Retail Closings On Victoria Day

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Retail Closings On Victoria Day

Ministry of Consumer Services

Ontario Government Reminds Consumers And Businesses Of Closings Under Retail Business Holidays Act TORONTO, May 3 - Shoppers and merchants are reminded that under the Retail Business Holidays Act, Victoria Day, May 22, is 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 exempted 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 your municipality. 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 Holidays 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. Ref: Store Openings: Ref.: Rates of pay and other labour-related issues Public Inquiries: Public Inquiries (Employers and 416-326-8800 or 1-800-889-9768 Workers): 416-326-7160 or 1-800-531-5551 Disponible en fran├žais www.mgs.gov.on.caFor further information: Jason Wesley, Ministry of Government Services, (416) 327-2805; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405