Today marks the first time Canada will recognize the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday. However, in Ontario, it is not considering September 30 a statutory holiday but there are still some business closures to be aware of. Any federally regulated company that works under the Canada Labour Code will have to pay workers holiday wages for National Truth and Reconciliation Day.
Any federal public service worker in the province will receive September 30 as a day off work. There is a full list of who gets the day off in Ontario by clicking here. Many businesses will remain operational, malls in the GTA will be open Thursday with reduced hours. The Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Eaton Centre, Scarborough Town Centre, Vaughn Mills and Fairview Mall will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The LCBO will be open with modified hours as well as libraries. The CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, and other tourist attractions will be open. Schools in Ontario along with most grocery stores will remain open. Banks and the Canada Post will be closed today as they are federally regulated companies.
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