Canada Day is a statutory holiday in all provinces and territories.

The following is a brief overview of retail business regulations from across the country, as related to Canada Day.  More information on retail closing days can be found on the RCC website at: http://www.retailcouncil.org/quickfacts/storehours

Since there are exceptions to Canada Day retail hours, based on jurisdiction and type of retail store,RCC members are encouraged to check with their local municipality or provincial/territorial government if they have specific questions.

Please note: In provinces where there are no regulations related to Canada Day retail hours (see below), there may still be rules in a retailer’s shopping mall lease agreement pertaining to retail opening hours on that day.

Atlantic Canada:

In New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Nova Scotia, Canada Day is a retail closing day for most retailers.

In Prince Edward Island, retailers are allowed to open on Canada Day as long as they pay their employees according to the law.

Quebec:

In Quebec, Canada Day is a retail closing day for most retailers (except grocers).

Please note: Quebec will also have a statutory holiday on June 24 for Saint-Jean- Baptiste Day. Saint-Jean Baptiste-Day is a retail closing day for most retailers.

Ontario:

Canada Day is July 1, unless July 1 falls on a Sunday, in which case the public holiday is July 2 by virtue of the federal Holidays Act, RSC 1985, c H-5 (see subsection 88(4) of the Legislation Act, 2006, SO 2006, c 21, Sch F).

In Ontario, many retailers will be closed on Canada Day; however, there are exceptions based on municipal jurisdiction which can be viewed on RCC’s website at: http://www.retailcouncil.org/quickfacts/storehours.

Manitoba:

In Manitoba, Canada Day is a retail closing day for most retailers.

British Columbia / Alberta / Saskatchewan: 

In British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, retailers are allowed to open on Canada Day as long as they pay their employees according to the law.

Territories:

In the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon, retailers are allowed to open on Canada Day as long as they pay their employees according to the law.

Please note:the Northwest Territories will also have a statutory holiday on June 21 for National Aboriginal Day. Retailers are allowed to open on National Aboriginal Day as long as they pay their employees according to the law.

Again, more information on retail closing days can be found on the RCC website at: http://www.retailcouncil.org/quickfacts/storehours