COVID-19 Essential Services

Government of Alberta Resources

The businesses and services on the provincial essential service list can continue to provide services at locations accessible to the public, but they must have proper risk mitigation measures in place, such as sanitation stations and appropriate distancing between customers.
The intent of this list is to provide general guidance to business owners and operators.  It is not meant to be exhaustive.
For more information on what services are considered essential, and to understand what options are available for businesses not on the list, visit the Government of Alberta Essential Services Page.
If you have any questions about how the essential servcies list may apply to your business, email

Government of Canada Resources

On April 2, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has released the Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic to assist various jurisdictions and businesses in their decision-making around the types of employees considered essential to maintain the health, safety, security and economic well-being of Canadians throughout this health crisis.
The guidance document provides a list of services and functions across Canada's 10 critical infrastructure sectors:  Energy and Utilities, Information and Communication Technologies, Finance, Health, Food, Water, Trasportation, Safety, Government and Manufacturing.
The Guidance will support critical infrastructure employers in identifying and managing their workforce, while fostering alignment and harmonization across sectors.
The guidance is non-binding and advisory in nature, and should not be considered a federal directive standard.  The list of essential services and functions was developed in consultation with industry and labour representatives and provinces and territories.