Retail Closings on Labour Day

    McGuinty Government Reminds Ontarians of Retail Closings

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ -


    Back-to-school shopping? Don't leave it to the last minute!
    Remember to do your shopping in advance of Monday, September 1, as most
stores will be closed on Labour 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 act is administered by the Ministry of Small Business and Consumer
Services ( and enforced by
local police services in all municipalities except for the City of Toronto.
The city now has its own closing requirements under a bylaw. For more
information about enforcement of the bylaw, contact the City of Toronto at


    Nine days every year most stores in Ontario must be closed, including:

    -  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


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For further information:

For further information: Public Inquiries: (416) 326-8800 or
1-800-889-9768; Media Inquiries: Ciaran Ganley, Communications, (416)

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