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Canadian Tire, PetSmart among those forced to close non-essential storefronts

Here’s how you can still get the products you need
Canadian Tire restricted to curbside pickup and e-commerce delivery in response to COVID-19. (Heather Green Oliver/

The Province of Ontario reduced the list of businesses classified as essential under the Emergency Order on April 3, closing storefronts for a minimum of 14 days with the possibility of an extension.

Among those forced to close up shop are Canadian Tire, Home Depot, PetSmart, Staples, Best Buy and cannabis retailers. The majority of which can still be accessed through e-commerce delivery and curbside pickup. 

All stores that offer hardware products, vehicle parts and supplies, pet and animal supplies, office and computer supplies, and safety supplies were restricted to alternative means of commerce as of April 5.

The sales departments of all car and truck dealerships in the province have been closed but will continue to offer vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance until further notice. 

Find the full list of businesses and services deemed essential by the province here