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Government Holidays/Store Hours

The information contained below is designed to help you review retail business holiday rules and regulations in your area. Since there are many exceptions in some jurisdictions, you are encouraged to check with your local municipality or provincial/territorial government, if you have any specific questions.

Alberta | British Columbia | Manitoba | New Brunswick | Newfoundland & Labrador | Northwest Territories | Nova Scotia | Nunavut | Ontario | Prince Edward Island | Quebec | Saskatchewan | Yukon

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Alberta

There is no law preventing retailers from opening. *

> If located in a mall, retailers must follow mall rules.
> To ensure compliance in your area — contact your local MLA.

Reference > Statutory Holiday Guidelines
> MLA Finder
> For more information contact the Government of Alberta's Employment Standards Branch: (780) 427-3731

British Columbia

Retailers can be open on holidays as long as they pay their employees according to law. *

> If located in a mall, retailers must follow mall rules.
> To ensure compliance in your area — contact your local Employment Standards Branch Office.

Reference > Statutory Holiday Interpretation Guidelines: British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations
> Statutory Holidays in British Columbia Fact Sheet
> Employment Standards Branch Office Locations
> For more information contact the B.C.'s Employment Standards General Enquiries, Call Toll-Free in B.C. 1-800-663-3316

Manitoba

Most retailers are NOT allowed to open during the following Holidays:

New Year's Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

For Retail Businesses In Winnipeg And Municipalities With A By-Law In Effect The City of Winnipeg has passed a by-law to adopt liberalized Sunday and holiday shopping laws.

In Winnipeg, all retail businesses regardless of the number of persons employed are able to open for business on Sundays and designated holidays. For those businesses, which normally employ more than four persons at any one time, there are some restrictions, as described below.

Businesses which normally operate with more than four staff at any one time, including the owner:

  • may operate between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays, Louis Riel Day, Victoria Day, and Thanksgiving Day with no restrictions on the number of employees on staff.
  • may not operate outside the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays, Louis Riel Day, Victoria Day, and Thanksgiving Day.
  • may not operate on New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Christmas Day.
    Note: On Sundays, Victoria Day, and Thanksgiving Day, businesses which normally operate with more than four staff at any one time have the choice to remain closed irrespective of any provision of a lease or other agreement.
  • For Retail Businesses Without A Municipal By-Law In Effect Each municipality or territory may pass a by-law or regulation to adopt the liberalized Sunday and holiday shopping laws of The Retail Businesses Holiday Closing Act, which was amended in July 1993.
  • For retail businesses operating in municipalities or territories where no by-law or regulation is in place to adopt the liberalized Sunday and holiday shopping laws, the following laws apply.

     

Businesses that operate with four or fewer staff at any one time may open for business at any time on Sundays and Holidays.

Businesses that normally operate with more than four staff at any one time may operate at any time on Sundays and Holidays with four or fewer employees.

Source: Manitoba Labour Employment Standards

Source: Manitoba Labour Employment Standards

Reference > Remembrance Day Restrictions Fact Sheet
> Remembrance Day 2007
> The Retail Businesses Holiday Closing Act
> Sunday and Holiday Shopping Fact Sheet
> Province of Manitoba — Department of Justice
> Louis Riel Day Fact Sheet

New Brunswick

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • New Brunswick Day (1st Monday of August)
  • Labour Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Of these holidays, the following are paid public holidays:
New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, New Brunswick Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day.

To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the act, please refer to the Days of Rest Act below or call the Ministry of Local Government at (506) 453-2434.

Reference > Days of Rest Act
> Province of New Brunswick — Department of Local Government

Newfoundland & Labrador

Most retailers are NOT allowed to open during the following Holidays:

Of these days, the following are paid holidays:
New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial/Canada Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day

In addition to the foregoing holidays, The Shops Closing Act sets for observance as holidays, the following:

The Shops Closing Act requires that all shops, other than those defined as exempt shops, be closed on the above holidays. To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the act, please refer to the Shops' Closing Act. For further information, please contact the Department of Human Resources, Labour & Employment at telephone number (709) 729-2742, toll-free 1-877-563-1063; e-mail: kclements@gov.nl.ca.

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Victoria Day
  • Memorial Day or Canada Day (July 1);
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day (November 11)
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
    • In the City of St, John's the day determined as Regatta Day;
    • In the Town of Harbour Grace, the day determined as Regatta Day; and
    • In any other municipality, the day fixed by the council as a public holiday therein.
Reference > Shops Closing Act
> Shop Closing Act Regulations
> Newfoundland & Labrador Labour Relations Agency

Northwest Territories

Retailers are allowed to open 365 days a year. If located in a mall, retailers must follow mall hours and regulations. If located outside of a mall, normal business operating hours apply.
** Please contact the Government of the Northwest Territories to ensure that there are no exceptions.
> To ensure compliance in area — contact local MLA.
Reference > MLA Finder
> For more information contact the Government of the Northwest Territories: (867) 873-7500.

Nova Scotia

ATTENTION NOVA SCOTIA RETAILERS: Recent changes to retail holiday closings in Nova Scotia

Most retailers are NOT allowed to open during the following Holidays;

  • New Year's Day
  • Nova Scotia Heritage Day (begins in 2015): Third Monday in February
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Canada Day
  • Labour Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Of these holidays, the following are paid public holidays:
New Years Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day

Please note that Remembrance Day closing falls under the Remembrance Day Act with different exemption rules.

The following days are commonly recognized as holidays but are not paid holidays under the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code and do not fall under the Retail Business Designated Closing Day Act. Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Natal Day (August holiday)

Retailers are free to open on these days and retail employees do not have the right to refuse to work.

To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the act, please refer to the Retail Business Designated Closing Day Act and Remembrance Day Act. You can also call the Ministry of Labour and Workforce Development at 888-315-0110.

Reference > Retail Business Designated Closing Day Act
> Remembrance Day Act

Saskatchewan

Retailers can be open on holidays as long as they pay their employees according to law (please see link to Labour Standards below) and if they are usually open on Sundays.
**Please contact the Government of Saskatchewan's Department of Labour Standards to ensure that there are no exceptions.

In many cases, municipalities set store opening guidelines. Contact your municipal clerk to ensure compliance.

Reference > Labour Standards
> For more information contact the Government of Saskatchewan Labour Standards Office: (800) 667-1783.

Nunavut

Retailers can be open on holidays as long as they pay their employees according to law.
** Please contact the Government of Nunavut's Employment Standards Branch to ensure that there are no exceptions.
> To ensure compliance in your area - contact your local MLA.
Reference > For more information contact the Government of Nunavut's Communications Department: (867) 975-6000.

Ontario

Most retailers are NOT allowed to open during the following Holidays;

New Year's Day
Family Day (Third Monday of February)
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Exempt from the act are book or magazine stores under 2,400 square feet with a maximum of three employees, pharmacies under 7,500 square feet, flower shops and gas stations.
Stores may also be open on these holidays if exempted under specific municipal by-laws for the development or maintenance of tourism. Any questions about tourism designations or local hours of retail operation should be directed to the municipal clerk's office in your municipality.

 

  • A. Former Metropolitan Toronto By-law No. 126-94
    (Queens Quay West).
    B. Former Metropolitan Toronto By-law No. 153-95
    (Toronto Eaton Centre and the Hudson's Bay Company).
    C. By-law No. 368-2002
    (Downtown Yonge Street Business Improvement Area).
    D. By-law No. 400-2004
    (Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area).
    E. By-law No. 663-2005
    (Distillery Historic District).

Minimum fines for individuals opening businesses on prohibited days of retail operation are $500 for the first offence, $2,000 for a second offence and $5,000 for a third or subsequent offence. Retail outlets may be fined up to $50,000 or the total amount of gross sales for the holiday, whichever is greater.
The Retail Business Holidays Act is administered by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and enforced by local police services.
To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the act, please refer to the Retail Business Holidays Act below or call the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services at (416) 326-8800 or toll-free at (800) 889-9768.

Reference > Retail Business Holidays Act
> Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
> Ministry of Labour — Public Holidays
> Map of the City of Toronto Municipal Boundaries

Prince Edward Island

Most retailers are NOT allowed to open during the following Holidays;

  • New Year's Day
  • Islander Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday
  • Canada Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

    Of these days, the following are paid holidays:
    New Year’s Day, Islander Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day

    The Retail Business Holidays Act also states that retail businesses must be closed every Sundays during the time period of 12:00am and 11:59am.

    To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the act, please refer to the Retail Business Holidays Act below or call the PEI government at 800-333-4362.

     

Reference > Retail Business Holidays Act
> An Act to Amend the Retail Business Holidays Act
> Province of Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Most retailers are NOT allowed to open during the following Holidays;

January 1st
Easter Sunday
June 24th
July 1st
the first Monday in September
December 25th

To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the act, please refer to the Act respecting hours and days of admission to commercial establishments below or call Developpement economique Innovation et Exportation Commerce Branch at (514) 499-2176.

Reference > An Act Respecting Hours and Days of Admission to Commercial Establishments
> Province of Quebec — English
> Developpement economique Innovation et Exportation

Yukon

Retailers are allowed to open 365 days a year. If located in a mall, retailers must follow mall hours and regulations. If located outside of a mall, normal business operating hours apply.

Please contact the Government of Yukon's Department of Community Services to ensure that there are no exceptions.
> To ensure compliance in your area — contact your local MLA.

Reference > Department of Community Services
> MLA Finder
> For more information contact the Government of Yukon's Department of Community Services: (867) 667-5811.
* This information is for guideline purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Please contact your provincial government to ensure there are no exceptions.

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