In recognition of the significance of Remembrance Day in honouring Canadian Veterans, and those currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, the City of Ottawa’s Remembrance Day By-law (By-law No. 2008-355), requires most retail businesses to remain closed until 12:30 p.m. on November 11th each year. This by-law deals only with fixed, enclosed premises.
The exceptions to the closure requirements are:
- Food/grocery, tobacco, antique and handicraft stores with less than 2,400 square feet in total area used for serving/selling to the public
- Pharmacies with less than 7,500 square feet in total area used for serving/selling to the public. Therefore, pharmacies located inside larger stores must be closed until 12:30 p.m.
- Book/newspaper dealers which store is less than 2,400 square feet in total area used for serving/selling to the public
- Convenience stores (e.g. “corner” stores)
- Nurseries, gardening supply stores and florists
- Gasoline/fuel stations and businesses selling propane, diesel, natural gas and associated fuel products
- Businesses dealing in the rental of motor vehicles and boats
- Businesses dealing in the repair of motor vehicles and boats, which includes the portion of larger stores where vehicle repairs are being provided.
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