Regulating retail business holiday shopping in Peel
Most businesses in Peel must close on certain holidays with some exceptions.
The Region of Peel Retail Business Closings By-law (No. 34-2018):
- Regulates Peel Region retail business openings on holidays.
- Stipulates that most businesses must close on certain holidays during the year.
Council enacted the Peel Retail Business Closings By-law on June 14, 2018.
For additional information about this by-law, email Region of Peel Planning.
The by-law specifies that most Peel businesses must be closed on:
- New Year's Day
- Family Day
- Good Friday
- Easter Sunday
- Victoria Day
- Canada Day
- Labour Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
General exemption criteria
In Peel Region, these types of businesses can stay open on holidays:
- Establishments of less than 3,000 square feet that sell food, tobacco, antiques, or crafts
- Gas stations, nurseries, and book stores
- Art galleries and tourism establishments
- Retail businesses for education, recreation, and amusement
- Liquor-licensed establishments
For the full list of exempt businesses, refer to Section 4 of By-law No. 34-2018.
Retail businesses in identified tourism areas
A retail business that does not meet the general exemption criteria can stay open on holidays only if it’s located in a tourism area and identified within a local tourism strategy.
Local tourism strategies may also include additional criteria that need to be met for a business to stay open on holidays.
Businesses that were granted exemptions to open on holidays under the Provincial Retail Business Holidays Act have been grandfathered until further notice.
Council has asked Regional employees to report options to phase out the grandfathering stipulations.
Enforcement and fines
Any non-eligible business that stays open on a statutory holiday in violation of the by-law may be fined.
The minimum fine is $500 for each offence.
Fines can be issued to any owner, operator, or employee who:
- Conducts business on a holiday.
- Admits the public to a retail establishment on a holiday.
- Conducts or offer sales in a retail establishment on a holiday, or
- Does not cooperate with an Officer for inspections.
The maximum fine is $5,000 per person in accordance with Schedule A, Section 6, and Schedule B, Set Fines of By-law No. 34-2018.
By-law and Regional Council direction
- Region of Peel Retail Business Closing By-law 34-2018
- Regional Council Resolution from June 14, 2018, meeting
- Council Report – Follow-Up Report Regarding Exemptions Included in the Peel Retail Business Closings By-law (October 11, 2019)
- Council Report - Regulating Retail Business Holiday Shopping in the Region of Peel (June 14, 2018)
- Retail Business Holiday Consultation and Policy Review by UrbanMetrics for the Region of Peel (April 11, 2018)
- Council Report – Review of Applications Under the Retail Business Holidays Act - Supplemental Report Following Provincial Proclamation of Section 1.2 (June 8, 2017)
- Council Report – Review of Applications Under the Retail Business Holidays Act (November 24, 2016)
If you would like a copy of the reports, email us.