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COVID-19 update: outreach and enforcement

October 22, 2020: Outreach and education will restart soon to help businesses, organizations, and non-profits comply with single-use item by-laws.

​​​​​​​Due to COVID-19, we're using discretion on when and where to enforce the single-use item by-laws:

  • Businesses are expected to comply or begin working to comply with the by-laws as soon as it is possible for them
  • Charitable food services may continue to distribute single-use items with food or meals during COVID-19, but are expected to begin working towards complying with the by-laws as soon as it is possible for them

Our priority continues to be responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring essential services continue uninterrupted.

Federal regulation of single-use items

The federal government is proposing to regulate single-use items .

We will continue to advocate for federal regulations that meet the highest standards and align with our by-laws.

If the federal government proceeds with its regulations, City Council may consider how these regulations affect its by-laws and change them. Until then, Vancouver business license holders are required to comply with the City’s single-use item by-laws.

This by-law is specific to shopping bags used by customers to transport items purchased or received from a business, customarily provided at the point of sale.

Effective Jan 1, 2021, there is a ban on plastic shopping bags and required fees on paper and reusable shopping bags. 

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