Canada Day 2018 marks Canada’s 151st birthday! It is a national statutory holiday in all provinces. In Newfoundland/Labrador, it is also known as Memorial Day. There is always some question as to what is open and closed on Canada Day. Are stores open? Are restaurants open? Are the malls open? Laws regarding permitted hours of operation on Canada Day vary by province and sometimes by individual cities within a province. This year is especially confusing since Canada Day 2018 falls on a Sunday. Because of this, there will be an additional statutory holiday and closures on Monday, July 2. Here is a general guide:
In Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon, retailers are generally OPEN on Canada Day. In Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec, retailers are generally CLOSED on Canada Day.
These rules apply to all the large chain stores: Atlantic Superstore, Best Buy, Cabela’s, Canadian Tire, Costco, Dominion, Home Depot, HomeSense, Hudson’s Bay, Kent, Loblaws, Longo’s, Lowe’s, Metro, Real Canadian Superstore, RONA, Safeway, Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobeys, The Source, Staples, Walmart, etc. They also apply to most smaller retailers. Exceptions are made for designated tourist areas in Ontario and elsewhere. Restaurants, gas stations, and convenience stores selling essential items are generally OPEN on the July 1st holiday.
Speaking of Ontario, LCBO is OPEN on Canada Day, observing normal Sunday hours of operation at all locations. All LCBO stores will be closed on Monday, July 2. Canada Post offices nationwide will be CLOSED on July 2. There will be no mail delivery on July 2. Call your favorite stores, malls, and restaurants to confirm Canada Day hours of operation before heading out July 1-2. Have a great Long Weekend, Canada!