The region of Peel is looking for input from stakeholders in business and industry, including companies and shop assistants, when shopping during the holidays.
At the moment the law on the shop for business days of the province (RBHA) regulates the shopping on nine legal holidays – New Year's Day, Family Day, Easter Sunday, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Since the legislation was introduced, more and more exemptions have been granted by municipalities in Greater Toronto Area to encourage tourism and trade
In the region of Peel, Square One, T & T Supermarket and Yaun Ming Supermarket in Mississauga they have been granted permission to open on public holidays in addition to Bramalea City Center and Garden Foods in Bolton. .
In 2016, the provincial government offered municipalities the opportunity to exempt retail businesses from the RBHA by replacing the existing legislation with a new municipal regulation. that regulates the classification of retail stores and legal closures of public holidays.
In June 2017, the regional council gave the staff the green light to find a Peel approach for arranging holiday offers. The region hired urbanMetrics Inc. in Toronto to guide the process of consultation and public involvement.
Although Peel has no legal obligation to consult the public about holiday shopping, the June 2017 report to the Council says there was a lot of interest and varying opinions, based on the experience of the city of Toronto regarding holiday shopping.
People can provide input via an online survey www.surveymonkey.ca/r/PeelRBHA-Survey or by participating in public workshops.
In Mississauga, the workshop will be held on February 21, 19:00 to 21:00 at Mississauga Valley Community Center, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd.
The Caledon workshop will be held on February 26 from 6 PM to 8 PM. at Caledon Community Complex, 6215 Old Church Rd.