What’s Open and Closed New Year’s Day Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax and Clarington


Published December 28, 2022 at 3:12 pm

Another year gone and another year further away from a pandemic that has been front and centre in all our lives for nearly three years. Is it time to celebrate? That’s up to you but here’s what’s open and closed in Durham Region on Jan. 1, 2023.

New years day falls on a Sunday in 2023 and there will be a few places open but not many more than on Christmas Day.


  • Most convenience stores
  • Some Shopper’s Drug Mart (best to call ahead to be sure)
  • Select Starbucks coffee houses (with reduced hours). Most Tim Horton’s stores will be open, but call ahead for opening hours
  • Some restaurants will be open. Chinese food restaurants, in particular, are traditionally open on the Christmas and New Year’s holidays
  • Most breweries will be closed on Jan. 1
  • Some cannabis stores will be open. Call ahead to be sure
  • Some ski resorts will be open, including Ski Lakeridge and Dagmar
  • Movie theatres will be open
  • Most tourist attractions will be open on New Year’s Day


  • Malls, though restaurants with street-facing entrances might be open (call ahead to be sure)
  • Most major grocery stores
  • Banks
  • Government offices and buildings, including town and city halls
  • Community centres
  • Libraries
  • Canada Post (no mail pick-up or delivery)
  • LCBOs
  • Beer Stores
  • Many COVID-19 clinics, doctors offices, walk-in clinics and pharmacies will be closed or operate on reduced holiday hours. For a detailed look into holiday hours of COVID-19 assessment clinics, medical clinics, pharmacies and other health-care resources in your local area, check the interactive map on holidayhours.ca


DRT Pulse buses will be running on a holiday schedule
GO Transit will run on a Sunday schedule


As New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday, garbage, blue box and recycling schedules will not be affected

Transfer stations will be closed. The stations, used for large drop-offs, will be closed for most of the holidays, including December 24-28 and January 1-2.


  • The second day of the year is not an official holiday, but since New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, it will be a ‘lieu’ day for many workers. Most city services will remain open – some on a modified schedule – and most retail businesses will be open. Banks and government offices will be closed.
  • GO Transit will run on a Sunday schedule
  • Canada Post will be closed (no mail pick-up or delivery)
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