On November 11, Canadians across the nation will observe Remembrance Day.
This year will look different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with ceremonies taking place online instead of in person.
Remembrance Day is not a statutory holiday in Ontario, but some businesses and government offices will still be closed on Wednesday.
In Toronto, City operations along with all municipal offices will be closed, while certain attractions and stores will be open.
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To help you plan your day, here’s a list of what’s open and what’s closed in Toronto according to the city.
What’s Open on Remembrance Day:
- Schools and universities that have in-person classes
- Toronto Public Library branches. More info here.
- Most grocery stores
- City services that regularly operate 24 hours a day/seven days a week (emergency services and 311)
- LCBO stores will open at noon.
- Most major shopping centres
- The TTC and GO Transit will be operating on a regular weekday schedule. However, the TTC will have a two-minute moment of silence on all vehicles at 11 am. Additionally, current and former members of Canada’s military are also permitted to ride for free on Remembrance Day. More info here.
- With the exception of those closed due to the pandemic, like the CN Tower, tourist attractions will remain open.
- The Royal Ontario Museum is offering free admission to Canadian Military personnel and Veterans from November 7 to 15.
What’s Closed on Remembrance Day:
- Banks will be closed
- Government offices will be closed
- There will be no mail delivery by Canada Post on Monday
The following closures will be in place from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11:
- Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Richmond Street West
- Queen Street West between Yonge Street and University Avenue
- York Street will remain open
Old City Hall Service:
Note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Remembrance Day Service at Old City Hall will not be open to the public.