are observed, the operator must correct them immediately while the inspector is present. The inspector may issue a verbal order closing the facility for the length of time and require the operator to instruct patrons to leave the facility immediately.