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Sunday shopping open ... for consultation

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The province is opening up Sunday shopping hours consultations.

Extended shopping hours were announced as part of Tuesday's provincial budget, but it won't happen before extensive consultations, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced Friday.

"We want to consider the options for making Sunday shopping less restrictive but at the same time respect the importance of having time to be with family," she said. "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."

The current law actually requires that retail stores can't be open Sunday or on certain holidays, unless a municipal bylaw is passed to allow it - and then only from noon to 6 p.m.

SUBMITTING RECOMMENDATIONS

Businesses and labour representatives on the Labour Management Review Committee (LMRC) have been tasked with submitting recommendations to the province.

They'll consider whether Manitoba, like other provinces, should guarantee retail employees two consecutive days off. They'll also look at whether the existing right to refuse work on Sundays - if not hired to do so - would need to be extended under longer shopping hours.

But municipalities will have the final say.

Shopping restrictions on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Labour Day, Canada Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day will remain the same.

The province is accepting feedback online at www.manitoba.ca/labour/standards until May 9.


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