Canada Day Retail Hours

The following is a brief overview of retail business regulations from across the country, as related to Canada Day.

More information on retail closing days can be found on the RCC website at: https://www.retailcouncil.org/resources/quick-facts/holiday-store-hours/

Since there are exceptions to Canada 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 Canada 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.

Atlantic Canada:

In New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Nova Scotia, Canada Day is a retail closing day for most retailers.

In Prince Edward Island, retailers are allowed to open on Canada Day as long as they pay their employees according to the law.

Quebec:

In Quebec, Canada Day is a retail closing day for most retailers (except grocers, pharmacies and stores in designated tourist areas).

Please note: Quebec will also have a statutory holiday on June 24 for Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day. Saint-Jean Baptiste-Day is a retail closing day for most retailers. Please see https://www.retailcouncil.org/a-reminder-about-store-hours-on-june-24-and-july-1st-in-quebec/

Ontario:

Canada Day is July 1, unless July 1 falls on a Sunday, in which case the public holiday is July 2 by virtue of the federal Holidays Act, RSC 1985.

In Ontario, many retailers will be closed on Canada Day; however, there are exceptions based on municipal jurisdiction which can be viewed on RCC’s website at: https://www.retailcouncil.org/resources/quick-facts/holiday-store-hours/

Manitoba:

In Manitoba, Canada Day is a retail closing day for most retailers.

British Columbia / Alberta / Saskatchewan:

In British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, retailers are allowed to open on Canada Day as long as they pay their employees according to the law.

Territories:

In the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon, retailers are allowed to open on Canada Day as long as they pay their employees according to the law.

Please note: the Northwest Territories will also have a statutory holiday on June 21 for National Aboriginal Day. Retailers are allowed to open on National Aboriginal Day as long as they pay their employees according to the law.

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