On June 14, 2018, The Regional Municipality of Peel enacted a Holiday Shopping By-law that does not allow retailers to operate on statutory holidays, although there are some exceptions. This by-law was developed to maintain common rest days for all residents and employees in Peel Region.
The Region of Peel Holiday Shopping By-law 34-2018 specifies when retail businesses in Peel Region must close for holidays during the year:
Section 4(1) to 4(8) of the by-law also notes that these retailers may remain open on holidays:
Businesses that were granted permission, under the Retail Business Holidays Act, to operate on statutory holidays will be grandfathered until further notice. Council asked staff to report to a future Regional Council meeting with options to phase out the grandfathered clauses, which allow current exemptions.
Council enacted this by-law after staff conducted background research and consultations, which included collecting 3,620 surveys completed from January 15 to February 28, 2018 and conducting seven workshops from February 21 to 27, 2018. The workshops included Peel residents and consumers, Business Improvement Areas, the Chambers of Commerce, Boards of Trade, Retail Council of Canada, large retailers, shopping centres, unions, organized labour groups and non-unionized retail workers.
The Province regulates retail holiday closures through the Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA). It now permits municipalities to establish their own approach to retail holiday openings. Because it enacted this new bylaw, the Region of Peel is exempt from the RBHA and Ontario Regulation 711/91. Businesses must still adhere to the regulations in the Employment Standards Act.
By-law and Regional Council Direction
If you would like further information on the by-law, please contact Region of Peel Planning
Revised: Thursday August 02 2018