Stat Holiday Closures, Clean Sweep & Members in the News

Save the Date for CLEAN SWEEP!

Clean sweep returns this year on Saturday May 15th!  This fun, community event is a great photo-op and the perfect day to spruce up your entryway and show some Orangeville pride! Brooms will be provided to everyone who registers in advance, stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Statutory Holiday Closures Reminder

In accordance with Ontario’s Retail Business Holidays Act, retail stores (with a few exceptions) are NOT permitted to open for business on Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

Saturday and Easter Monday are normal business days.

While the Town's Retail Business Holiday Exemption By-law permits retail businesses to be open on most statutory holidays for the purposes of developing tourism, it does not provide an exemption for Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas and New Year's Day.  If you open on these days, you could face a provincial fine.

 Businesses exempt from the Holiday Closures by-law include:

  • shops under 2,400 square feet and with three or fewer employees where the only goods available for sale on the holiday are in one or more of the following categories:
    • tobacco or articles required for the use of tobacco
    • antiques
    • handicrafts
    • books
  • nurseries
  • flower shops
  • gardening centres
  • gas stations

Please see the by-laws for more information, links below:

Stat Holiday By-Law 2011-025

Stat Holiday By-law 2013-067

Ontario Small Business Grant Update

Applications for the Ontario Small Business Grant and Main Street Relief Grant have now closed. You can check your application status here.

For those of you who have already qualified for the Ontario Small Business Relief grant, some great news was announced last week! Small businesses who have been determined as eligible recipients for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will automatically be entitled to a second payment in an amount equal to the first payment they received. You do not need to re-apply, this will automatically be sent to you. You can read the news release here.

If you have any questions, you may call Ontario Client Care at 416-325-6691 or Toll-free: 1-855-216-3090.

Members Making Headlines

Strength, resilience & creativity: How Foodservice Operators have Thrived in the Pandemic

You’ll recognize a few friendly faces in this article - congrats to Bluebird Café & Grill on being featured!  There is some great advice in here from restaurants who have successfully adopted a take-out model by experimenting, watching for trends, and looking to the future!

Orangeville Restaurants: A small Ontario town boasts a culinary scene with fine dining, great coffee shops and everything in between.

Elsewhere in the news, we were excited to see that so may of our downtown restaurants were featured in the Spring Edition of In the Hills Magazine!  Congrats to all, we truly have the best restaurants!

Have a great Easter Weekend everyone!  Hope you get some time to relax and unwind with your family.