Manitoba Begins Review of Sunday Shopping Restrictions

The Manitoba government has started its review of Sunday shopping legislation in the province, as outlined in the 2012 budget released earlier this week.

Labour Minister Jennifer Howard said in a release on Friday that the balance between making shopping less restrictive for shoppers on Sundays, as well as creating a balance of family time will be considered.

“Other provinces have made changes to their legislation and now Manitoba’s Sunday shopping rules are more restrictive than most other parts of the country,” Howard said.

The Labour Management Review Committee (LMRC) will review the Sunday shopping hours, which currently restrict employers operating with more than four employees to do business between 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Shopping restrictions on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Labour Day, Canada Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and New Years will remain the same.

The public can share their opinions on the issue by visiting Manitoba.ca/labour/standards or sending comments by mail to Sunday Shopping Review, 604-401 York Ave., Winnipeg Manitoba, R3C 0P8. Comments should be received by May 11.

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