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December 22, 2011
Surveying the public's interest to shop or not to shop on retail holidays
To shop, or not to shop? That is the question the City of Toronto is asking the public in a new online survey at

The survey is part of the City's public consultations concerning revisions to its holiday shopping bylaw, which limits retail shopping on certain holidays. Retail holidays include New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

“By posting the survey online, we are making it easier for Torontonians to give us their views on this issue,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee. “By making participation easier and more far-reaching, we are extending public consultation far beyond what is possible by only holding public meetings.”

The survey, which will remain online until the end of March 2012, is open to individual residents, labour or faith-based groups and business organizations. Results will be added to the City's overall consultations, which will be presented to the Economic Development Committee prior to review by City Council. Information on the bylaw's history and the consultation process are also found on the holiday shopping web page.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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.

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