Preference will be given to Haida Gwaii residents to provide essential work services. When off-Island essential workers are necessary, a permit is required from the Council of the Haida Nation. Contact: <essentialworkpermits@haidanation.com

During an outbreak, applications will be reviewed under a higher level of scrutiny. 

  1. Essential Health Care Operations, including: research and laboratory services • hospitals • walk-in-care health facilities • emergency veterinary and livestock services • elder care • medical supply wholesale and distribution • home health care workers or aides for the elderly • doctor and emergency dental • nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities • medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers • ambulance service • mental health services • pharmacies • Haida Traditional medicine & healing practitioners • Health Centres • counselling services • birth support workers health care and service providers, support staff and ancillary services within a health care, mental health, or addictions treatment setting 
  2. Essential Infrastructure, including: utilities including power generation, fuel supply, fire wood suppliers, and transmission • public water and wastewater • telecommunications and data centers • airports/airlines • transportation infrastructure such as trucking of freight or for-hire vehicles, garages, BC Ferries • hotels and places of accommodation
  3. Essential Production, including: food supply and processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages • agriculture/farms • local food and medicine gathering (including fishing/hunting/trapping) • woodworking (carving) • local wood processing for local use • forestry and monitoring activities
  4. Essential Retail, including: grocery stores including all food and beverage stores • pharmacies • convenience stores • farmer’s markets gas stations • restaurants/bars (but only for takeout/delivery) • hardware and building material store • animal and livestock feed • cannabis 
  5. Financial Institutions, including: banks • insurance • payroll • accounting
  6. Essential Services, including: trash collection, processing and disposal • mail and shipping services • laundromats • building cleaning and maintenance • child care services for essential service providers • auto inboard and outboard repair/small engine repair • warehouse/distribution and fulfillment • funeral homes and cemeteries • storage for essential businesses • animal shelters  
  7. Providers of Basic Necessities to Vulnerable Populations, including: homeless shelters and congregate care facilities • food banks • human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support 
  8. Construction, including: skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers • other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes
  9. Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Culture, Residences and Other Essential Businesses, including: law enforcement • fire prevention and response • security • emergency management and response • building cleaners or janitors • general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor • automotive repair • disinfection • Haida Nation and municipal governance • legal services Haida Gwaii Watchmen Program & Haida Guardians • urgent family support • child care services
  10. Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Technology Support, Child Care and Services, including: technology support for online services • child care programs and services • government owned or leased buildings • essential government services