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Ontario updates list of essential workplaces: professional legal services still included

Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are part of the efforts undertaken by the province in order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The list has been brought down from 74 workplaces to 44.

Item 34(vii) continues to list "professional and social services that support the legal and justice system". This means that lawyers' offices continue to be deemed essential, even though they are not explicitly listed in the same way as on the March 23rd list. Arguably, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) should also be included under this item, which is reproduced below.

Community services

34. Businesses that deliver or support the delivery of services including:

  1. Sewage treatment and disposal.

  2. Collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste.

  3. Potable drinking water.

  4. Critical infrastructure repair and maintenance including roads, dams, bridges etc.

  5. Environmental rehabilitation, management and monitoring, and spill clean up and response.

  6. Administrative authorities that regulate and inspect businesses.

  7. Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system.

  8. Government services including but not limited to policing and law enforcement, fire and emergency services, paramedics, coroner and pathology services, corrections and court services, licences and permits.

By 11:59 p.m. on Saturday April 4, 2020, businesses that are not identified on the list must close their physical locations.

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