More Time to Shop on Sundays in Manitoba

After a consultation process was launched just over a month ago, the Manitoba government has come up with amendments to Sunday shopping hours in the province.

Legislation was introduced Wednesday that would allow for more flexibility when it comes to when Manitobans can shop on the last day of the week.

“We are responding to consumers and businesses to find ways to make Sunday shopping in Manitoba less restrictive while respecting that some employees may prefer not to work expanded hours,” said Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard. “We have studied what other provinces have done and plan to bring in practical changes.”

The proposed Sunday shopping changes would see businesses able to open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and apply to Louis Riel Day, Victoria Day and Thanksgiving Day. Currently, stores are permitted to only open after 12 p.m. on Sundays.

The legislation would also allow workers to refuse to work on Sundays as long as they give their employer 14 days notice.

The changes could come into effect by the fall.