In A Flash – Ontario: Ontario Mandates Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

March 23, 2020


March 23, 2020


In a press conference today, Premier Doug Ford has announced that all non-essential businesses will be required to close as of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. A list of businesses designated as essential should be provided by tomorrow. The mandatory closure will be in effect for a minimum of 14 days, with the possibility of a further extension.


In addition to healthcare and emergency services, essential businesses, which will be allowed to stay open, are expected to include grocery stores, pharmacies, power and telecommunications, among many others. It is not yet clear the extent to which construction sites will be required to close.


Premier Ford also confirmed that details surrounding what compensation or relief, if any, will be made available to businesses arising from this mandatory closure should be made available on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.


Stay tuned for more updates as further details are released.


As part of our commitment to assisting employers through these difficult times, Mathews Dinsdale has also established a number of dedicated resources to assist with providing employers with immediate support, any time of day or night, including:


  • 24-HOUR COVID-19 TELEPHONE SUPPORT: 1.855.632.4647 Our lawyers are available to assist with working through these issues, and are committed to providing a timely response. However, where there is a particularly pressing need for support, Mathews Dinsdale has established a 24-hour telephone support line which will provide a more immediate connection to one of our firm’s lawyers.


  • 24-HOUR EMAIL SUPPORT: In addition to having access to their preferred Mathews Dinsdale lawyers, and the 24-hour telephone support line, employers can also directly email our Firm’s COVID-19 response team any time of day.


  • COVID-19 RESOURCE WEB-PORTAL: Available here This website contains information about the latest developments surrounding COVID-19 impacting the workplace, including information about: government announcements, legislative changes, court and tribunal closures, and a series of helpful FAQs. This regularly-updated resource centre also acts as a centralized depository for relevant In A Flash articles, webinar information and other important resources.