Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs
November 13, 2015

The following is being distributed at the request of the Labour Relations Agency:

Public Advisory: 2016 Shop Closing Holidays

The public is advised that under authority of the Shops Closing Act, the following days are to be observed as holidays during the 2016 calendar year:

Holiday Date of Observance
New Year's Day* Friday, January 1, 2016
Good Friday* Friday, March 25, 2016
Easter Sunday Sunday, March 27, 2016
Victoria Day Monday, May 23, 2016
Memorial/Canada Day* Friday, July 1, 2016
Labour Day* Monday, September 5, 2016
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 10, 2016
Remembrance Day* Friday, November 11, 2016
Christmas Day* Sunday, December 25, 2016
Boxing Day Monday, December 26, 2016

*Paid Holidays

In addition, the Shops Closing Act sets the following for observance as holidays:

  • In the City of St. John’s, the day determined as Regatta Day;
  • In the Town of Harbour Grace, the day determined as Regatta Day; and
  • In any other municipality, the day fixed by the council as a civic holiday therein.

The Shops Closing Act requires that all shops, other than those defined as exempt shops, be closed on the above holidays.

For further information, please call 709-729-2742, toll-free 1-877-563-1063 or email

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Media contact:
Kevin Guest
Director of Communications
Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs
709-729-1983, 730-2320

2015 11 13                             11:10 a.m.