Here’s a list of essential services that will remain open in Toronto

Andrew Mohan   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:

Supply chains

  • 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.

Transportation services

  • 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

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