MONTREAL - Bigger isn't always better when it comes to shopping.

According to provincial law, supermarkets and other stores of sized 375 square metres and more are required to remain closed on Monday on Labour Day.

Most offices will also stay shut, including financial institutions, and government offices.

Some municipal services will be offered. Garbage pickup and other roadside pickups vary according to municipality and borough, best check their websites (see below). In the case of the City of Montreal, residents can dial 311 to ask about services as the phone line service remains open for the day.

Schedules will also vary for a variety of other municipal leisure services: pools, arenas and other recreational activities will be governed by schedules hopefully published on the city websites.

It will be possible to purchase alcohol at express and classic outlets, (unless they're in a mall, which might be closed for the day). The other types of provincially-run alcohol outlets are closed.

Public markets will be open and so too will such leisure spots as the Biodome and Botanical gardens and certain museums.

Buses will run on the holiday schedule in Montreal, Longueuil and Laval.

People parking at parking meters are expected to pay the meter, or suffer ticket written up by police officers who take over such duties from the usual dedicated ticket patrols on holidays.

There's no mail on Labour Day but some Canada Post outlets in such places as pharmacies will be open.

Click on your corresponding municipality for more specific information concerning municipal services offered on Labour Day: Baie-d'Urfé, Beaconsfield, Côte Saint-Luc, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Dorval, Hampstead, Kirkland, Laval, Longueuil, Montreal, Montreal-East, Montreal West, Town of Mount Royal, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Senneville, Westmount.

According to provincial law, any commerce of 375 metres and up must remain closed on Labout Day, although many are exempt from the rule, including book stores, flower shops, antique shops, gas stations, restaurants, offices and factories.

A retail establishment of a lesser size can be open if it has four employees or less.

A retailer that opens up outside of legal hours can face a fine of $1,500 and a shopping centre that hosts such an establishment can face the same fine. 

With a file from The Canadian Press