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December 3, 2008
Family Day joins list of designated holidays on which Toronto stores must close
City Council yesterday passed a Notice of Motion moved by Councillor Case Ootes (Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth), and seconded by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8, York West) that amends Municipal Chapter 510 and Bylaw 153-95 to add Family Day to the definition of "holiday," and add Family Day to the holidays on which stores must close - unless they are located in areas with Tourist Area Exemption. Family Day is held annually on the third Monday of February. In 2009 Family Day falls on Monday, February 16.

Tourist Area Exemption areas in Toronto include: Queen’s Quay Terminal; Toronto Eaton Centre and the Hudson’s Bay Company store at Yonge and Queen Streets; Downtown Yonge Street Business Improvement Area; Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area; and the Distillery Historic District.

In addition to Family Day, other designated holidays on which Toronto stores are required to close include New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Stores are required to close on Family Day throughout the remainder of the Province of Ontario by the Retail Business Holidays Act (R.S.O. 1990, c.R.30).

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