Food safety in restaurants is overseen by the Province. In Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is responsible for inspecting the city's restaurants, to ensure that your food is being prepared in safe, sanitary conditions.
As part of the Greenest City initiative, Council will supply Vancouver residents with the cleanest drinking water of any city in the world by 2020.
We already closely monitor drinking water quality, to ensure that it meets or exceeds all federal and provincial water quality standards and guidelines.
VCH food inspection reports External website, opens in new tab
Review food inspection reports. VCH conducts over 16,000 inspections of restaurants, food facilities, and stores each year.
VCH food safety guidelines, permits, and forms External website, opens in new tab
VCH educates food handlers, and provides food service permits and forms for restaurants, take-outs, caterers, and mobile food service providers.
VCH food safety at home External website, opens in new tab
Get tips for safe food handling practices at home.
Drinking water monitoring and results
Learn about Vancouver's water monitoring program, and access water testing reports and results by neighbourhood.
Find drinking fountains and decorative fountains in Vancouver. Find out how to request maintenance and request new fountains.
Metro Vancouver tap map app External website, opens in new tab
Get the Tap Map App to quickly locate the closest public drinking fountains in Metro Vancouver.
Report the selling of live animal species for food to Vancouver Coastal Health:
- Phone: 604-736-2033
- Phone: 1-866-884-0888 (Toll-free for residents outside of the Lower Mainland)