Regulation - LGIC

Proposed amendments to the Food Premises Regulation 493/17 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 493/17
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990
Summary of Decision:
Made: December 12, 2019
Filed: December 23, 2019
Published on e-Laws: December 23, 2019
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: January 11, 2020
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed amendments have no impacts on administrative costs to businesses and no resource or financial implications within the government, as the proposed amendments would allow greater flexibility for operators and business owners.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
October 28, 2019
Summary of Proposal:
Dogs and Food Premises:

• Currently the Food Premises Regulation does not, subject to limited exceptions, allow live animals in any room where food is prepared, processed, packaged, served, transported, manufactured, handled, sold, offered for sale or displayed.
• The ministry is proposing an exemption that will allow food premise operators the discretion to permit dogs in outdoor eating areas of food premises (i.e., cafes, restaurants, pubs and breweries, grocery store patios).
• The ministry is also proposing an exemption to allow dogs in a food premise where only pre-packaged or low-risk food items, or both, are manufactured, processed, prepared, stored, handled, displayed, distributed, transported, sold or offered for sale, provided the dogs are in an area of the food premise where food is served, sold, offered for sale or displayed.


All interested parties are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed regulations. The Ministry of Health values the unique and diverse perspectives from food premises owners/operators, public health stakeholders, dog owners and the general public.
Contact Address:
Laura Pisko, Director
Health Improvement Policy and Program Branch
Ministry of Health
393 University Avenue, Suite 2100
Toronto, ON M7A 2S1
Effective Date:
January 1, 2020