Councillors to consider allowing stores to open on holidays
City staff members are recommending that stores in Toronto should be allowed to open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on four statutory holidays - Thanksgiving Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day and Labour Day.
Stores would remain closed on the other statutory holidays like Christmas Day and Family Day.
Right now, only tourist spots like the Eaton Centre can stay open on holidays, other retailers have to be closed nine days a year.
Councillors on the economic development committee will consider the matter at a meeting next Tuesday.
Councillor Shelley Carroll says she is against opening stores on statutory holidays because people need time off as a breather once in a while.
She says she hasn't been inundated with messages from her constituents saying stores should be open on holidays. She has, though, heard from some people who have said, "don't go there."
Councillor Paula Fletcher says she won't make up her mind on the matter until she hears the results of a report by the Subcommittee on Holiday Shopping, which is also expected to be presented next week.
The subcommittee spent months consulting with industry stakeholders and the public. That report has not yet been released.