Retail Closings Over The Holiday Season

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Retail Closings Over The Holiday Season

Ministry of Consumer Services

Ontario Government Reminds Consumers And Businesses Of Closings Under Retail Business Holidays Act TORONTO, Nov. 28 - Shoppers and merchants are reminded that under the Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA), both Christmas Day, December 25, 2007 and New Year's Day, January 1, 2008, are among the nine days per year when most stores in Ontario 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 bylaws for tourism purposes. 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 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 RBHA is administered by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, except for the City of Toronto, and enforced by local police services in all municipalities. Under the Stronger City of Toronto for a Stronger Ontario Act, 2006, the city now has its own closing requirements under an interim bylaw. The city has indicated that the same closing requirements will apply to retail businesses in Toronto and they are to close on December 25, 2007 and January 1, 2008. The RBHA strikes the appropriate balance between allowing businesses to remain open and providing employees and consumers with a common day of pause. 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: Ref: Store Openings, Public Inquiries: (416) 326-8800 or 1-800-889-9768; Ciaran Ganley, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, (416) 325-8659; Ref: Rates of pay and other labour-related issues, Public Inquiries (Employers and Workers): (416) 326-7160 or 1-800-531-5551; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Ref: Store Openings, Public Inquiries: (416) 326-8800 or 1-800-889-9768; Ciaran Ganley, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, (416) 325-8659; Ref: Rates of pay and other labour-related issues, Public Inquiries (Employers and Workers): (416) 326-7160 or 1-800-531-5551; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405