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Retail Business Holidays Act
When certain retail businesses must close for holidays.
The Lieutenant Governor may declare any day a public holiday to be a "holiday" for the purposes of the act — that is, a day on which certain retail business establishments must be closed.
The act does not apply to the City of Toronto.
The act does not apply to businesses in municipalities that have their own retail business holiday rules, including a rule that the act does not apply to the municipality.
Other exemptions from this act include, but are not limited to:
- certain small pharmacies
- certain small businesses and the sale of certain goods or services
- certain tourist establishments
The act also provides a right of appeal to any person who objects to a municipal bylaw that permits retail business establishments to be open on holidays for tourism and sets out penalties for non-compliance with the act.
To strike a balance between allowing retail business establishments to open and giving employees time off.