January 19, 2021


Dear zone presidents and division presidents,

We wanted to let you know that we have had numerous questions about the CSP and if we qualify as an essential service. Although the CSP is a valued service by our resort partners, the CSP is not categorized as an essential service.

According to Public Safety Canada, the following individuals in the medical field are covered:

  • Hospital and laboratory personnel (including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, epidemiological, source organs, plasma and blood donation, food service, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians, respiratory therapists, etc.)
  • Workers in other medical facilities (including ambulatory health and surgical, blood banks, clinics, community mental health, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation, end stage renal disease, health departments, home health care, hospices, hospitals, long term care, procurement organizations, psychiatric facilities, and rural health clinics)

As well, further down in the document it discusses search and rescue; again, the CSP is not classified as a search and rescue organization and does not qualify.

For additional information please visit Public Safety Canada’s Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic.


It would be greatly appreciated if you would share this information with your members.



Jean Rioux & Mark Brown, Co-Executive Directors

jean.rioux@skipatrol.ca / mark.brown@skipatrol.ca

Canadian Ski Patrol as an Essential Service

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