The following is a brief overview of retail business regulations from across the country, related to Remembrance Day. More information on retail closing days can be found on Retail Council of Canada's website at: http://www.retailcouncil.org/quickfacts/storehours
Since there are exceptions to Remembrance Day retail hours, based on jurisdiction and type of retail store, RCC members are encouraged to check with their local municipality or provincial/territorial government if they have specific questions.
Please note: In provinces where there are no regulations related to Remembrance Day retail hours (see below), there may still be rules in a retailer’s shopping mall lease agreement pertaining to retail opening hours on that day.
In Quebec and Ontario, Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday, so holiday hours do not apply.
In recognition of the significance of Remembrance Day in honouring Canadian Veterans, and those currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, the City of Ottawa's Remembrance Day By-law (By-law No. 2008-355), requires most retail businesses to remain closed until 12:30 p.m. on November 11th each year. Remembrance Day (By-law No. 2008-355) | City of Ottawa
In Manitoba, retailers may operate on Remembrance Day, but cannot be open between 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, retailers are allowed to open on Remembrance Day as long as they pay their employees according to the law.
In New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, Remembrance Day is a retail closing day for most retailers.
In Nova Scotia, Remembrance Day is not a designated closing day for all retailers; however, most grocery stores, big box stores, and retail malls must close. Click here for more information.
Again, more information on retail closing days can be found on the RCC website at: http://www.retailcouncil.org/quickfacts/storehours