Holiday Shopping By-law Update

The City of Toronto Act exempts Toronto from the Retail Business Holidays Act. However, Council passed a bylaw, Chapter 510, Holiday Shopping By-law, that outlines what days retail businesses in Toronto must close (except those in designated tourist areas). New Year’s Day Good Friday Easter Sunday Victoria Day Canada Day Labour Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day Family […]
The City of Toronto Act exempts Toronto from the Retail Business Holidays Act. However, Council passed a bylaw, Chapter 510, Holiday Shopping By-law, that outlines what days retail businesses in Toronto must close (except those in designated tourist areas).
  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Family Day
The bylaw states that retail businesses cannot:
A. Sell or offer any goods or services for sale on a holiday.
B. Admit members of the public to the retail business establishment on a holiday.
Note: When July 1 falls on a Sunday, July 2 is the legal holiday for Canada Day.
Exemptions
The following retailers cam remain open on holidays:
  • Small retail establishments less than 2,400 square feet;
  • Pharmacies less than 7,500 square feet;
  • Art galleries, nurseries; gas stations; liquor licensed businesses;
  • Retail businesses for education; recreation and amusement;
  • Business in relation to prepared meals; living accommodations; laundromats; vehicle or boat rentals;
Tourist Area Exemptions
Businesses located in the following areas are also exempt from the By-law:
  • Queens Quay West;
  • Toronto Eaton Centre and the Hudson’s Bay Company (Yonge & Queen location);
  • Downtown Yonge Street Business Improvement Area;
  • Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area; and
  • Distillery Historic District.
  • See the full Chapter 510, Holiday Shopping By-law here.