Government Updates · Top Resources Today March 25th, 2020

Understanding Essential Services by Province

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The Public Service Labour Relations Act defines an essential service as: “a service, facility or activity of the Government of Canada that is or will be, at any time, necessary for the safety or security of the public or a segment of the public.”

We will be updating this article as provinces release their lists of essential services over the coming days.

Essential Service List by Province

Alberta

Health, medical, and public health

  • Emergency medical, ER and hospital physicians, nurses and support staff
  • Public health officials and staff
  • Private professional resources offices (health network)
  • Supply chain and technological support staff
  • Family medicine and other “frontline” medical staff
  • Continuing care (long-term care, licensed supportive living, and home care)
  • Private seniors’ residences and services
  • Home services for seniors, the disabled and the vulnerable
  • Treatment and operating facilities
  • Laboratories, testing and research facilities
  • Mental health and addictions counselling and support
  • Licensed addiction treatment facility staff
  • Licensed withdrawal management facility staff
  • Pharmacies
  • Dentistry (emergency services)
  • Optometry (emergency services)
  • Businesses that provide products and/or services that support the health sector
  • Canadian Blood Services and other organizations that support medical treatments such as organ donor or human health advocates
  • Specialized resources in accommodation (Example: domestic violence, homelessness, addictions)
  • Production, supply and distribution of drugs, vaccines and pharmaceutical goods and medical supplies

Public safety and security

  • Police, fire and EMS and support staff
  • Emergency Services workers – 911 operators, dispatchers and select public works employees that maintain municipal and/or public critical infrastructure
  • 811 and 911 call centre workers
  • Control mechanism businesses and staff (e.g. SCADA)
  • OH&S, food and building safety inspectors and engineers
  • Corrections facility key staff
  • Vulnerable populations support staff
  • Not-for-profit organizations that provide critical personal support services to vulnerable / challenged persons
  • Service organizations such as Canadian Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse and Salvation Army
  • Non-governmental organizations that support vulnerable populations, including homeless shelters, food banks, outreach, and harm reduction
  • Immigrant support services
  • Victims support services and similar support organizations
  • Wildland Fire Fighters
  • Search and rescue organizations and volunteers
  • Environmental emergency response and regulatory enforcement
  • Sanitation services including but not limited to deadstock, rendering, nutrient management, bio hazardous materials, green waste, packaging recycling

Food and shelter

  • Assisted living facilities, seniors lodge, including homeless shelters and accredited seniors facilities
  • Supply chain, distribution and wholesale staff, including inspectors and food safety staff
  • Key retail staff of food distribution facilities, including grocery and convenience stores
  • Food production staff, especially of staples such as butchers, bakers, and fishmongers
  • Restaurants and other food preparation facilities, including those with alcohol service only for delivery or takeout (no dining room service)
  • Food delivery services
  • Food-related charities, such as food banks and “Meals on Wheels”
  • Hotels, motels, rental units and similar facilities, including student residences and accommodation sharing services

Energy and utilities

  • Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore, or are involved in the development, transportation, fuel procurement, expansion, or operation of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, including call centres, control and storage facilities, suppliers, utility workers, reliability engineers and fleet maintenance technicians
  • Workers at Reliability Coordinator (RC), Balancing Authorities (BA), and primary and backup Control Centres (CC), including but not limited to the independent system operator
  • Mutual assistance personnel
  • Fuel distribution, transmission and storage
  • Utilities operations staff, to include generator operators, distribution repair services, inspections, security, emergency response and maintenance staff
  • Bulk and wholesale fuel production and distribution staff
  • Retail and wholesale point of sale operations
  • Coal, solar, wind and alternative energy facilities and staff
  • IT and OT technology staff – for Energy Management Systems and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, and utility data centres; cybersecurity engineers; cybersecurity risk management
  • Vegetation management crews and supporting traffic workers
  • Instrumentation, protection, and control technicians

Water

  • Water and wastewater treatment plant operations, including the production, distribution and storage of essential treatment chemicals or other products
  • Bottled, bulk, distilled or water purification operations
  • Flood and drought control operations, including dams and irrigation operations

Transportation

  • Services that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate (i.e. supply chains)
  • Taxis and other private transportation providers of transportation services necessary for activities of daily living, including handicapped and ride sharing services
  • Services and facilities that provide transportation services to businesses and individuals including by air, water, road, and rail, including providing logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, including truck stops and tow operators
  • Businesses that provide materials and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of transportation systems (road, transit, rail, air and marine) including delivery of maintenance services such as clearing snow, response to collisions, and completing needed repairs to the transportation systems
  • Air transportation services including air crew, aviation and aerospace industry supporting infrastructure and staff
  • Services stations and mechanical repair of motor vehicles, trucks and specialized equipment for industries, including unmanned air/ground vehicles
  • Postal, courier and parcel delivery services

Agriculture and horticulture

  • Industries or services that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. petrochemicals and precursors, fertilizers, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer)
  • Business and services that support security and the safe and reliable operations of high risk sites and facilities
  • Businesses and services that supply products to the mining and mineral production and distribution sector
  • Businesses, facilities and services that support and facilitate the two-way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and global supply chains
  • Businesses that provide chemicals and gases to support the natural resource sector, analytical labs and drinking water and wastewater sectors and other essential businesses
  • Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of forestry products (e.g. lumber, pulp, paper, wood fuel, etc.)
  • Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of aggregates to support critical infrastructure repairs and emergency response requirements (such as gravel, cement, concrete, and asphalt)
  • Processing, refining, and transporting natural liquids, including propane gas, for use as end-use fuels or feed stocks for chemical manufacturing

Petroleum, natural gas, and coal

  • Petroleum product storage, pipeline, terminals, rail transport, road transport
  • Crude oil storage facilities and pipeline transport
  • Petroleum refinery facilities
  • Petroleum security operations centre employees and workers who support emergency response services
  • Petroleum operations control rooms/centres
  • Petroleum drilling, extraction, production, servicing, processing, refining, terminal operations, transporting, and retail for use as end-use fuels or feedstocks for chemical manufacturing
  • Operations for maintenance and emergency response
  • Retail fuel centres such as gas stations and truck stops, and the distribution systems that support them
  • Natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines, including compressor stations
  • Underground storage of natural gas
  • Natural gas processing plants, and those that deal with natural gas liquids
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities
  • Natural gas security operations centre, natural gas operations dispatch and control rooms/centres natural gas emergency response and customer emergencies, including natural gas leak calls
  • Drilling, production, processing, servicing, and transporting natural gas for use as end-use fuels, feedstocks for chemical manufacturing, or use in electricity generation
  • Propane gas dispatch and control rooms and emergency response and customer emergencies, including propane leak calls
  • Propane gas service maintenance and restoration, including call centres
  • Processing, refining, and transporting natural liquids, including propane gas, for use as end-use fuels or feedstocks for chemical manufacturing
  • Propane gas storage, transmission, and distribution centres
  • Workers necessary for the manufacturing of necessary materials and products for energy.

Construction

  • Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space
  • Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial and municipal infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond day-to-day maintenance
  • Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors
  • Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects
  • Construction projects to repair or render operable / safe any public conveyance, including elevators, escalators and ski lifts
  • Construction projects and services that are required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical energy infrastructure or support supply chains
  • Any other construction project that can safely abide by the CMOH Public Health guidelines/directives

Agricultural and horticultural

  • Services or businesses that farm, harvest, process, manufacture, produce or distribute food, including beverages, crops, animal products and by-products, aquaculture, hunting and fishing
  • Businesses that support the food supply chain including assembly yards, livestock auctions, food distribution hubs, feed mills, farm equipment dealerships and suppliers, feed suppliers, food terminals and warehouses, animal slaughter plants and grain elevators, all farm input including fertilizer plants and distribution
  • Business that support the safety of food including animal and plant health and animal welfare
  • Businesses that provide veterinary services, and that supply veterinary and animal control medications and related supplies and testing kits
  • Operations that provide specialized pharmaceuticals or inputs to pharmaceuticals, to include medicinal marijuana operations

Retail

  • Businesses engaged in the retail and wholesale sale of food, pet food and supplies, and household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and businesses, including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and other similar retailers
  • Businesses that provide essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including feed, animal food, pet food and animal supplies, including bedding
  • AGLC, beer, wine and liquor stores and alcohol producers, and stores that sell beer and wine through arrangements with authorized providers; vaping stores; cannabis producers
  • Gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers including providers of motor vehicle, aircraft and water/marine craft fuels
  • Motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities
  • Hardware stores and stores that provide hardware products necessary to the essential operations of residences and businesses
  • Business providing pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical services, including pharmacies and dispensaries
  • Businesses that supply office products and services, including providing computer products and related repair and maintenance services, for individuals working from home and for essential businesses
  • Safety supply stores (safety gear and Personal Protective Equipment)
  • Businesses that supply and deliver remote or online ordering

Financial services

  • Financial and lending institutions, such as chartered banks, ATB Financial and provincial Credit Unions
  • All forms of insurance including brokerage
  • Services that provide access to credit, stocks or other forms of liquidity or finance to individuals, groups or businesses
  • Businesses that provide financial services including accounting, bookkeeping, payment processing, the payroll and benefits division of any employer
  • Investment management service organizations, such as and including the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)
  • Businesses that provide pension services and employee benefits services, such as and including Alberta Blue Cross, Alberta Pensions Services Corporation, and the Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund
  • The Alberta Securities Commission

Information and telecommunications

  • Businesses engaged in providing or supporting Information Technology (IT) including online services, software products and related services, as well as the technical facilities such as data centres and other network facilities necessary for their operation and delivery, including IT service and repair in situ and mobile
  • Telecommunications services (phone, internet, radio, cell phones, etc.), as well as support facilities such as call centres necessary for their operation and delivery
  • Television, radio, internet and newspaper media outlets (local and national)
  • Cybersecurity operations and professionals

Public administration and government

  • Police, fire, emergency services including medical examiner services and pathology services
  • Emergency management and business continuity staff, including continuity of government operations and communications
  • Enforcement, regulatory and advisory services and agencies, including Registries
  • Legal, corrections and courts services, alternate dispute resolution services
  • Government media and communications staff
  • Road and transportation construction and maintenance
  • The operation, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure (railways, dams, bridges, highways, flood control structures, irrigation and water management structures, etc.)
  • Waste management and recycling, including landfills and hazardous waste treatment
  • Select child, community and social services
  • Operations to preserve history and cultural heritage

Other essential services

  • Businesses providing mailing, shipping, courier and delivery services, including post office boxes
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
  • Professional services including lawyers and paralegals, engineers, accountants, translators
  • Businesses providing funeral, mortician, cremation, transfer, and burial services, and any related goods and products (such as coffins and embalming fluid)
  • Land registration services, and real estate agent services and moving services
  • Businesses providing security services including private security guards; monitoring or surveillance equipment and services
  • Businesses providing staffing services, including temporary help
  • Businesses that support the safe operations of residences and essential businesses
  • Businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including veterinarians, farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers
  • Child care services for essential workers, and home child care services of less than six children
  • Environmental services for agriculture, mining, oil and gas
  • Waste management including landfills and hazardous waste treatment

The full list can be found here.

Ontario

These measures take effect on March 24, 2020 at 11:59 ET, and apply to any for-profit, non-profit, or other entity. Read the full list here.

Teleworking and Online Commerce

Permitted at all times for all businesses.

Supply Chains

  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate

Retail and wholesaling

  • Businesses engaged in the retail and wholesale sale of food, pet food and supplies, and household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and businesses, including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and other similar retailers
  • Businesses that provide essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including feed, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding
  • Beer, wine and liquor stores and alcohol producers, and stores that sell beer and wine through arrangements with authorized providers; cannabis stores and cannabis producers
  • Gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers including providers of motor vehicle, aircraft and water/marine craft fuels
  • Motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities
  • Hardware stores and stores that provide hardware products necessary to the essential operations of residences and businesses
  • Business providing pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical services, including pharmacies and dispensaries
  • Businesses that supply office products and services, including providing computer products and related repair and maintenance services, for individuals working from home and for essential businesses
  • Safety supply stores (e.g. work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment)

Food services and accommodations

  • Restaurants and other food facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or takeaway, together with food delivery services
  • Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities, including student residences

Institutional, residential, commercial and industrial maintenance

  • Businesses that provide support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings, including, property management services,plumbers, electricians, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, security services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers, mechanics, (e.g. HVAC, escalator and elevator technicians), and other service providers who provide similar services

Telecommunications and IT infrastructure/service providers

  • Businesses engaged in providing or supporting Information Technology (IT) including online services, software products and related services, as well as the technical facilities such as data centres and other network facilities necessary for their operation and delivery
  • Businesses providing telecommunications services (phone, internet, radio, cell phones etc.) as well as support facilities such as call centres necessary for their operation and delivery

Transportation

  • Taxis and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for activities of daily living
  • Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services to businesses and individuals including by air, water, road, and rail including providing logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, including truck stops and tow operators
  • Businesses that provide materials and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of transportation systems (road, transit, rail, air and marine) including delivery of maintenance services such as clearing snow, response to collisions, and completing needed repairs to the transportation systems

Manufacturing and production

  • Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer)
  • Businesses, facilities and services that support and facilitate the two-way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and Global supply chains

Agriculture and food production

  • Businesses that farm, harvest, process, manufacture, produce or distribute food, including beverages, crops, animal products and by-products, aquaculture, hunting and fishing
  • Businesses that support the food supply chain including assembly yards, livestock auctions, food distribution hubs, feed mills, farm equipment suppliers, feed suppliers, food terminals and warehouses, animal slaughter plants and grain elevators
  • Business that support the safety of food including animal and plant health and animal welfare
  • Businesses that provide veterinary services, and that supply veterinary and animal control medications and related supplies and testing kits
  • Businesses that help to ensure safe and effective waste management including deadstock, rendering, nutrient management, bio hazardous materials, green waste, packaging recycling

Construction

  • Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space
  • Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance
  • Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors
  • Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects

Financial activities

  • Capital markets (e.g., the TSX)
  • Banking activities related to credit intermediation; credit unions
  • Insurance
  • Businesses that provide pension services and employee benefits services
  • Businesses that provide financial services including payment processing, the payroll division of any employer (as defined by the Employment Standards Act/Occupational Health and Safety Act), any entity whose operation is the administration of payroll, banks and credit unions

Resources

  • Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of mining materials and products (e.g. metals such as copper, nickel and gold) and that support supply chains in Northern Ontario including:
    • Mining operations, production and processing
    • Mineral exploration and development
    • Mining Supply and Services that ssupport supply chains in the mining industry including maintenance of operations, health and safety
  • Businesses that provide chemicals and gases to support the natural resource sector analytical labs and drinking water and wastewater sectors and other essential businesses
  • Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of forestry products (e.g. lumber, pulp, paper, wood fuel, etc.)
  • Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of aggregates to support critical infrastructure repairs and emergency response requirements (e.g. sandbags, armour stone barriers, etc.)
  • Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of petroleum and petroleum by-products

Environmental services

  • Businesses that support environmental management/monitoring and spill clean-up and response, including environmental consulting firms, professional engineers and geoscientists, septics haulers, well drillers, pesticides applicators and exterminators, management of industrial sewage/effluent (e.g. for mining operations), and environmental laboratories

Utilities and community services

  • Utilities, and Businesses that support the provision of utilities and community services, including by providing products, materials and services needed for the delivery of utilities and community services:
    • Waste collection, waste/sewage treatment and disposal, operation of landfills, and hazardous waste disposal
    • Potable drinking water
    • Electricity Generation, transmission, distribution and storage
    • Natural Gas distribution, transmission and storage
    • Road construction and maintenance
    • Police, fire, emergency services including coroner services and pathology services
    • Corrections and courts services
    • Other government services including licenses and permits
  • Businesses engaged in or supporting the operation, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure (railways, dams, bridges, highways, erosion control structures, etc.)

Communications industries

  • Newspaper publishers
  • Radio & Television Broadcasting
  • Telecommunications providers

Research

  • Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities
  • Businesses that provide products and services that support research activities

Health care and seniors care and social services

  • Organizations and providers that deliver home care services
  • Retirement homes
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Independent health facilities
  • Laboratories and specimen collection centres
  • Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals; medical devices and medical supplies
  • Manufacturers, logistics and distributors of products and/or services that support the delivery of health care in all locations (including but not limited to hospitals, labs, long-term care homes, other residential health care, physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives, and home care services)
  • Businesses that provide products and/or services that support the health sector or that provide health services, including mental health and addictions and counselling supports
  • Businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies
  • Businesses that provide personal support services (many seniors and persons with disabilities, who can afford to, hire individuals to assist with the activities of daily living)
  • Health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists optometrists and physio-therapists
  • Not-for-profit organizations that provide critical personal support services in home and also provide residential services for individuals with physical disabilities (such as the Centre for Independent Living and March of Dimes)
  • Businesses and all other organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection, and/or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals, including but not limited to food banks, violence against women emergency shelters, homeless shelters, community housing, supportive housing, children’s aid societies, residential services for adults with developmental disabilities and for children, and custody and detention programs for young persons in conflict with the law

Justice sector

  • Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system

Other businesses

  • Rental and leasing services, including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental
  • Businesses providing mailing, shipping, courier and delivery services, including post office boxes
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
  • Professional services including lawyers and para-legals, engineers, accountants, translators
  • Businesses providing funeral, mortician, cremation, transfer, and burial services, and any related goods and products (such as coffins and embalming fluid)
  • Land registration services, and real estate agent services and moving services
  • Businesses providing security services including private security guards; monitoring or surveillance equipment and services
  • Businesses providing staffing services, including temporary help
  • Businesses that support the safe operations of residences and essential businesses
  • Businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including veterinarians, farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers
  • Child care services for essential workers, and home child care services of less than six children
  • Businesses providing cheque cashing services

Business regulators and inspectors

  • Organizations, including Administrative Authorities, that regulate and inspect businesses

Quebec

These measures take effect on March 25, 2020 at 12:01 ET, and apply to any for-profit, non-profit, or other entity. Read the full list here.

Priority health care services

Priority health care services, including:

  • all professions in the health and social services network;
  • emergency pre-hospitalization services (ambulance attendants and dispatchers);
  • private professional resource offices (health network);
  • drugstores;
  • dentists (emergency consultations);
  • optometry (emergency services);
  • intermediate resources and private seniors’ homes;
  • homecare services for seniors, people with disabilities and vulnerable individuals;
  • specialized shelter services (conjugal violence, homelessness, drug addiction, and so on);
  • community based family organisations;
  • 811 and 911 call centre staff;
  • Héma-Québec;
  • Transplant Québec;
  • the Red Cross;
  • the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ);
  • the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ);
  • the production, procurement and distribution of medications, vaccines and pharmaceutical goods and medical equipment, including laboratories and research centres;
  • veterinaries;
  • animal shelters.

Public security services

Public security services, including:

  • police services, including municipal and Sûreté du Québec emergency call dispatching;
  • fire departments;
  • correctional services;
  • special constables;
  • security agencies;
  • the Ministère de la Sécurité publique (civil protection and coroners);
  • forest firefighters and all professionals who support civil protection operations;
  • communications services;
  • enterprises associated with environmental emergencies.

Essential government

Essential government services:

  • childcare workers and emergency childcare service support staff;
  • online higher education;
  • suppliers of goods and services for disadvantage people;
  • food inspection;
  • garbage collection;
  • government air services;
  • suicide prevention centres;
  • assistance services for the victims of conjugal violence;
  • staff that the municipalities deem essential (administration, public works, and so on).

Maintenance and operation of strategic infrastructure

Maintenance and operation of strategic infrastructure, including:

  • the production, procurement, transmission and distribution of energy (electricity, fossil energies);
  • the maintenance in good operating condition of essential public infrastructure such as bridges, municipal buildings, and so on;
  • construction, maintenance and the maintenance of essential activities related to public and private infrastructure that may pose a threat to public health and safety (private dams, the management of hazardous and radioactive materials, and so on);
  • health services and supply chain, for example, a water treatment plant;
  • computer resources (security, maintenance, urgent needs related to the situation);
  • data centres.

Essential manufacturing activities

Essential manufacturing activities, including:

  • food production, such as farming enterprises, food processing, beverages, slaughterhouses, market garden production;
  • the production of inputs necessary for essential sectors;
  • the manufacture of medical instruments;
  • the manufacture of chemical products;
  • the manufacture of health products;
  • the manufacture of microelectronics components;
  • industrial complexes, especially the aluminum sector, and mining complexes must reduce to a minimum their activities;
  • manufacture and maintenance for the defence sector.

Essential stores

Essential stores, including:

  • grocery stores and other food stores;
  • drugstores;
  • convenience stores;
  • megastores outside shopping centres that offer grocery, drugstore or hardware services;
  • products for farms such as mechanical equipment, fertilizer and so on;
  • the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC);
  • funeral homes, crematoria and cemeteries;
  • restaurants (takeout counters or delivery only);
  • hotels;
  • drycleaners and laundromats;
  • medical and orthopaedic supply stores;
  • pet food and supplies stores;
  • movers;
  • work equipment (safety and protection).

Media and telecommunications

Media and telecommunications:

  • telecommunications (network and equipment);
  • cable operators;
  • printers (solely for printing newspapers);
  • national media;
  • local media.

Banking and financial services

Banking and financial services, including:

  • financial services (financial institutions, ATMs and other payment methods);
  • insurance services (telephone service);
  • payroll services;
  • accounting services;
  • services related to financial markets.

Construction sector

Construction sector:

  • construction firms for emergency dispatching or security purposes;
  • electricians, plumbers and other trades for emergency services;
  • rental equipment.

Building maintenance services

Building maintenance services, including:

  • janitorial work;
  • building-maintenance firms (elevators, ventilation, alarms, and so on).

Essential transportation and logistics services

  • mass transit and passenger transportation;
  • ports and airports;
  • locomotive and aircraft maintenance services and essential aeronautical services (air transport);
  • procurement and distribution of foodstuffs, grocery stores and convenience stores;
  • transportation, warehousing and distribution of essential goods;
  • snow removal and maintenance of functional road links;
  • service stations and mechanical repair of motor vehicles, trucks and specialized equipment for industries deemed essential;
  • taxis, paratransit;
  • postal services, message handling and parcel delivery.

Saskatchewan

All non-allowable businesses cannot offer “public-facing services” after Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Production, Processing and Manufacturing and the Supporting Supply Chains

Services include:

  • Production, processing and supply chains of the mining sector
  • Production, processing and supply chains of the forestry sector
  • Production, processing and supply chains of the energy and oil and gas sectors
  • Production, processing and supply chains of the agriculture sector, including animal care
  • Production, processing and supply chains of the manufacturing sector
  • Businesses, facilities and services that support and carry-out the two-way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and Global supply chains

Transportation and Logistics

Services include:

  • Public transport and transport of people
  • Airports and any associated maintenance workers
  • Transport, storage and distribution of goods
  • Road construction and maintenance
  • Service stations and mechanical repair of motor vehicles, trucks and specialized equipment for industries
  • Taxis, ridesharing and paratransit services
  • Postal, courier and parcel delivery services
  • Businesses engaged in or supporting the operation, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure (i.e. railways, dams, bridges, highways, erosion control structures, etc.)

Media and Telecommunications

Services include:

  • Telecommunications (network and equipment)
  • Cable distributors
  • Information Communication Technology
  • National media
  • Local media

Construction Including Maintenance and Repair

Services include:

  • Construction firms
  • Services performed by trades people, residential and commercial installation services and landscaping services
  • Rental equipment
  • Building maintenance, repair and housekeeping

Retail Services

Services include:

  • Grocery and other food stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Convenience stores
  • Hardware, home supply and appliance stores
  • Funeral homes, cremation and cemeteries
  • Restaurants (take out or delivery only)
  • Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities, including student residences
  • Cleaners, drycleaners and laundromats
  • Medical supplies and services
  • Pet food stores and supplies
  • Movers
  • Work equipment (safety and protection)
  • Automotive dealers, auto repair and autobody shops
  • Stores selling beer, wine, liquor or cannabis products
  • Gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers
  • Businesses that supply office products and services
  • Rental and leasing services
  • Professional services including lawyers and para-legals, engineers and translators
  • Land registration services and real estate agent services
  • Businesses providing security services including private security guards, monitoring or surveillance equipment and services
  • Businesses providing staffing services, including temporary help

Banking and Financial Services

Services include:

  • Financial services
  • Insurance services
  • Payroll services
  • Accounting services
  • Financial market services

Critical Public Services

Health Care and Public Health Workers

Services include:

  • Occupations in health and social services
  • Pre-hospital and emergency services (i.e. paramedics, dispatchers)
  • Private professional resources offices (health network)
  • Pharmacies
  • Dentistry (emergency services)
  • Optometry (emergency services)
  • Physiotherapy (emergency services)
  • Laboratories and specimen collection centres
  • Caregivers
  • Medical facilities (emergency services)
  • Businesses that provide products and/or services that support the health sector or that provide health services
  • Private seniors’ residences and services
  • Home services for seniors, the disabled and the vulnerable
  • Specialized resources in accommodation (i.e. domestic violence, homelessness, addictions)
  • 811 and 911 call centre workers
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Production, supply and distribution of drugs, vaccines and pharmaceutical goods and medical equipment, including laboratory and research centres

Law Enforcement, Public Safety and First Responders

Services include:

  • Police services, including the distribution of emergency calls
  • Fire services
  • Corrections
  • Special constables
  • Security agencies
  • Legal and professional services that support the legal and justice system
  • Civil security, coroners and pathology
  • Forest firefighters and all types of professionals supporting civil security operations
  • Courthouse (staff required to maintain minimum operations)
  • Communication services
  • Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system
  • 911 call centre workers
  • Hazardous material responders from government and the private sector
  • Workers, including contracted vendors, who maintain digital infrastructure supporting law enforcement and emergency service options

Government and Community Services

Services include:

  • Educators and support staff for emergency child care
  • Online higher education
  • Training related to jobs and critical public services
  • Providers of goods and services for vulnerable citizens
  • Food inspection
  • Waste collection/disposal
  • Air ambulance, STARS
  • Suicide prevention services
  • Support services for victims of domestic violence
  • Income security and social security
  • All utilities (i.e. power, gas, water/wastewater, telephone) and service providers
  • Resources deemed essential by the municipalities (i.e. administration, public workers, etc.)
  • Animal shelters

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