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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.

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

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British Columbia

The following are statutory holidays in British Columbia:

New Year’s Day
Family Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
B.C. Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day

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

Alberta

The following are statutory holidays in Alberta:

New Year’s Day
Alberta Family Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day

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

If located in a mall, retailers must follow the mall’s rules on hours.

To ensure compliance in your area — contact your local Employment Standards Branch Office.

Reference > 2015 Statutory Holidays
> Statutory Holiday Guidelines

Saskatchewan

The following are statutory holidays in Saskatchewan:

New Year’s Day
Family Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Saskatchewan Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day

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

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

Reference > The Labour Standards Act
> The Saskatchewan Employment Act
> Government of Saskatchewan: Labour Relations and Workplace Safety

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

Municipalities with Sunday/Holiday Opening by-laws:

For retail businesses in Winnipeg, the City of Winnipeg has a by-law in effect liberalizing Sunday and holiday shopping laws. All retail businesses regardless of the number of persons employed are able to open for business on Sundays and designated holidays. For businesses that normally employ more than four persons at any one time (including the owner), there are some restrictions as described below:

  • 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 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.

Municipalities without Sunday/Holiday Opening by-laws:

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.

Remembrance Day

Retailers may operate on Remembrance Day, but cannot open between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the act, please refer to The Retail Businesses Holiday Closing Act below.

To ensure compliance in your area — contact your local Employment Standards Branch Office or municipality.

Reference > The Retail Businesses Holiday Closing Act
> Sunday and Holiday Shopping Fact Sheet
> General Holidays Fact Sheet
> Remembrance Day Restrictions Fact Sheet

Ontario

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

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

To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the act, please refer to the Retail Business Holidays Act.

Municipal by-laws

Stores may 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.

  • Municipal by-laws include:
  • 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)

To ensure compliance in your area — contact your municipality or the Ministry of Labour.

Reference > Retail Business Holidays Act
> Public Holidays Information
> Map of the City of Toronto Municipal Boundaries

Quebec

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

New Year's Day
Easter Sunday
Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day
Canada Day
Labour Day
Christmas Day

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.

To ensure compliance in your area — contact the Commission des norms du travail.

Reference > An Act Respecting Hours and Days of Admission to Commercial Establishments
> Province of Quebec — English
> Developpement economique Innovation et Exportation
> Heures et jours d’overture des commerces de détail

New Brunswick

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

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 and Christmas Day.

To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the act, please refer to the Days of Rest Act below.

To ensure compliance in your area — contact your local Employment Standards Branch Office.

Reference > Days of Rest Act
> Prescribed Days of Rest in New Brunswick
> Employment Standards New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island

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

New Year's Day
Islander Day
Good Friday
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Boxing Day

The following are paid holidays:

  • New Year’s Day, Islander Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day

In Prince Edward Island, Canada Day is listed as a paid holiday, but it is not listed under the province’s Retail Business Holiday’s Act. Therefore, a retail business can be open on Canada Day as long as they pay their employees according to the law.

The Retail Business Holidays Act also states that retail businesses must be closed every Sunday 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.

To ensure compliance in your area — contact the Department of Justice and Public Safety.

Reference > Retail Business Holidays Act
> An Act to Amend the Retail Business Holidays Act

Nova Scotia

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

New Year's Day
Nova Scotia Heritage Day
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Canada Day
Labour Day
Remembrance Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
Boxing Day

Of these holidays, the following are paid statutory holidays:

  • New Year’s Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day

Remembrance Day

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

Other Holidays

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.

Within the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), there is a municipal by-law which states that retail shops are only allowed to be open between 9am and 6pm on Natal Day. Retail operations in Halifax Regional Municipality that are exempt from the Retail Business Designated Closing Day Act are also exempt from HRM’s Natal Day by-law.

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.

To ensure compliance in your area — contact the Nova Scotia Labour Standards office.

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

Newfoundland & Labrador

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

New Year's Day
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Victoria Day
Memorial Day or Canada Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day
Boxing Day
Regatta Day (St. John's and Harbour Grace)

Of these holidays, the following are paid statutory holidays:

  • New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial/Canada Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day

To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the act, please refer to the Shops Closing Act.

To ensure compliance in your area — contact your local Labour Standards Division or municipality.

Reference > Shops Closing Act
> Shops Closing Act Regulations
> Newfoundland & Labrador Labour Relations Agency

Yukon

The following are statutory holidays in Yukon:

New Year’s Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
Canada Day
Discovery Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day

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.

Reference > Employment Standards FAQ

Northwest Territories

The following are statutory holidays in the Northwest Territories:

New Year’s Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
National Aboriginal Day
Canada Day
First Monday in August
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day

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

If located in a mall, retailers must follow the mall’s rules on hours.

To ensure compliance in your area, please contact the Government of Northwest Territories.

Reference > Employment Standards Act
> Statutory Holidays and Holiday Pay

Nunavut

The following are statutory holidays in Nunavut:

New Year’s Day
Good Friday
Victoria Day
National Aboriginal Day
Canada Day
Nunavut Day
Civic Holiday
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day
Remembrance Day
Christmas Day

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

If located in a mall, retailers must follow the mall’s rules on hours.

To ensure compliance in your area, please contact the Government of Nunavut – Department of Justice.

Reference > Labour Standards Act
* 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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