COVID-19: The Ontario Government Identifies  Essential Business Services Amid State of Emergency 

Ontario is closing at-risk workplaces to protect the health and safety of the public. This order, issued by the Premier,  will take effect March 24, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

Business owners are now  encouraged to continue their operations through work-from-home policies and innovative business models. The Ontario government reminds businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public.

 List of Essential Workplaces

  • Supply chains
  • Retail/Wholesale
  • Food services and Accommodations
  • Maintenance
  • Telecom/IT
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Agriculture/Food production
  • Construction
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Environmental Services
  • Utilities and Community Services
  • Communications/Media
  • Research
  • Healthcare/Senior Care/Social Services
  • Justice Sector
  • Other Businesses

For additional information, please visit the website here.


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