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COVID 19 Impact: Ontario Amends Essential Services List

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On April 3, 2020 the Government of Ontario updated the list of
essential businesses that can remain open during the mandatory
closure of all non-essential business. This new list will went into
effect at 11:59pm on April 4, 2020, and can be found
. The mandatory closure has been effective since March 25,
2020, will remain effective up until April 13, 2020, and may be

For the most part, the new list contains many of the essential
businesses that appeared on the initial list. However, there have
been some changes to the essential services list, the significant
of which are:

  • Cannabis stores must close their physical store locations but
    can provide click-and-collect and delivery of cannabis
    Please see our Cassels Comment on this topic for more

  • Non-critical construction projects are no longer considered
    essential. Construction permitted to continue include projects
    associated with:

    • The healthcare sector;

    • The petrochemical sector;

    • The production, maintenance and/or enhancement of personal
      protective equipment, medical devices and other identified products
      directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic;

    • Residential and/or condominium projects where a footing permit
      has been granted, above grade structural permits have been granted,
      or where the project involves renovation to residential properties
      and construction work was started before April 4, 2020; and

    • Activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites
      that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public

  • Stores that sell the following items must provide them to
    customers now only through an alternative method of sale such as
    curb side pick-up or delivery:

    • Hardware products;

    • Vehicle parts and supplies;

    • Pet and animal supplies;

    • Office supplies and computer products including computer
      repair; or

    • Safety supplies.

  • Big box retailers selling groceries are now explicitly listed
    as an essential service.

  • Any shared spaces, including gyms, meeting rooms and other
    recreational facilities, that are a part of hotels, motels, shared
    rental units and similar facilities, including student residences,
    are considered non-essential.

  • Mineral exploration and development not relating to the
    domestic and global continuity of supply of resources are no longer
    considered essential.

  • Only non-profit organizations that support the provision of
    food, shelter, safety or protection, and/or social services and
    other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other
    vulnerable individuals, are considered essential.

  • Leasing services are no longer considered essential.

  • Only urgent veterinary services are considered essential.

  • Business that provide home care service or personal support
    service, to seniors and/or persons with disabilities only, are
    considered essential.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.

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