. New Year's Day
. Family Day
. Good Friday
. Easter Sunday
. Victoria Day
. Canada Day
. Labour Day
. Thanksgiving Day
. Christmas Day
Boxing Day and the Civic Holiday in August are not public holidays under this Act and therefore an exemption is not required for those days.
Council may permit businesses to be open on holidays if the tourism criteria are met
The Act provides that Council may permit retail business establishments to open on holidays for the maintenance or development of tourism. A by-law may be passed only if there is compliance with the tourism criteria set out in Ontario Regulation 711/91 Tourism Criteria (the "Regulation") under the Act. In addition, even if the tourism criteria are met, Council is not required to pass the by-law and may exercise its discretion to refuse the application.
Section 2 of the Regulation provides that a business can be exempted if:
. It is located within two (2) kilometers of a tourist attraction; and
. It is directly associated with the tourism attraction or relies on tourists visiting the attraction for business on a holiday
For the purposes of Section 2, a tourist attraction is limited to:
. Natural attractions or outdoor recreational attractions;
. Historical attractions; and
. Cultural, multi-cultural or educational attractions
Attached are the Municipality's Procedure and Application form for businesses to use if they would like to be considered for an exemption to the Act.