Retail Business Holiday Act Questionnaire

The City of Ottawa is conducting a questionnaire to gather feedback from retail businesses on if they would support an exemption to the Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA) in 2017 for Canada’s 150th Birthday.

The RBHA is provincial legislation which prohibits retail businesses in Ontario from conducting business or admitting the public on certain prescribed holidays. An exemption would allow all retail businesses in Ottawa to open on six statutory holidays, with the exception of Christmas, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

I have coordinated with Committee representatives and together we have identified three retail pockets in Stittsville that are not covered by a Business Improvement Area (BIA). These areas are located at Smartcentres (Fernbank), Grant Crossing-Riocan, and Stittsville Main Street.

Participation in this questionnaire is voluntary, and all responses will be kept confidential. The questionnaire should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

To take part in this questionnaire, please click on the following link: 

The questionnaire will be available online until Friday, June 17th, 2016. If you have any questions about this exercise or require assistance in completing the questionnaire, please email or phone 613-580-2424 ext 25278.