Regulating Retail Business Holiday Shopping

Earlier this year, Regional staff consulted with the public, local retail workers and businesses to develop a “made-in-Peel” approach to regulate retail holiday shopping. Staff conducted surveys and workshops in January and February, and will bring a report with recommendations for regulating retail shopping on statutory holidays to Regional Council on June 14, 2018.


Retail holiday closures are currently based on the Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA). This is Provincial legislation that was established to provide common closings on the following statutory holidays: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The Province now permits municipalities to establish their own approach to retail holiday openings. Peel’s recent policy review and consultation considered important changes to the way that it regulates shopping activities on these holidays.

Additional Information:

Provincial legislation



If you have any questions, or would like to be updated on the project, please contact Region of Peel Planning

Revised: Thursday June 14 2018

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