Retail Closings on Canada Day

    McGuinty Government Reminds Ontarians of Retail Closings

    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ -


    Planning to celebrate Canada Day with friends and family?
    Remember to do your shopping in advance of Tuesday, July 1, as most
stores will be closed on Canada Day under the Retail Business Holidays Act.
    Exempt from the Act are book or magazine stores under 2,400 square feet
with a maximum of three employees, pharmacies under 7,500 square feet, flower
shops and gas stations. Stores may also be open on this holiday if exempted
under specific municipal bylaws for tourism purposes.
    There are fines for opening businesses on these prohibited days:

    -  $500 for the first offence
    -  $2,000 for a second offence
    -  $5,000 for a third or subsequent offence
    -  Retail outlets may be fined up to $50,000 or the total amount of gross
       sales for the holiday, whichever is greater.

    The RBHA is administered by the Ministry of Government and Consumer
Services and enforced by local police services in all municipalities except
for the City of Toronto. Under the Stronger City of Toronto for a Stronger
Ontario Act, 2006, the city now has its own closing requirements under a


    -  There are nine days every year in which most stores must be closed.
       They are:
       -  New Year's Day
       -  Family Day (Third Monday of February)
       -  Good Friday
       -  Easter Sunday
       -  Victoria Day
       -  Canada Day
       -  Labour Day
       -  Thanksgiving Day
       -  Christmas Day


    Find out about tourism designations or local hours of retail operation
from the municipal clerk's office in your municipality.
    Learn which types of retail operations are exempt from the Retail Business
Holidays Act
- call the ministry at 416-326-8800 or toll-free at 1-800-889-9768.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Ciaran Ganley, Communications,
(416) 325-8659

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