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June 26, 2007
Retail closings fall on July 2 for Canada Day
This year, Toronto retail operators can keep their doors open on Sunday, July 1 on Canada Day, but will be required to close on Monday, July 2 in accordance with the federal Holidays Retail Act.

When July 1 is a Sunday, the Act requires that Canada Day store closures be observed the following day. For the purposes of the Act, this year holiday shopping regulations will apply on Monday July 2, and retail operators can only be open on that day if they are exempt under the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 510, Holiday Shopping.

Toronto retail operators that are permitted to operate on Monday, July 2, include:
- Small stores selling food, tobacco, antiques, handicrafts, fresh fruit and vegetables, books, magazines and newspapers
- Small pharmacies and art galleries
- Gas stations, nurseries, bars and restaurants, laundromats, and certain businesses catering to recreational activities.

Toronto retail operators are also permitted to operate on Monday, July 2 if they are located in:
- the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area
- the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area
- Queens Quay West
- the Distillery Historic District.

For more information about the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 510, Holiday Shopping, including details and conditions, visit

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Media contact:
Judy Morgan, Director, City of Toronto Tourism, 416-395-0410



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