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Essential services: Convenience and gas are open for business across Canada

Screen Shot 2020-03-31 at 12.50.44 PMC-stores and gas stations across the country remain open under ever-changing guidelines, according to the Convenience Industry Council of Canada’s Coast to Coast Update.

At the moment, c-stores and gas stations are considered essential services in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Northwest Territories.

Other provinces are taking a slightly different approach, but the outcome is the same – convenience and gas are open for business.

For instance, Newfoundland and Labrador is permitting retail businesses that provide food to operate, as well as gas stations. Saskatchewan has listed convenience stores and gas stations as allowable.

Yukon and Nunavut have not yet created lists of essential and non-essential services and businesses, however “both territories have stated types of businesses to close but not yet which may remain open, including convenience stores and gas stations.”

CICC is regularly updating the status of convenience and gas operators here.