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Is my retail business considered an essential service?

Multiple provinces have ordered the closure of non essential businesses. Find out if your business is an essential service for each region below:

Quick reference of stores allowed to open

= Allowed to open

Province Grocery Pharmacy Convenience Hardware Liquor/ Cannabis Restaurants Other Shopping Malls
British Columbia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – both No – takeout / delivery only Yes. Only seated food and beverage businesses and personal service businesses (hair and nail salons, tattoo parlours and spas) must be closed. Every other retail format can open but must follow the rules. Yes – some voluntary closures/reduced hours other than access to essential businesses
Alberta Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – both No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, office supplies, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. Yes – some voluntary closures/reduced hours other than access to essential businesses
Saskatchewan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – both No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive dealers/repair, office supplies, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. Yes – some voluntary closures/reduced hours other than access to essential businesses
Manitoba Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – both No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, office supplies, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. Yes – some voluntary closures/reduced hours other than access to essential businesses
Ontario Yes Yes Yes No Yes – liquor (Cannabis online only) No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, dry cleaners, etc. No – unless essential businesses are in the mall and lack outside entrances
Quebec Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – both No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. No – other than essential businesses with street access
Newfoundland and Labrador Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – liquor (some stores pick-up only) (Cannabis online only) No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, office supplies, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. Yes – some voluntary closures/reduced hours other than access to essential businesses
New Brunswick Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – both No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, office supplies, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. Yes – some voluntary closures/reduced hours other than access to essential businesses
Nova Scotia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – both No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, office supplies, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. Yes – some voluntary closures/reduced hours other than access to essential businesses
Prince Edward Island Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – liquor (limited store locations) Cannabis online only No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, office supplies, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. No – unless essential businesses are in the mall and lack outside entrances
Yukon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – both No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. Yes – some voluntary closures/reduced hours other than access to essential businesses
Northwest Territories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – both No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. Yes – some voluntary closures/reduced hours other than access to essential businesses
Nunavut Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes – liquor (Cannabis online only) No – takeout / delivery only Yes – IT/telecommunication services, automotive repair, pet food, dry cleaners, etc. Yes – some voluntary closures/reduced hours other than access to essential businesses

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