Retail Business Holidays Act

When certain retail businesses must close for holidays.


Overview

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.

Purpose

To strike a balance between allowing retail business establishments to open and giving employees time off.

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Rob (a manager / supervisor)

Created 2 weeks 1 day ago

Eliminate it

Times change and in 2018 we should not force places to close "just because", it should be up to them. If the day is a STAT then they will factor that into the decision of whether they stay open or not. Additionally there's so many exemptions why bother having it at all?


Alehouse

Created 2 weeks 6 days ago

Eliminate it

Check which year your calendar is set to, it should read 2018 not 1940.


Alehouse

Created 2 weeks 6 days ago

Eliminate it

Check which year your calendar is set to, it should read 2018 not 1940.