Shops in the Glebe are now allowed to open on an additional six statutory holidays.
Shops in the Glebe will now be able to open on an additional six statutory holidays, including this Thanksgiving, after the Ontario Municipal Board ruled in favor of the Glebe BIA’s application for an exemption to the Retail Business Holidays Act.
The ruling came down Thursday and goes into effect immediately, allowing Glebe store owners to choose for themselves whether opening on a holiday make sense for their individual business.
“We couldn’t be happier that our members can now choose for themselves whether opening on a holiday is beneficial to their operations, or not,” says Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck. “Not one business is obligated to open on any or all of exempted dates, and we fully respect the choices of individual businesses, but this exemption now gives them that choice.”
The six statutory holidays include Thanksgiving Day, Family Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and New Year’s Day. The first stat holiday in the Glebe will be Thanksgiving Day on October 10, which will give families and friends more to do, while allowing small businesses to take advantage of increased traffic in the area. It’s important to note that no business is obligated to open their doors.
Compact Music owner Ian Boyd says he will certainly open the doors of his record shop on Bank Street on holidays, as it’s an added day of sales for a small business.
“We will definitely be open on Thanksgiving, the doors will be open,” says Boyd, adding that he expects to be busy with the added traffic in the neighbourhood.
“Any opportunity to make sales is a benefit to business. I think we will see a trickle down effect from people at Lansdowne and in the area.”
With so many major events happening in the area – Ottawa RedBlacks Games, concerts, community days, board game tournaments and the many attractions, landmarks and vibrant mix of shops, services and restaurants – The Glebe is perfectly aligned to attract a tourist audience.
“This exemption will allow the Glebe to further contribute to the development of tourism in Ottawa, especially as we rapidly approach celebrations for Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017,” adds Peck.
The Glebe BIA consulted widely with both its membership and the surrounding community and received overwhelming support to pursue this application. The Glebe BIA has started preparing a comprehensive information package for its members, which includes material for employees that outlines their rights under Employment Standards Act with respect to working on a holiday.
So what are you doing for Thanksgiving? Head to the Glebe and make a day of it.