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Food Skills Classes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these courses have been cancelled.

Do you find yourself lost in the kitchen, stuck in a recipe rut, or unsure how to eat well on a budget? We are here to help! Our food skills classes can help you and your family put healthy eating into action.

Review our Events Calendar, or go to the bottom of this page, for upcoming Food Skills Classes. To register, simply complete the online registration form by clicking on the link.

Cooking with the Basic Shelf

Cooking with the Basic Shelf online registration form

Cooking with the Basic Shelf is a series of four (4) free cooking classes for adults age 18 and over. Join us each week as we learn, cook, and enjoy a meal together.

As part of the series you will learn about:

  • healthy eating on a budget
  • cooking basic meals from scratch
  • how to find nutrition information you can trust

Food for Thought

The 2020 series are full!

Food for Thought is a series of five (5) cooking classes for kids 9 to 12 years old. Join us as we learn to cook and enjoy good food together!

Kids will learn about:

  • healthy eating
  • how to use a knife safely
  • how to cook with basic kitchen tools

Classes run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm each day during the series. Supervision will be provided.

Cooking with Kids: Family Cooking Classes

Cooking with Kids: Family Cooking Classes is a series of five (5) free cooking classes for caregivers and kids aged six to eight (one child per caregiver). Join us for fun activities and prepare a meal to take home!

Families will learn more about:

  • food safety
  • meal planning
  • family meals

This series includes a grocery store tour that provides more information on label reading and best buys on a budget. Snacks are provided at the beginning of each class.

Food Literacy Workshop

Food Literacy Workshop online registration form

Looking to run your own cooking or food literacy program? Come to our train-the-trainer-style workshops. Two sessions are available:

Part 1 – This five-hour session includes an overview of our food literacy programs, basic requirements for running a program, food safety, and hands-on cooking so that you can experience a class from a client’s perspective. After this session, you will get access to a shared site that contains all our class outlines, recipes, and handouts.

Part 2 – This optional three-hour session is available to anyone who has attended part 1.  Information covered includes weight bias and stigma, Canada’s Food Guide, label reading, and finding credible nutrition information.

For More Information

For more information, call our Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

Looking for the Food Handler Training Course?

Go to our Food Handler Training page to find information and dates for the course required for employees in commercial food preparation settings.

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If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.