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September 13, 2011
Toronto's Economic Development Committee to consider consultations on holiday shopping
  
The City of Toronto will engage in public consultations with various stakeholder groups about the current holiday shopping bylaw, as directed by City Council in May 2010. The Economic Development Committee will consider a staff report and recommend options to Council at the committee's meeting tomorrow, September 14.

In May 2010, Council was presented with a report that recommended Toronto retail stores be open or closed on public holidays at the discretion of the owner and/or manager. Council referred the matter back to staff, directing staff to engage in consultations with retail owners and managers, business improvement areas (BIAs), shopping centres, community groups including multi-faith organizations, the Workers Action Centre, legal clinics, labour, the Retail Council of Canada, and City councillors.

On September 14, the Economic Development Committee will consider a report outlining options for the consultation process, which will begin this fall, with a report back to the committee as soon as practical. View the current report at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2011.ED7.8

The enactment of the City of Toronto Act in 2006 meant that the Ontario Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA), which regulates the operation of retail stores on public holidays, would no longer apply in the City of Toronto. Consequently, as a temporary measure, City Council adopted a bylaw (Chapter 510) to maintain the status quo until a review of holiday shopping practices in Toronto could be completed.

Chapter 510 of the Municipal Code stipulates that Toronto retail operations must be closed on public holidays except for retailers such as restaurants, gas stations, pharmacies, movie theatres and art galleries that fit certain criteria, including size and type of business.

Exemptions were also based on whether a store is within a designated tourist area. Currently there are five areas with that status in Toronto: Downtown Yonge BIA, Queen's Quay Terminal, Distillery District, Bloor Yorkville BIA, and the Eaton Centre along with the Hudson’s Bay Centre's Queen Street store.

Public holidays include New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday and Family Day.

View Council's 2010 decision at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2010.ED29.4.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
John Gosgnach
Communications Manager, City of Toronto
416-392-8386
jgosgna@toronto.ca

Ihor Wons
Executive Assistant to Councillor Michael Thompson, Chair, Economic Development Committee
416-397-9274
iwons@toronto.ca

 

 

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