Officials provide complete list of what's considered an essential service in BC

Megan Trudeau | March 26, 2020 in Provincial

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Emergency Management BC, in consultation with the provincial health officer, has clarified what qualifies as an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The services listed should and are encouraged to remain open. They must, however, follow the orders and guidance provided by officials to ensure safe operations and reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.

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Any business or service that has not been ordered to close, and is also not identified on the essential service list, may stay open if it can adapt its services and workplace to the orders and recommendations.


Child care providers and schools providing care and/or in-class instruction for children are to prioritize placements for those children whose parents are employed as front-line workers in direct to public health and health services, social services, law enforcement, first responders and emergency response.

Health services

Law enforcement, public safety, first responders, emergency response personnel

Vulnerable population service providers

Critical infrastructure service providers

Food and agriculture service providers


Transportation, infrastructure and manufacturing


Communications, information sharing and information technology (IT)

Non-health essential service providers

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