Can my business open?


Most retailers are now allowed to open in all regions with restrictions except for non-essential retail in Newfoundland and Labrador and some shopping malls without external access. View COVID-19 opening restrictions for your region.

Non-essential retail re-opening dates as announced by region:

Region (Ordered West to East)Re-opening date for non-essential retailers More information
British ColumbiaN/AOpen, unless you have seated food or beverage service, or are a personal services business (hair and nail salons, tattoo parlours and spas). A new Provincial Health Officer order permits food service establishments to open May 19 (under conditions specified in the order), and personal services businesses to reopen May 19. Further WorkSafeBC reopening guidance for restaurants, cafes and pubs is here. Further WorkSafeBC reopening guidance for personal services businesses are here.
AlbertaOpen as of May 14Alberta retail stores reopening May 14, 2020
SaskatchewanOpen as of May 19Saskatchewan retail stores reopening May 19, 2020
ManitobaOpen as of May 4Manitoba retail stores to reopen May 4, 2020
OntarioOpen as of May 8-14Non-essential retailers in Ontario allowed to reopen during Phase One
QuebecMay 4: Regions / May 25 : Greater MontrealQuebec begins reopening plan on May 4 (French only)
Nova ScotiaN/AMost retail businesses have been allowed to operate throughout the crisis. Restaurants (dine-in), bars, wineries, salons, and gyms in Nova Scotia can reopen as of June 5 but must have an operational plan in place.
New BrunswickOpen as of May 8View information required for businesses opening in New Brunswick
PEIOpen as of May 22PEI announces phased approach to re-opening province
Nfld & LabOpen as of June 8Newfoundland and Labrador releases details on phased plan to ease restrictions
YukonN/AReopening dates are only expected to be announced for businesses (personal service, food/beverage service, etc.) that were ordered closed.
NWTN/AReopening dates are only expected to be announced for businesses (personal services, dine-in portion of restaurants, theatres, etc.) that were ordered closed.
NunavutN/AReopening dates are only expected to be announced for businesses (personal services, etc.) that were ordered closed.

Is my business considered an essential service?

Multiple provinces have ordered the closure of non essential businesses and certain regulations apply to essential or non-essential businesses in some regions. Find out if your business is an essential service for each region below:

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