Canada Releases List of Essential Workers Critical to Canada’s Infrastructure During COVID-19

imageMinister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair has released the list of services and functions deemed essential to Canada’s critical infrastructure during COVID-19. Public Safety Canada has developed the list to help various levels of governments and private sectors in making decisions on what is essential for Canada to function effectively maintaining the reliable operation of critical infrastructure services and functions to ensure the health, safety, and economic well-being of the population during these unprecedented times.

The guidance is non-binding and advisory in nature, and should not be considered to be a federal directive or standard.


Canada’s National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure defines critical infrastructure as the processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets, and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. The Strategy classifies critical infrastructure in Canada according to ten sectors:

  1. Energy and Utilities
  2. Information and Communication Technologies
  3. Finance
  4. Health
  5. Food
  6. Water
  7. Transportation
  8. Safety
  9. Government
  10. Manufacturing

The list of essential services and functions was developed in consultation with industry and labour representatives and provinces and territories. See the complete list here.

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