Shopping bags

Effective Jan 1, 2022, there is a ban on plastic shopping bags and minimum fees on paper and reusable shopping bags. Businesses keep the fees from paper and new reusable bags.

Under License By-Law No. 4450 (section 15.9), the minimum fees will increase to $0.25 for paper bags and $2 for new reusable bags, starting January 1, 2023.

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.

 COVID-19: Under BC Centre for Disease Control guidelines vendors can provide and accept reusable shopping bags during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Get a single-use item by-law toolkit

Educational toolkits are available for businesses, charities, and not-for-profits to inform staff and customers of the by-law requirements.

Bags for people in need

We're working with local non-profits and social enterprises to provide free reusable shopping bags to residents in need.

Get details on our plan

Complying with the by-law

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