Essential Businesses Announcement

Premier Doug Ford was joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance and Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General to announce that the government will be closing at-risk workplaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The government released a list of essential business. Essential businesses include, but are not limited to grocery stores and pharmacies, telecommunications and IT infrastructure service providers, and businesses that support power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water. Essential businesses are being asked to put into place any and all measures to safeguard the wellbeing of their employees on the front-lines.

The businesses listed below as essential are necessary to ensuring the health and safety of all Ontarians. The government needs to maintain critical infrastructure to ensure Ontarians have access to the essential supports and services they rely on.


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