Here’s a list of essential services that will remain open in Toronto
Mar 24 2020
The Ontario government announced on March 23 that it’s imposing a mandatory closure on non-essential businesses for two weeks, which takes effect on March 24 at 11:59 P.M.
Many were wondering which businesses constituted as essential, which the provincial government has outlined below.
The list is quite extensive so here’s a breakdown of businesses that are allowed to remain open:
- Companies that provide supplies to other essential businesses, which include packaging, processing, distribution, maintenance and deliveries.
Retail, restaurants and accommodations
- Businesses that produce alcohol and authorized stores that sell beer, wine or cannabis products.
- Grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores and similar locations that sell essential items needed for survival like food, household supplies and pet food.
- Pet shops such as PetSmart and Petvalu.
- Gas stations and retailers that provide heating fuel.
- Vehicle repair shops that operates on bicycles, aircraft, automobiles, marine and heavy equipment.
- Car and truck dealerships.
- Hardware stores that sell necessary equipment for essential operations of residences and businesses
- Pharmaceuticals and dispensaries.
- Retailers that sell office products and supplies necessary for working from home or essential business.
- Stores that provide safety supply equipment.
- Restaurants only if it provides delivery or takeaways. This includes food delivery services.
- Housing accommodations such as hotels, shared rental units, motels and student residencies.
- Taxis and other transportation services necessary for daily living activities.
- Business and facilities that use transportation to deliver goods to other essential businesses.
- Companies that maintain other transportation systems such as railways, roads, air, transit and marine.
Construction and resources
- Any mining operations that help any essential businesses.
- All construction businesses related to health care and provincial infrastructure.
- Businesses that help with forestry made products.
- Companies that work with petroleum.
- Corporations that repairs critical infrastructure regarding railways, dams, highways, etc.
Financial and communications
- Businesses that provide pension and employee benefits services.
- Capital markets such as the TSX.
- Banks and insurance companies.
- Any businesses that provide financial services regarding payment handling.
- Newspaper, radio, broadcasting and other telecommunications providers.
Research and health care services
- Companies that conduct research or provides services and products to these facilities.
- Home care services, which include retirement homes and long-term health facilities.
- Businesses that manufacture or support delivery of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies.
- Companies that rent, sell or fix mobility or medical aid devices.
- Organizations that provide food, shelter, safety and any other social services as a necessity to the livelihoods of economically disadvantaged or vulnerable individuals.
Environmental, utilities and community services
- Any business that does environmental cleaning, management and response.
- All businesses that contributes to utilities and community service, such as waste collection and management, natural gas distribution, licence and permit government services, etc.
Food production and agriculture
- Any business that’s involved with food production and farming, which includes companies that provide equipment to agricultural workers or support food supply chains.
- Veterinary services and businesses that supply these medicines, supplies and testing kits.
Judicial and other businesses included
- Any professional and social service that supports the judicial system.
- Rental and leasing services, which include automotive, commercial and light industrial machines.
- Professional services such as lawyers, engineers, accountants and translators.
- Businesses that handle or support funerals and cremation services and products.
- Child care services for essential workers or babysitters with less than six kids.
- Security businesses that manage bodyguards or monitors surveillance.
- Land registration and real estate agents.
- Businesses that provide cheque cashing services
Source: Ontario Newsroom