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December 18, 2012
No changes to Toronto's holiday shopping regulations
Changes were proposed earlier this year to Toronto's shopping regulations with regard to public holidays. City Council did not adopt any changes and the City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 510, Holiday Shopping, remains in force without any modifications.

The code, which regulates the types of retail establishments that can be open on public holidays and specifies the types of services that can be provided, generally requires (with exemptions noted below) retail businesses to be closed on nine public holidays. Those holidays are New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

There are a number of exemptions to the regulation, including:
• small retail businesses of less than 2,400 square feet (223 square metres), provided they are only selling a select list of items
• pharmacies offering the dispensing of prescription drugs and using less than 7,500 square feet (697 square metres) of space
• art galleries
• gas stations
• nurseries, and
• retail businesses licensed under the Liquor Licence Act.

In addition, retail stores larger than 2,400 square feet (223 square metres) and pharmacies larger than 7,500 square feet (697 square metres) are able to open on public holidays (also known as retail holidays) provided a section of the store/pharmacy is roped off to meet the maximum allowable size, and that the store/pharmacy only offers for sale the types of products outlined in the regulations.

A complete list of exemptions to the regulations is available in the Municipal Code, Chapter 510, Holiday Shopping, at

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