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A grocery store is an establishment that principally offers for sale, at all times, only the following products or some of the following products: foodstuffs or alcoholic beverages to be consumed elsewhere than on the premises of the establishment.

A small-surface grocery store means a grocery store with a sales area of 375 m2 or less. A large-surface grocery store means a grocery store with a sales area of more than 375 m2 (4 000 square feet). The sales area of a grocery store corresponds to the total area reserved for:

  • sales;
  • sales-related services;
  • access by the public to products and services, including:
    • traffic areas;
    • food preparation areas when the person assigned to such areas also serves the customers;
    • spaces where payment is made.

Large-surface grocery store (sales area of more than 375 m2)

Operating days and hours of large-surface grocery stores
Specific opening schedule Unrestricted Restricted to not more than four people
January 1 Closed Closed
Easter Sunday Closed Closed
June 24 Closed Closed
Labour Day Closed Closed
December 24 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Midnight to 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to midnight
December 25 Closed Closed
December 26 from midnight to 1 p.m. Closed Closed
December 26 when it falls on a Saturday or a Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. 8 p.m. to midnight
December 26 when it falls on a weekday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. 9 p.m. to midnight
December 31 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Midnight to 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to midnight
Opening hours of large-surface grocery stores the rest of the year (including January 2 and July 1) 
Opening hours Unrestricted Restricted to not more than four people
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Midnight to 8 a.m.

9 p.m. to midnight
Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Midnight to 8 a.m.

8 p.m. to midnight

Penalties (grocery stores)

  • A minimum $1 500 fine for a first offence
  • A minimum $6 000 fine for the first repeat offence
  • A minimum $9 000 fine for each additional offence

When setting the amount of the fine, the court can consider the benefits and income derived from the establishment’s operation.

Small-surface grocery stores (375 m2 or less of sales area)

Operating days and hours of small-surface grocery stores 
Specific opening schedule Unrestricted Restricted to not more than four people
January 1 All day  
Easter Sunday All day  
June 24 All day  
Labour Day All day  
December 24 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Midnight to 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to midnight
December 25 All day  
December 26 when it falls on a Saturday or a Sunday Midnight to 8  p.m. 8 p.m. to midnight
December 26 when it falls on a weekday Midnight to 9 p.m. 9 p.m. to midnight
December 31 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Midnight to 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to midnight
Opening hours of small-surface grocery stores the rest of the year (including January 2 and July 1) 
Opening hours Unrestricted Restricted to not more than four people
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Midnight to 8 a.m.

9 p.m. to midnight
Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Midnight to 8 a.m.

8 p.m. to midnight

Penalties (grocery stores)

  • A minimum $1 500 fine for a first offence
  • A minimum $6 000 fine for the first repeat offence
  • A minimum $9 000 fine for each additional offence

When setting the amount of the fine, the court can consider the benefits and income derived from the establishment’s operation.

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Last update: May 18 2020

Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation

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