News release

Regulations Updated Regarding Canada Day Holiday

Updates to regulations make it clear when stores will be required to close and when workers are eligible to receive holiday pay for Canada Day.

“We understand there was some confusion around when stores should close when Canada Day falls on a Sunday,” said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “The changes to regulations clarify that retail stores required to close, will do so on the Sunday, July 1, and the holiday pay rules will apply on that day.”

Previously, stores were required to close and holiday pay rules applied on the Monday, July 2.

“I raised this concern with government and am pleased they understood our concern and made changes to the regulations,” said Jim Cormier, Atlantic director for Retail Council of Canada. “Retail businesses will now close their doors and join with Nova Scotians celebrating Canada Day on July 1. The province’s retailers will be open for business on July 2 when Nova Scotians are more likely to shop in their stores.”

For more information on the changes, please go to, https://novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights/canadaday.asp .

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Updates to regulations make it clear when stores will be required to close and when workers are eligible to receive holiday pay for Canada Day.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis says there was confusion around when stores should close when Canada Day fell on a Sunday.

The regulation changes require retail stores to close on Sunday, July 1st. And holiday pay will also apply on that day.

Previously, stores were required to close and holiday pay rules applied on the Monday, July 2nd.

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