In New Brunswick, Victoria Day is not a paid Public Holiday But Stores Must Close
Argh! Why is this so damn complicated? Monday, Victoria Day, is not a public holiday as defined by the Employment Standards act (see .pdf fact sheet ) . Nor is boxing day. Folks lucky enough to work under federal jurisdiction (banks, telecommunications, rail), will get a paid day off. But if those folks want to shop on Victoria day, they are out of luck. The reason for that is quite simple: The Days of Rest Act . That act says that no person shall,on a prescribed day of rest,(a) carry on retail business, or (b) admit the public to any premises where a retail business is carried on. With the exception of garden centres, book stores and convenience stores, all stores will therefore be closed Monday. But here is the kicker: employees who have the day off won't get paid!
What kind of crazy province do I live in?
By the way, this is something I've never figured out. How come companies like Sitel operate under provincial legislation when 95% of their business is replacing banking and telecommunication workers?
Now to find out if I can shop in Nova Scotia or PEI Monday.
Home Depot has a nice chart of Victoria Day hours across the country. According to that chart, Victoria day should be renamed Ontario-New Brunswick-Newfoundland day. Although since New Brunswick retail workers don't get paid, perhaps Ontario-Newfoundland day would be more appropriate.
Future Shop concurs (what was I thinking reading legislation?).
May 18 - Victoria Day.
All Stores are closed in Ontario*, Newfoundland and New Brunswick.
All stores are open for regular store hours in Quebec.
Stores are open 12-6pm in Manitoba**, Nova Scotia, PEI and 10-6pm in BC, Alberta***, Saskatchewan.
* Except 12-5pm in Windsor, 10-6pm in Kinston, 12-5pm in Niagara, 11-7pm in Downtown Toronto. ** Except 9-6pm in Pembina. *** Except 9:30-6pm in Northland and 10-7pm in Grand Prairie.