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Public holidays, statutory holidays and retail business holidays

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Record #: BTN4776 Last Full Update: 09 Jan 2014
Notices
Comments for the PublicNote: Many employees in sectors such as banks, interprovincial transportation, communications, and some natural resources, First Nations and federal government operations are governed by federal legislation, rather than Ontario's Employment Standards Act * paid holidays for these employees are covered in Part III of the Canada Labour Code
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Wheelchair AccessibilityUnknown or Not Applicable
Websitewww.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/publicholidays.php
Service Details
Areas ServedOntario
DescriptionOntario Paid Public Holidays: 
Under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, most employees in Ontario who qualify are entitled to take public holidays off with public holiday pay, and those who work on these holidays are entitled to additional pay or a substitute holiday with public holiday pay * some employees work in jobs that are exempt, or to which special rules apply * for details see links in record for Ontario Ministry of Labour
 
* New Year's Day (Jan 1) 
* Family Day (3rd Monday in February) 
* Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday) 
* Victoria Day (last Monday before or on May 24) 
* Canada Day (July 1; if July 1 is a Sunday, the legal holiday is July 2) 
* Labour Day (1st Monday in September) 
* Thanksgiving Day (2nd Monday in October) 
* Christmas Day (December 25) 
* Boxing Day (December 26) 
 
Ontario law does NOT mandate the following as paid public holidays:  
* Easter Sunday  
* Easter Monday  
* Civic Holiday (1st Monday in August)  
* Remembrance Day (November 11) 
 
Retail business holidays: 
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services administers the Retail Business Holidays Act, which requires retail businesses to which it applies to close on nine specified days each year: 
 
* New Year's Day (Jan. 1)  
* Family Day (3rd Monday in February)  
* Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)  
* Easter Sunday  
* Victoria Day (last Monday before or on May 24) 
* Canada Day (July 1) 
* Labour Day (1st Monday in September) 
* Thanksgiving Day (2nd Monday in October)  
* Christmas Day (December 25) 
 
Act does not apply to retail businesses in the City of Toronto and tourist areas established by specific municipal by-laws, and to some other businesses, including flower shops * gardening centres * gas stations * stores that sell handicrafts, book or magazine stores and pharmacies under a certain size * for more information see Ministry of Government and Consumer Services webpage
LanguagesEnglish
Service Level(99) Unknown / No Service
Indexing
Service CategoriesLabour Standards and Practices