Retail Closings During Easter Weekend

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Retail Closings During Easter Weekend

Ministry of Consumer Services

Ontario Government Reminds Consumers And Businesses Of Closings Under Retail Business Holidays Act TORONTO, March 22 - Shoppers and merchants are reminded that under the Retail Business Holidays Act, both Good Friday (April 14) and Easter Sunday (April 16) are among the eight days annually when most stores must be closed. 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 these holidays if exempt under specific municipal by-laws for the development or maintenance of tourism. Any questions about tourism designations or local hours of retail operation should be directed to the municipal clerk's office in the specific jurisdiction. Minimum fines for individuals opening businesses on prohibited days of retail operation are $500 for the first offence, $2,000 for a second offence, and $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 Retail Business Services Act is administered by the Ministry of Government Services and enforced by local police services. To inquire about which types of retail operations are exempt from the Act, please call the ministry at 416-326-8800 or toll-free at 1-800-889-9768. Disponible en français www.mgs.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Contacts: Ref: Store Openings: Public Inquiries: (416) 326-8800 or 1-800-889-9768; Ref: Rates of pay and other labour-related issues: Public Inquiries (Employers and Workers): (416) 326-7160 or 1-800-531-5551; Jason Wesley, Ministry of Government Services, Tel: (416) 327-2805; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, Tel: (416) 326-7405 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Contacts: Ref: Store Openings: Public Inquiries: (416) 326-8800 or 1-800-889-9768; Ref: Rates of pay and other labour-related issues: Public Inquiries (Employers and Workers): (416) 326-7160 or 1-800-531-5551; Jason Wesley, Ministry of Government Services, Tel: (416) 327-2805; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, Tel: (416) 326-7405