As of March 25, 2020, at 00:01 and until April 13, 2020, the Gouvernement du Québec has ordered the minimization of all non-priority services and activities.

It should be noted that all businesses can always engage in teleworking and e-commerce.

All businesses that produce inputs or raw materials necessary for priority services and activities must maintain their activities accordingly, bearing in mind the directives from public health authorities.

Businesses that provide non-essential services, excluding stores, can maintain minimal operations to ensure the resumption of their activities, bearing in mind the directives issued by public health authorities.

To find out which workers are considered to be working in essential services and commercial activities and are entitled to emergency childcare services, see the list of Workers who are entitled to emergency childcare services.

Information for businesses and priority services

If your business conducts an activity that is not listed above, but you consider it essential, you can verify the designation as an essential business.

If you have any questions, fill out this online form and an information officer of the Gouvernement du Québec will contact you shortly.  

Complete the form 

Priority health services and social services

Priority health services and social services, including:

  • Institutions in the health and social services network, including 811 call centres
  • Pre-hospital emergency services, including the Corporation d’Urgences santé, first responders, ambulance service operators and healthcare communication centres
  • Private health consulting room of office, including dentists and optometrists (for emergency services only)
  • Pharmacies
  • Intermediate resources and family-type resources
  • Private seniors’ residences
  • Individuals, enterprises and organizations providing services to the elderly, to the disabled and to the vulnerable, in particular as part of the direct allocation—service employment paycheque measure
  • Specialized resources offering accommodation for vulnerable groups (domestic violence, vagrancy, cancer, addicts housed in community or private resources, palliative and end-of-life care, the underprivileged, immigrants, the elderly, the mentally ill, mother and child, prenatal and postnatal groups, young people in difficulty and their families, people with an intellectual or physical deficiency or an autism spectrum disorder, victims of crime)
  • Héma-Québec
  • Transplant-Québec
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Institut national de santé publique du Québec
  • Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec
  • Commission des normes, de l’équité, de santé et de la sécurité du travail
  • Wholesalers and manufacturers of medication accredited by the Minister of Health and Social Services
  • Medical and pharmaceutical laboratories and research centres
  • Enterprises manufacturing vaccines or by-products to produce vaccines
  • Suppliers, distributors and co-contractors in the health and social services network
  • Independent placement agencies in the field of health services and social services
  • Private IV clinics
  • Joint procurement groups

Public security services

Public security services, including:

  • Police departments and police forces, including emergency call dispatch centres (operated by a municipality or the Sûreté du Québec)
  • Fire services
  • Correctional services
  • Special constables
  • Highway controllers
  • Wildlife protection officers
  • Security agencies
  • Ministère de la Sécurité publique (civil security and coroners)
  • Forest firefighters and all types of professionals providing support for civil security operations
  • Communication services
  • Enterprises involved in environmental emergencies

Government services and other priority activities

Government services and other priority activities, including:

  • Québec government departments and bodies
  • Childcare workers and support staff for emergency childcare services
  • Online higher education
  • Suppliers of goods and services for underprivileged citizens
  • Food inspection and food quality
  • Waste collection and residual materials management
  • Government air services
  • Suicide prevention centres
  • Assistance services for victims of domestic violence
  • Services deemed essential by municipal organizations (administration, public works, etc.)
  • Food banks
  • Veterinarian clinics
  • Animal shelters
  • Courts of justice and administrative tribunals, for matters they deem urgent
  • Legal services (lawyers, notaries, bailiffs, translators and other workers)
  • Professional orders – public protection component
  • Priority union activities

Maintenance and operation of strategic infrastructure

Maintenance and operation of strategic infrastructures, including:

  • Energy production, supply, transmission, transportation and distribution (hydroelectricity, fossil fuels, wind energy, biomass energy)
  • Maintenance of essential public infrastructures in proper working order (bridges, municipal buildings, etc.)
  • Construction, maintenance and upkeep of essential activities in connection, in particular, with public and private infrastructures that may create a risk for public health and safety (private dams, management of hazardous and radioactive waste, etc.)
  • Sanitary services and supply chains (for example water treatment plants)
  • Computer resources (security, maintenance, urgent needs in the current situation)
  • Data centres

Priority manufacturing activities

Priority manufacturing activities, including:

  • Food production (for example agricultural operations, food processing, drink production, slaughterhouses, market-garden vegetable production
  • Production of inputs necessary for priority sectors
  • Pulp and paper sector
  • Manufacture of medical instruments
  • Manufacture of chemicals
  • Manufacture of sanitary products
  • Manufacture of micro-electronic components
  • Industrial facilities (in particular in the aluminum sector) and mining facilities, which must reduce their activities to a minimum
  • Manufacturing and maintenance in the defence sector

Priority commercial enterprises

Priority commercial enterprises, including:

  • Grocery stores and other food retailers
  • Pharmacies
  • Convenience stores
  • Stores not in a mall (offering grocery, pharmacy or hardware products)
  • Businesses supplying agricultural operations (machinery, fertilizer, etc.)
  • Société des alcools du Québec and Société québécoise du cannabis
  • Furniture and household appliances (online or telephone sales only)
  • Funeral services business and cemetery
  • Restaurants (drive-through, take-out and delivery only)
  • Hotels
  • Cleaners, laundries and laundromats
  • Medical and orthopaedic supply firms
  • Suppliers of pet food and supplies
  • Moving firms
  • Work equipment (safety and protection)

Media and telecommunications services

Media and telecommunications services, including:

  • Telecommunications (network and equipment)
  • Cable services
  • Printing (newspaper printing only)
  • National media
  • Local media
  • Communications agencies (advertising, production, feedback)

Banking, financial and other services

Banking, financial and other services, including:

  • Financial services (financial institutions, automatic teller machines and other payment methods)
  • Insurance (telephone services)
  • Payroll services
  • Accounting services
  • Financial market and stock exchange services
  • Placement agencies

Construction sector services

Construction sector services, including:

  • Construction firms, for emergency repairs or to ensure safety
  • Electricians, plumbers and other trades (emergency services only)
  • Equipment rental firms

Building maintenance and upkeep services

Building maintenance and upkeep services, including:

  • Cleaning, upkeep and pest management
  • Building maintenance (elevators, ventilation, alarm systems, etc.)
  • Household appliance maintenance and repair

Priority services in the field of transportation and logistics

Priority services in the field of transportation and logistics, including:

  • Public transit services and passenger services
  • Ports and airports
  • Maintenance of locomotives, aircraft and boats and essential air operations (air transportation)
  • Supply and distribution of foodstuffs, grocery stores and convenience stores
  • Transportation, storage and distribution of goods
  • Snow removal and road maintenance
  • Service stations and mechanical repair of cars, tow truck and trucking services and specialized equipment for essential industries and roadside assistance
  • Remunerated passenger transportation and paratransit services
  • Postal, courier and parcel delivery services

The stores and services covered by this list must ensure that the people in their establishments comply as far as possible with the principles of social distancing.

To obtain additional information on the designation of a priority business, please call 1-855-477-0777 (toll free).