Extended Sunday shopping hours could start in August 0
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JULY 05, 2012 06:49 PM CDT
Manitobans could start to enjoy longer Sunday shopping hours as early as August.
Changes to Manitoba's Retail Businesses Holiday Closing Act come into effect August 1, the provincial government announced Thursday, but municipalities must pass bylaws if they want to extend Sunday hours.
Morden is prepared to follow the province's lead on Sunday shopping after town council gave first reading recently to the new Sunday shopping bylaw that will keep Morden in step with new provincial regulations coming into effect.
Council will give the bylaw second and final reading after the new provincial regulations officially take effect.
The changes give municipalities the ability to extend opening hours by an additional three hours in the morning on Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The expanded hours also apply to the Thanksgiving, Louis Riel and Victoria Day statutory holidays,
The changes to the act also authorize employment standards officers to order an employer to compensate or reinstate an employee penalized for refusing to work on a Sunday.
"These changes are in response to the desire of 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," Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard said in a media release.
"We have listened to what Manitobans have asked for and made practical changes."
Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz said the city should be ready to allow the expanded shopping hours in time for the provincial change.
"I believe that's something the council would be supportive of. Sunday shopping's been talked about for such a long time," he said. "In the end, it's the citizens that ultimately make the decision. If the people are shopping, the stores will stay open."
A motion to amend a city bylaw to allow the expanded shopping hours will come before the city's executive policy committee on Wednesday. That motion is expected to reach full city council at its July 18 meeting.
More information on the legislation is available at www.manitoba.ca/labour/standards.