Opening hours for retail businesses and commercial establishments in Quebec - 2021 end of year holiday period - CQCD

Opening hours for retail businesses and commercial establishments in Quebec – 2021 end of year holiday period

In order to help businesses comply with the Act respecting hours and days of admission to commercial establishments and the Regulation respecting periods of admission to commercial establishments, the Quebec Retail Council offers you a summary of the opening hours and days of admission to commercial establishments during the 2021 end of year holiday period.

Opening hours during the 2021 end of year holiday period

OPENING HOURS FOR COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS

Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24, 2021)

  • Before 8 a.m.: closed
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m .: unrestricted opening
  • After 5 p.m .: closed

Christmas (Saturday, December 25, 2021)

  • Closed

Boxing Day (Sunday December 26, 2021)

  • Before 10 a.m. : closed
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m .: unrestricted opening
  • After 5 p.m .: closed

New Years Eve (Friday December 31, 2021)

  • Before 8 a.m.: closed
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m .: unrestricted opening
  • After 5 p.m .: closed

New Year’s Day (Saturday January 1, 2022)

  • Closed

Day after New Year’s Day (Sunday January 2, 2022)

  • Open without restriction during normal business hours (Since 2008, the public can be admitted to a commercial establishment on January 2.)

Penalties for violation of the Hours of Operation Act

Commercial establishments that do not comply with the opening days and hours provided for by law are liable to fines of at least:

  • $ 1,500 for a first offense;
  • $ 3,000 for each recurrence.


In determining the amount of the fine, the court may take into account the benefits and income derived from the operation of the establishment.

OPENING HOURS FOR FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS AND SAQ

  • Supermarkets: Large-area food establishments (more than 375 m2 of sales area)
  • Small surface food establishments (375 m2 or less of sales area)

Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24, 2021)

Supermarkets

  • Open without restriction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Restriction of no more than four people operating:

  • from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • 5 p.m. to midnight

Small surface food establishments

  • Open without restriction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Restriction of no more than four people operating:

  • from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • 5 p.m. to midnight

Christmas (Saturday, December 25, 2021)

Supermarkets

  • Closed

Small surface food establishments

  • May open during normal business hours without restriction

Boxing Day (Sunday December 26, 2021)

Supermarkets

  • Closed from midnight to 10 a.m.
  • Open without restriction from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Restriction of no more than four people operating, from 8 p.m. to midnight

Small surface food establishments

  • Open without restriction from midnight to 8 p.m.
  • Restriction of no more than four people operating, from 8 p.m. to midnight

New Years Eve (Friday December 31, 2021)

Supermarkets

  • Open without restriction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Restriction of no more than four people operating:
  • from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • 5 p.m. to midnight

Small surface food establishments

  • Open without restriction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Restriction of no more than four people operating:
  • from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • 5 p.m. to midnight

New Year’s Day (Saturday January 1, 2022)

Supermarkets

  • Closed

Small surface food establishments

  • May open during normal business hours without restriction

Day after New Year’s Day (Sunday January 2, 2022)

Supermarkets

  • Open without restriction from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Restriction of no more than four people operating:
  • from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • 8 p.m. to midnight

Small surface food establishments

  • Open without restriction from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Restriction of no more than four people operating:
  • from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • 8 p.m. to midnight

Penalties for violation of the Hours of Operation Act

Food establishments that do not respect the opening days and hours provided for by law are liable to fines of at least:
• $ 1,500 for a first offense;
• $ 6,000 for the first recurrence;
• $ 9,000 for each additional offense.


In determining the amount of the fine, the court may take into account the benefits and income derived from the operation of the establishment.

OPENING HOURS FOR PHARMACIES

A pharmacy is a commercial establishment which, regardless of its size, mainly offers for sale products:
• pharmaceuticals;
• hygienic and sanitary;

Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24, 2021)

  • Open without restriction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Restriction of no more than four people who operate the commercial part:

  • from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • 5 p.m. to midnight

Christmas (Saturday, December 25, 2021)

  • Can open all day with a restriction of no more than four people who operate the commercial part.

Boxing Day (Sunday December 26, 2021)

  • Open without restriction from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Restriction of no more than four people who operate the commercial part:

  • from midnight to 1 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. to midnight

New Years Eve (Friday December 31, 2021)

  • Open without restriction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Restriction of no more than four people who operate the commercial part:

  • from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • 5 p.m. to midnight

New Year’s Day (Saturday January 1, 2022)

  • Can open all day with a restriction of no more than four people who operate the commercial part.

Day after New Year’s Day (Sunday January 2, 2022)

  • May open subject to normal business hours and restrictions.

Restriction of no more than four people

When the opening of pharmacies is restricted, only four employees providing the service of the commercial part can work. This then excludes:
• professionals governed by the Pharmacy Act (chapter P-10);
• people assigned exclusively to the preparation of medicines.

Penalties for violation of the Hours of Operation Act

Pharmacies that do not respect the opening days and hours provided for by law are liable to fines of at least:
• $ 1,500 for a first offense;
• $ 3,000 for each recurrence.
In determining the amount of the fine, the court may take into account the benefits and income derived from the operation of the establishment.