Essential services in British Columbia: complete list of jobs and industries

VANCOUVER — At a time when some businesses are boarding, others are busier than ever.

Members of the public may be confused as to why some people are still working, while others are not working for the foreseeable future.

British Columbia has considered certain businesses and industries to be “essential services,” a term for day-to-day services that the province says are necessary to “maintain life, health, public safety, and the basic functioning of society.” society”.

These businesses and services are generally still operating, although they may be closed if they fail to follow public health guidelines.

Likewise, businesses not on the list may be allowed to remain open if they are able to adapt to these same guidelines.

Wondering what services and jobs are essential? Here is a list from the Department of Public Security.

Health and health services

  • Acute care in hospitals

  • Secondary and long-term care

  • Coroners

  • Public health

  • Detox facilities

  • Safe injection sites

  • COVID-19 testing

  • Clinical research on COVID-19

  • Blood and plasma donation

  • Emergency pre-hospital services

  • Doctors

  • Dentists

  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Counselors

  • Other mental health services

  • outreach workers

  • Overdose and Harm Reduction

  • Mid-Level Practitioners

  • Nurses and assistants

  • infection control

  • Pharmacists

  • Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists

  • Social workers

  • Addiction workers and peer helpers

  • Speech therapists

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic technicians

  • Chiropractors

  • Naturopaths

  • Crisis centers

  • Meal programs

  • Paramedics

  • Pharmaceutical production

  • Medical laboratories and laboratories for research, medical testing and analytical testing

  • Manufacturers of medical supplies and equipment

  • Wholesale, distribution and stores

  • Secure supply

  • Health Plans, Billing and Information Services

Law enforcement and public safety

  • Police and firefighters

  • Fixes

  • park rangers

  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Application

  • Security

  • Court services

  • Enforcement of regulations

  • Communication and Dispatch for First Responders

  • Other services providing public safety

  • Volunteers including search and rescue, public safety lifeline

  • Public Sector Workers for Peace, Order and Good Government

  • Maintenance of technical infrastructure

  • Other employees and companies of contracted service providers related to this area

  • emergency management personnel

  • Companies that support critical infrastructure repairs and emergency response needs

  • Suppliers of equipment and uniforms to first responders

Communication, information and computing

  • Computing and communications for medical facilities, government, emergency response, energy and utilities, banking, and other critical infrastructure categories

  • Journalists and others involved in producing news online, on television, radio and in newspapers

  • Computer services, radio, cable companies and telecommunications services, including Internet and telephone

  • Manufacturers and distributors of communication equipment

Non-health service providers

  • Breeding, pet and shelter services

  • Coroners

  • Funeral homes

  • Crematoriums and cemeteries

  • Banks

  • credit unions

  • Workers who support the security and technical operations of financial institutions

  • Capital markets

  • Bankruptcy and credit related services

  • Non-banking services, including cashing checks and sending money

  • Accounting

  • Pay

  • Translators

  • Legal services

  • Assurance

  • Arbitration Providers

  • plumbers

  • electricians

  • Elevator maintenance

  • Exterminators

  • Property management

  • Caretaker/concierge

  • Cleaning

  • Fire safety and sprinklers

  • Maintenance and repair of building systems

  • Engineers

  • Mechanical

  • K-12 and post-secondary schools – currently closed as they are unable to comply with COVID-19 physical distancing rules

  • Laundromats

  • Dry cleaning

  • Restaurants and other establishments that may offer take-out and delivery

  • Towing services

  • construction industry

  • Forestry and silviculture

  • Research services supporting essential sectors

  • Government

  • Businesses and not-for-profit organizations that provide services on behalf of government, including BC Services, Residential Tenancies, Income and Disability Assistance, and MSP

  • Weather forecasters

  • Mining

  • Workers in operations centers who help other essential services

  • Land registration

  • Real estate

  • Building code enforcement

  • Public toilets for homeless people

  • Parks and green spaces

Service providers for vulnerable populations

  • Nonprofits and businesses that provide food, shelter, support services, and other necessities, including food banks, social housing, SROs, and residential healthcare facilities

  • Community Services and Outreach for Immigrants, Refugees and Vulnerable Populations

  • Elderly and disabled care, including support services

  • Childcare for people providing essential services

  • Educators of supported and unsupported children

  • Residential care for people with mental health and addictions issues

  • Government and non-profit delivery staff providing access to income support

  • Accommodation and care centers and shelters

  • Overdose prevention sites and services

  • Supply of medical cannabis

  • Companies that sell, rent and repair assistive devices and accessories, or products for the health sector

Food and agriculture

  • Food culture, including farming, fishing and the food supply chain

  • Food processing, manufacturing, storage and distribution

  • Workers who maintain or repair equipment

  • Workers, including temporary foreign workers, who support agricultural operations

  • Agricultural supplies, including seeds, pesticides and machinery

  • Food inspection services

  • Businesses that provide animal health and welfare, including veterinarians, kennels, zoos, aquariums and research facilities

Retail

  • grocery stores

  • convenience stores

  • Farmers markets

  • Pet and livestock supply stores

  • liquor stores

  • Cannabis

  • Stores that sell consumer household products, including cleaning products

  • Stores that sell groceries and other products, including home supplies, hardware, and garden centers

Transport, infrastructure and manufacturing

  • Public transport

  • Supply chain for services including cooling, storage, packaging and distribution

  • Maintenance and operation of freight services

  • Manufacturers and distributors of packaging and shipping materials

  • Truckers who transport hazardous waste and other waste

  • Local, regional and provincial delivery services including courier

  • Maintenance and repair of highways, roads and bridges

  • Maintenance and repair of overhaul vehicles, aircraft, trains, ships, etc.

  • Rental and leasing of vehicles

  • Services involved in port, road, air and rail operations

  • Facilities and workers that support delivery through the use of weighbridges, commercial vehicle inspection and more, including truck rest areas

  • Businesses supplying other essential businesses and people working from home

  • Private transportation, including taxis, rideshares, and planes

  • Chemical and industrial gas supply chain

  • Public works operations

  • Inspection and maintenance of industrial installations

  • Site inspectors and workers who process and manage workers’ compensation claims

  • Hotels and other accommodation

  • Staff of Consuls General

  • Owners of consulate buildings

  • Storage for Essential Businesses

  • Companies that supply materials for transport systems

  • Companies that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, equipment and materials

  • Vegetation management teams

  • traffic workers

  • Companies that provide staffing services, including temporary jobs

  • Companies that support the safe operation of residences, businesses and facilities

Critical Infrastructure

  • Providers of critical infrastructure services, including drilling, refineries, processing, utilities, transmission services, transportation, drinking water and wastewater

  • Manufacture of goods needed for other essential infrastructure and activities

  • Service stations

  • Diesel, propane and heating oil suppliers

  • Operations for water, waste water, water analysis, etc.

Sanitation

  • Necessary cleaning services

  • Manufacture of sanitary products

  • Renovators capable of producing goods and services that can be used to address critical shortages

  • Companies including environmental consulting firms, engineers and geoscientists, septic tank transporters and exterminators

  • Waste, organics and recycling

Michelle J. Kelley