Labour Day 2023: Waterloo Region Adjusts Services, Reveals Holiday Schedules


As the long-awaited Labour Day weekend dawns upon us, several daily life utilities and recreational centres in the Waterloo region and its vicinity will alter their regular service schedules to honour the holiday. To be commemorated on Monday, the 4th of September, 2023, the changes in customary operations include both closures and altered working hours.

The majority of grocery stores have announced a full-day closure on the holiday. To ascertain the changes, individuals are advised to contact their local facilities for precise working hours. Health and wellness chains such as Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall have promised to remain operational at specific locations. Patrons of Beer Store and Wine Rack too can enjoy uninterrupted service at selected sites. However, all LCBO locations will observe the holiday with a closure.

The Region of Waterloo announces a set of nuanced changes to its operations. The Grand River Transit will operate under a holiday service schedule. Meanwhile, all museums and the international airport within the region pledge to keep their doors open to public on the holiday. Solid waste management will not be hindered either, with garbage, recycling and green bin collection sticking to a regular pick-up routine. However, Waterloo’s waste sites in Cambridge will not function and all libraries in the region will stay closed.

Kitchener city readies itself for the holiday with distinct changes. Splashpads, pools, and golf courses at Doon Valley and Rockway will operate as usual, providing relaxation options to residents and visitors. However, outdoor pools in the city plan to mark the end of the season after Labour Day Monday. All city libraries and community centres will stay closed both on Sunday preceding the holiday and on the holiday itself.

In Waterloo, a number of community centres and sports complexes including the Albert McCormick Community Centre, RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex & Healthy Living Centre, and Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex Swimplex will stay closed on Monday.

Meanwhile, in Cambridge, many arenas, community centres and facilities such as the Galt Arena, the Idea Exchange, and the John Dolson Centre will lock their doors on Labour Day, though they will continue to operate throughout the rest of the weekend.

Lastly, Guelph, while keeping all museums, libraries, and recreation and community centres closed on Monday, will ensure all splash pads and wading pools stay open for public enjoyment. Northview Park being the sole exception. Rest assured, regular waste collection will continue to function efficiently.


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