What’s open and closed in Kingston for Labour Day 2022

Photo by Artem Beliaikin.

Labour Day is often called the last long weekend of the summer. As kids head back to school, and fall starts to feel a little bit closer, Labour Day (usually) signals the return of schedules and routines.

Observed in Canada since the 1880s, Labour Day was officially declared a national holiday by Prime Minister John Thompson in 1894. Celebrated by unionized and non-unionized workers alike, the day used to include parades, picnics, and family outings.

This year the City of Kingston invites everyone to celebrate the city’s rich diversity through food, music, art, and culture. The Intercultural Arts Festival is a free, family-friendly event and will run from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, at Confederation Basin. According to the City, some of the festival attractions will include a fashion show, food vendors, performances, and workshops. “Try authentic flavours from around the world, learn something new in one of the cultural workshops, or watch one of the many extraordinary performances celebrating Canada’s pluralism,” the City stated in a press release.

Those heading downtown at any point this weekend should remember that new and returning students will be moving in around Queen’s University, Portsmouth Village, and the downtown core. Take note of the following road closures and restrictions, which are in effect as part of Queen’s University student move-in. The streets listed below will be one-way and closed to through traffic on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, from 7 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.:

  • Bader Lane – University Avenue to Albert Street – traffic will be one-way westbound
  • University Avenue – Union Street to Stuart Street – traffic will be one-way southbound
  • Albert Street – Union Street to King Street – traffic will be one-way southbound
  • Stuart Street – University Avenue to Albert Street – traffic will be one-way westbound
  • Collingwood Street – Queen’s Crescent to King Street – traffic will be one-way southbound

To help your long weekend run smoothly, however you’re celebrating, here’s our list of what will be open and closed on Labour Day, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022.

City of Kingston offices and services

  • All City administrative offices (including housing and social services and Provincial Offences on Montreal Street): Closed Monday.
  • Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed Monday. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage, or a water main break, call Utilities Kingston/Kingston Hydro’s 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. (Hydro One electricity customers in City west and east can call 1-800-434-1235. Enbridge Gas customers can call 1-877-969-0999.) Reminder for customers on time-of-use pricing: for electricity used on weekends and holidays prices are off-peak.
  • Garbage, green bin and recycling: No collection on Monday. Collection will be shifted one day for all residents. Sign-up at CityofKingston.ca/collection to receive collection reminders by phone, text or email.
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Kingston Transit: Buses run on a Sunday schedule on Monday.
  • Kingston Access Services: Operates with limited service Monday. Call 613-542-2512 for information.

Arts and recreation

  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Culligan Water Park: Open Monday.
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Library: All branches are closed Monday.
  • CaraCo Home Field and Arenas: Closed Monday.
  • INVISTA Centre: Closed Monday.
  • Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and Confederation Basin marinas: Open Monday.
  • Rideau Heights Community Centre & Library: Closed Monday.
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: Closed Monday. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at kingstongrand.ca.
  • Tett Centre: closed Monday.


Some shops and grocery stores will be closed or have reduced hours on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. Please check with individual locations for store hours. Here is what we know regarding closures:

  • The Cataraqui Centre will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Walmart will be open.
  • Costco will be closed.
  • The downtown Staples will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the west end location will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Both Loblaws locations will be open.
  • The No Frills locations on Division Street will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Bath Road location will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Metro locations on Gardiners Road and Bayridge Drive will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Barrie Street location is open usual hours.
  • All Food Basics locations will be closed.
  • Farm Boy will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Foodland location in Amherstview will be open on from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • FreshCo will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Van Wart’s Your Independent Grocer will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • All LCBO locations will be closed. 
  • All Beer Store locations will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., except the Dalton Avenue and Bath Road locations, which will be closed.
  • Most Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be open throughout the weekend for regular hours, but some may vary. Click here to search store hours in Kingston.
  • Many downtown Kingston businesses do open on holidays, but all keep their own hours. Call ahead to find out whether your favourite stores or restaurants are open. 

Banks and post offices

A majority of banks and post offices will be closed Monday. Call your branch ahead of time to find out.


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