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September 23, 2020

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Critical services in Yukon during COVID-19

At this time, critical services in Yukon are defined as those considered critical to preserving life, health and basic societal functioning.

These are services delivered by specific types of workers in the following categories:

Download the Direction and guidelines for the delivery of critical, essential and other services.

Read the full Civil Emergency Measures Health Protection (COVID-19) Order.

Health sector workers

  • Workers providing COVID-19 testing.
  • Workers who perform critical clinical research needed for COVID-19 response.
  • Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection control and quality assurance personnel and pharmacists.
  • Hospital and laboratory personnel including engineering, epidemiological, source organs, plasma and blood donation, information technology and operational technology, sanitarians, respiratory therapists.
  • Manufacturers, technicians, and distributors of medical equipment, medical devices, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical gases, medical isotopes, pharmaceuticals, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, etc.
  • Workers who conduct public health functions, conduct epidemiologic surveillance, compile, analyze and communicate public health information, who cannot practically work remotely.
  • Workers performing cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities, who cannot practically work remotely.
  • Health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists, optometrists and physiotherapists.

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Emergency services

  • Personnel who work in emergency management, law enforcement, Emergency Management Systems, fire, including front line and management.
  • Workers who ensure the provision of Search and Rescue services, including those needed to coordinate and conduct search and rescue missions and communicate with those in distress.
  • Emergency medical responders.
  • Hazardous material responders from government and the private sector.
  • Workers at laboratories processing test kits.
  • Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup.

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Critical infrastructure workers

Energy and utilities

  • Workers who maintain, ensure, or restore the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, including utility workers and reliability engineers.
  • Workers at generation, transmission, and electric black start facilities.
  • Workers needed for operations at independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and balancing authorities.
  • Instrumentation, protection, and control technicians.

Water

  • Employees and others needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater and/or drainage infrastructure.
  • Employees needed to maintain and test water quality.
  • Workers building and commissioning water and wastewater infrastructure critical to support the health and safety of users of the system.
  • Workers needed to operate and maintain water treatment facilities that prevent the discharge of contaminated effluent into the environment.

Food

  • Employees supporting food, feed, and beverage transport and distribution.

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Information and communication technologies

  • Workers who maintain communications infrastructure (wireline, wireless, internet, broadcast, satellite).
  • Installation, maintenance and repair technicians who establish, support or repair service as needed.

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Transportation

Critical transportation workers are defined as workers supporting or enabling transportation functions in any transportation mode (for example, road, air or marine), in support of the continued critical movement of goods and people, in circumstances where essential and non-essential travel is restricted. These workers are:

  • truck drivers, and conductors of other conveyances, involved in the transportation of goods and materials necessary to maintain and support critical and essential services;
  • transportation workers in support of any emergency response;
  • workers in organizations that provide materials and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of the transportation system, such as clearing snow, collision response, and completing needed repairs to the transportation system (for example, road repairs);
  • employees who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass movement of cargo and people; and
  • air transportation employees, including pilots, flight attendants and flight crew involved in the transportation of essential goods and materials.

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Government

  • Any service or activity whose disruption would result in a high or very high degree of injury to the health, safety, security, or economic well-being of Yukoners or to the effective functioning of the territorial government or the Government of Canada.
  • Workers engaged in the urgent replacement, repair or maintenance of infrastructure, where a failure to do this work would result in significant damage to the infrastructure, a risk to public health or safety, and/or interfere with the ability of that infrastructure to supply a critical service.
  • Workers who are critical to protect the health and well-being of people who participate in transportation; promote safety and efficiency in transportation; protect the environment from transportation-related pollution events.
  • Border and customs workers who are critical to facilitating trade in support of critical supply chain.
  • Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.

Legal services

  • Lawyers qualified to practise in Yukon who must travel to Yukon to represent clients appearing before the Supreme or Territorial Court of Yukon, where legal representation cannot reasonably be provided remotely, and where delays in proceedings may detrimentally affect access to justice, the rule of law or Charter rights.
  • Deputy judges of the Supreme and Territorial Court of Yukon whose presence in Yukon is required in order to ensure that the rule of law is upheld and justice is not delayed.
  • Out of territory accused and witnesses whose presence in Yukon is required to avoid delays in proceedings which may detrimentally affect access to justice, the rule of law or Charter rights.

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