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Maintenance, Manufacturing, and Resource Sector Deemed Essential

March 24, 2020 | By Mario Cywinski

After announcing the closure of all non-essential businesses in the province on Ontario, the provincial government has released a list of what it deems to be essential businesses.

Maintenance, manufacturing and production, as well as resource sector businesses have all been named as essential, and as such are allowed to continue operating.

Below are some industries that are allowed to keep operating. A complete list of all workplaces deemed essential are found here:



Institutional, Residential, Commercial and Industrial  Maintenance

  1. Businesses that provide support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial industrial and residential properties and buildings, including, property management services,plumbers, electricians, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, , security services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers, mechanics, (e.g. HVAC, escalator and elevator technicians), and other service providers who provide similar services

Manufacturing and Production

  1. Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer);
  2. Businesses, facilities and services that support and facilitate the two- way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and Global supply chains.


  1. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of mining materials and products (e.g. metals such as copper, nickel and gold) and that support supply chains in Northern Ontario including;
  2. Mining operations, production and processing;
  3. Mineral exploration and development;
  4. Mining Supply and Services that ssupport supply chains in the mining industry including maintenance of operations, health and safety.
  5. Businesses that provide chemicals and gases to support the natural resource sector analytical labs and drinking water and wastewater sectors and other essential businesses;
  6. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of forestry products (e.g. lumber, pulp, paper, wood fuel, etc.);
  7. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of aggregates to support critical infrastructure repairs and emergency response requirements (e.g. sandbags, armour stone barriers, etc.);
  8. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of petroleum and petroleum by-products;



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