Work camps in unorganized territory

A camp in unorganized territory is an area in which buildings are used to accommodate 5 or more employees who are employed in mining work, lumbering work or any other labour work in a territory without municipal organization. It is the responsibility of the operator to comply with all requirements of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, 1990 and R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 502, Camps in Unorganized Territory. Refer to the Act and Regulations for exact wording.

Building: any building, vehicle, or other structure or premises used or intended to be used as employee accommodations or to store, prepare, or serve food.

Notice of camp opening (Section 2. Ontario Regulation 502/17)

Before opening a camp you must send a written notification (fillable) (printable) (PDF, 119 KB), to the public health inspector with the following information:

When the camp is closed, the operator will ensure that the site is left in a sanitary condition and the operator will also notify the public health inspector that the camp is closed.

Communicable disease

As the operator, you must notify Public Health Sudbury & Districts immediately of an outbreak or suspected outbreak of a reportable disease in the camp or any abnormal number of illnesses.

Water supply

All water must be potable (safe to drink). Water must come from a source that is approved by Public Health before the camp opens. The water source must be readily available for camp use and be able to supply enough water to meet all camp needs. All surface water sources (for example, lake or river water) must be treated and records of treatment must be kept for the duration of the operating season.

Acceptable bacteriological test results must be obtained and submitted to Public Health prior to the use of treated water.

If UV light is used to disinfect the water, the light must be NSF 55 and a 5 micron filter must precede the light. If primary disinfection is done with chlorine, a 5 micron filter is required prior to chlorination followed by a 1 micron absolute filter for parasite removal.

All drinking water containers must be used only for that purpose. The containers must have lids and pouring faucets/spigots. These containers should be cleaned and sanitized with a 100 ppm chlorine solution for 45 seconds or equivalent, before being refilled.

Do not use shared drinking cups, each person should have their own containers for drinking.

Sanitary facilities and waste water

Wash-up facilities

Laundry facilities

You must ensure that laundry operations are not carried out in creeks, rivers or lakes or other natural bodies of water.

Garbage removal

You must ensure that garbage is stored in leak-proof containers with lids and is stored in a sanitary manner until final disposal. Check with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry or local municipalities for authorized dump sites.

Requirements for food preparation and storage areas

Food storage

Food preparation


All buildings are to be well ventilated, maintained in a sanitary condition, and screened to prevent the entry of insects and vermin.

For any questions, call Public Health Sudbury & Districts to speak with a public health inspector at 705.522.9200, ext. 464 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

This item was last modified on May 16, 2022