As directed by City Council on May 11, 2010, the City of Toronto is conducting public consultations regarding Holiday Shopping regulations. You are invited to present your views on Holiday Shopping regulations at any of the five consultation meetings taking place in Toronto.
Monday November 7, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre
Committee Room 2
399 The West Mall
Toronto, ON M9C 2Y2
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre
Committee Room 1
150 Borough Drive
Toronto, ON M1P 4N7
Wednesday November 23, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Toronto City Hall
2nd Floor, Committee Room 1
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
 Tuesday, November 29, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
East York Civic Centre
Council Chambers
850 Coxwell Avenue
Toronto, ON M4C 5R1
  Wednesday November 30, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
North York Civic Centre
Committee Room 2
5100 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
 Pre-registration is not required  
Holiday Shopping Overview:

The City of Toronto, Municipal Code Chapter 510, generally requires retail stores to be closed on the following designated retail holidays:

New Year's Day;

Family Day;

Good Friday;

Easter Sunday;

Victoria Day;

Canada Day;

Labour Day;

Thanksgiving Day; and

Christmas Day.

However, there are a wide variety of exemptions by type of retail business and geographic areas within the City of Toronto.

Holiday Shopping Public Consultation Purpose:

The purpose of these meetings is to clarify concerns, opportunities and common ground with BIA stakeholders.

Options to be considered include:

1)         Status quo. Maintain requirements for retail stores to close on Public Holidays with exemptions as currently permitted.

2)         Remove restrictions and permit stores to be open on Public Holidays at the discretion of the owner/manager.

3)         Identify specific geographic areas of the city to be exempted from Municipal Code Chapter 510.

4)         Amend Municipal Code, Chapter 510 to permit retail areas to apply to the City for exemption.

Additional consultations with other stakeholders will be conducted through this process.

For further information: www.toronto.ca/business  /  email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rob Berry, Manager, Economic Development and Culture

416-392-3387