Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
November 1, 2018

Public Advisory: 2019 Shops 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 2019 calendar year:


Date of Observance

New Year’s Day*

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Good Friday*

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Victoria Day

Monday, May 20, 2019

Memorial/Canada Day*

Monday, July 1, 2019

Labour Day*

Monday, September 2, 2019

Thanksgiving Day

Monday, October 14, 2019

Remembrance Day*

Monday, November 11, 2019

Christmas Day*

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Boxing Day

Thursday, December 26, 2019

*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
Ryan Crocker
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
709-729-1795, 725-9595

2018 11 01                              4:00 p.m.