These are the "essential workplaces" allowed to stay open in Quebec

Mar 24 2020, 7:37 am

Quebec Premier François Legault has announced that as of Wednesday, March 25, at 12:01 am, all non-essential stores and services will be closed until at least April 13.

Legault says the measures are being put in place throughout the province because public health officials determined the virus is spreading quicker than before.

The Premier said that Quebec will be “on pause” for the next three weeks and said that although difficult, the stricter measures are necessary to combat the virus from spreading even further.

Quebec officials noted that “all businesses can always engage in teleworking and e-commerce.”

Here is the full list of “essential workplaces” as defined by the provincial government.

Priority health care services

  • All professions in the health and social services network
  • Emergency pre-hospitalization services (ambulance attendants and dispatchers)
  • Private professional resource offices (health network)
  • Drugstores
  • Dentists (emergency consultations only)
  • Optometry (emergency services)
  • Intermediate resources and private seniors’ homes
  • Homecare services for seniors, people with disabilities and vulnerable individuals
  • Specialized shelter services (conjugal violence, homelessness, drug addiction, and so on)
  • Community-based family organizations
  • 811 and 911 call centre staff
  • Héma-Québec
  • Transplant Québec
  • The Red Cross
  • The Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)
  • The Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ)
  • The production, procurement and distribution of medications, vaccines and pharmaceutical goods and medical equipment, including laboratories and research centres
  • Veterinaries
  • Animal shelters

Public security services

  • Police services, including municipal and Sûreté du Québec emergency call dispatching
  • Fire departments
  • Correctional services
  • Special constables
  • Security agencies
  • The Ministère de la Sécurité publique (civil protection and coroners)
  • Forest firefighters and all professionals who support civil protection operations
  • Communications services
  • Enterprises associated with environmental emergencies

Priority government services

  • Gouvernement du Québec departments and bodies
  • Childcare workers and emergency childcare service support staff
  • Online higher education
  • Suppliers of goods and services for disadvantage people
  • Food inspection and safety
  • Garbage collection and residual materials management
  • Government air services
  • Suicide prevention centres
  • Assistance services for the victims of conjugal violence
  • Staff that the municipalities deem essential (administration, public works, and so on)
  • Food banks
  • Courts of law and administrative tribunals in cases that they deem urgent
  • Legal services

Maintenance and operation of strategic infrastructure

  • The production, procurement, transmission and distribution of energy (hydroelectricity, fossil energies, wind power, wood pellets)
  • The maintenance in good operating condition of essential public infrastructure such as bridges, municipal buildings, and so on
  • Construction, maintenance and the maintenance of essential activities related to public and private infrastructure that may pose a threat to public health and safety (private dams, the management of hazardous and radioactive materials, and so on)
  • Health services and supply chain, for example, a water treatment plant
  • Computer resources (security, maintenance, urgent needs related to the situation)
  • Data centres

Priority manufacturing activities

  • Food production, such as farming enterprises, food processing, beverages, slaughterhouses, market garden production
  • The production of inputs necessary for priority sectors
  • The pulp and paper sector
  • The manufacture of medical instruments
  • The manufacture of chemical products
  • The manufacture of health products
  • The manufacture of microelectronics components
  • Industrial complexes, especially the aluminum sector, and mining complexes must reduce to a minimum their activities
  • Manufacture and maintenance for the defence sector

Priority stores

  • Grocery stores and other food stores
  • Drugstores
  • Convenience stores
  • Megastores outside shopping centres that offer grocery, drugstore or hardware services
  • Products for farms such as mechanical equipment, fertilizer and so on
  • The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) and the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC)
  • Funeral homes, crematoria and cemeteries
  • Restaurants (takeout counters or delivery only)
  • Hotels
  • Drycleaners and laundromats
  • Medical and orthopaedic supply stores
  • Pet food and supplies stores
  • Movers
  • Work equipment (safety and protection)

Media and telecommunications

  • Telecommunications (network and equipment)
  • Cable operators
  • Printers (solely for printing newspapers)
  • National media
  • Local media

Banking and financial services

  • financial services (financial institutions, ATMs and other payment methods)
  • insurance services (telephone service)
  • payroll services
  • accounting services
  • services related to financial markets
  • services related to financial markets and stock markets

Construction sector

  • construction firms for emergency dispatching or security purposes
  • electricians, plumbers and other trades for emergency services
  • rental equipment

Building maintenance services

  • janitorial work
  • building-maintenance firms (elevators, ventilation, alarms, and so on)

Priority transportation and logistics services

  • mass transit and passenger transportation
  • ports and airports
  • locomotive and aircraft maintenance services and essential aeronautical services (air transport)
  • procurement and distribution of foodstuffs, grocery stores and convenience stores
  • transportation, warehousing and distribution of essential goods
  • snow removal and maintenance of functional road links
  • service stations and mechanical repair of motor vehicles, trucks and specialized equipment for industries deemed essential, and roadside assistance
  • taxis, paratransit
  • postal services, message handling and parcel delivery