Toronto city council wants to hear from residents about potential changes that would affect when retail stores are allowed to stay open on holidays, including Christmas Day.
In an online form, the city is asking residents if they would like malls or neighbourhoods added to the city's current list of five tourist areas where stores are allowed to stay open during the nine designated retail holidays:
- New Year's Day.
- Family Day.
- Good Friday.
- Easter Sunday.
- Victoria Day.
- Canada Day.
- Labour Day.
- Thanksgiving Day.
- Christmas Day.
Currently, five areas are designated "tourists areas" and are legally allowed to stay open on retail holidays. These include:
- Queen's Quay West.
- Toronto Eaton Centre and the Hudson's Bay Company.
- Downtown Yonge Street Business Improvement Area.
- Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area.
- Distillery Historic District.
The survey will be posted on the city's website for the next few months and the economic development committee will present the results to city council in the spring.