Ontario Reduces List Of Essential Services During COVID-19 Outbreak


On Friday afternoon, Ontario reduced the list of essential workplaces – to 44 out of 74 – that were allowed to continue providing services. Starting at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, take-out restaurants, LCBO outlets and the beer store can remain open. Most construction sites and all cannabis stores will be part of the workplaces forced to close their brick and mortar operations.

Here is the complete list:

Supply chains

1. Businesses that provide other essential businesses or services in Ontario, or that provide businesses or services that have been declared essential in a jurisdiction outside Ontario, with the support, products, and supplies , systems or services, including processing, packaging, warehousing, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary for operation.


2. Businesses that primarily sell food, beverages and consumer products necessary to maintain households and businesses, including:

– Supermarkets and grocery stores.

– Convenience stores.


– Retailers and supermarkets selling groceries.

– Restaurants (take-out service, drive-through service and delivery only).

– Beer, wine and liquor stores.


3. Pharmacies.

4. Service stations and other fuel suppliers.

5. Washhouses and dry cleaners.

6. Security services for residences, businesses and other properties.

7. Repair and maintenance services of essential vehicles and equipment and rental services of vehicles and equipment.

8. Courier, postal, shipping, moving and delivery services.

9. Funeral and related services.

10. Staffing services, including temporary help.

11. Veterinary services (emergency care only) and other businesses that ensure the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding houses, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums and research facilities .

12. Home child care with up to six children and day care for essential workers licensed to operate in accordance with Ontario Regulation.

13. Hotels, motels and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences, except seasonal campgrounds and swimming pools, fitness centers, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities which may be part of the activities of these companies.

14. Check the collection services.

Services to the public limited to alternative modes of sale

15. Stores that sell any of the following items and only provide them to the customer by another method of sale, such as curbside pickup or delivery, except in exceptional circumstances:

– Hardware products.

– Parts and supplies for vehicles.

– Supplies for animals and animals.

– Office supplies and IT products, including computer repair.

– Security supplies.

Financial services

16. Businesses that provide the following financial services:

– Capital markets and related securities trading and advisory services.

– Banking / credit union activities, including financial intermediation.

– Insurance.

– Land registration services.

– Real estate agent services.

– Pension and benefit payment services.

– Financial services, including payroll and payment processing and accounting and tax services

Telecommunications and IT infrastructure / service providers

17. IT services, including online services, software and facilities necessary for their operation and delivery.

18. Telecommunications providers and services and facilities necessary for their operation and supply.

19. Newspapers, radio and television.


20. Maintenance, repair and asset management services strictly necessary to manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings.

Transportation services

21. Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services, including:

– Transport services provided by air, water, road and rail, including taxis and other private transport providers, and


– Support services for transportation services, including,

– Logistics support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, truck stops and towing operators,

– Services that support the operations and security of transportation systems, including maintenance and repair, and

– Marinas, but only to the extent that the marina is necessary to allow individuals to access their main residence.

22. Companies that provide and support online retail, including the warehousing, storage and distribution of goods ordered online.


23. Companies that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including companies that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers, whether these other manufacturers are inside or outside the company. Ontario and the companies that support and facilitate the movement of goods through integrated North American and global supply chains.

Agriculture and food production

24. Companies that produce food and drink, as well as agricultural products, including plants, including farming, harvesting, aquaculture, hunting and fishing.

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25. Companies that process, manufacture or distribute food, beverages, crops, agricultural products, animal products and by-products.

26. Companies that support food or agricultural supply chains and the health and safety of food, animals and plants.


27. Construction projects and services associated with the health sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and the conversion of space that could be reallocated for health care spaces.

28. Construction projects and services necessary to ensure the safety and reliability of operations, or to provide new capacity, to essential provincial infrastructure, including the public transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond routine maintenance.

29. Essential industrial construction activities required for:

– Maintenance and operation of petrochemical factories and refineries.

– Major industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already started.

– Industrial construction and modifications of existing industrial structures limited to the only work necessary for the production, maintenance and / or improvement of personal protective equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators) and other products identified directly related to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

30. Residential construction projects where:

– A layoff permit has been granted for single-family, semi-detached and row houses.

– A building permit above the level has been granted for condominiums, mixed-use buildings and other buildings.

– The project includes the renovation of residential properties and construction work began before April 4, 2020.

31. Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites on hiatus or not active and to ensure continued public safety.

Resources and energy

32. Companies that provide and maintain national and global supply of resources, including mining, forestry, aggregates, petroleum, petroleum by-products and chemicals.

33. Production, transport, distribution and storage of electricity and distribution, transport and storage of natural gas.

Community services

34. Businesses that provide or support the provision of services, including:

– Treatment and elimination of waste water.

– Collection, transport, storage, treatment, elimination or recycling of all types of waste.

– Potable water.

– Repair and maintenance of essential infrastructure, including roads, dams, bridges, etc.

– Rehabilitation, management and monitoring of the environment, cleaning up and response to spills.

– Administrative authorities which regulate and inspect companies.

– Professional and social services that support the legal and judicial system.

– Government services, including, but not limited to, police and law enforcement, fire and emergency services, paramedics, coroner and pathology services, corrections and justice, licenses and permits.


35. Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities.

Health care and social services

36. Organizations and providers that provide home care or personal support services to the elderly and the disabled.

37. Companies that sell, rent or repair assistive devices / aids and / or supplies / mobility / assistance.

38. Regulated health professionals (emergency care only), including dentists, optometrists, chiropractic services, ophthalmologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and podiatrists.

39. Organizations that provide health care, including retirement homes, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, independent health facilities, and mental health and anti-aging support services Dependencies.

40. Laboratories and sample collection centers.

41. Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, including drugs, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals, medical devices and medical supplies.

42. Manufacturers, distributors and businesses that provide logistical support for or for products and / or services that support the provision of health care at all sites.

43. Non-profit organizations which provide essential personal support services at home or in residence to people with physical disabilities.

44. Non-profit organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, security or protection and / or social services and other basic necessities of life for economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable people.


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