Approved Vacation Business Openings in Leeds and the Thousand Islands
LANSDOWNE – Council for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands has given final approval to allow businesses to be open on statutory holidays except Christmas Day.
Council approved two regulations on Monday evening (June 14) to close all businesses on Christmas Day and recognize that the Retail Business Holidays Act does not apply to the township.
The Christmas Day closure allows the municipality to override Ontario’s Retail Business Holidays Act, but it still does not apply to stores or services authorized to open on a public holiday due to exemption under the law.
The move follows a public meeting earlier this month after a request from the Rockport Lighthouse Country Store and RV Park to allow vacation openings.
The law only takes effect 30 days before the appeal deadline expires, meaning that the first public holiday on which businesses could be open is Civic Day (Monday August 2).
Today, the likelihood of someone appealing to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is almost zero.
No one spoke and the municipality says it received no comments during the public meeting or the investigation period. Members of the public were required to participate in the public comment period in order to appeal to the LPAT, which would now only be permitted in exceptional circumstances.