Of the most integral components of a Jewish community, together with synagogues, mikvah, cemetery, and education, is the availability of kosher food.
Ottawa is fortunate to have its own kashrut agency established in the 1920s. Its role is to facilitate the availability of kosher food and services in our community.
Ottawa Vaad HaKashrut (OVH) works hard with local and Canada-wide companies that wish to market their food products as kosher. After research, we may then set up an initial inspection where we audit all ingredients (including seasonal). Depending on historical use of the equipment, they may require extra sanitization to make them usable for producing kosher products. Kashrut inspections are performed periodically to confirm a successful kosher program is in place. [Read more…]