Montreal’s Bylaw prohibiting the distribution of certain shopping bags in retail stores will come into effect on January 1st 2018. Many municipalities of the Montreal Metropolitan Community have adopted similar bylaws. 

To facilitate your understanding of the various requirements, RCC has put together a summary of the municipal bylaws on shopping bags that are in effect in the province of Quebec or will be in the next few months.  You will find a list of municipalities, type of bags that are banned and entry into force dates here.

The Quebec government has indicated that it has no intention of imposing a province-wide regulation.  RCC continues to advocate that consumers should be able to choose. If municipalities decide to go ahead with a ban, RCC is asking that they harmonize their regulation with the Montreal bylaw in order to limit confusion amongst consumers and lessen administrative burden for retailers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Jean-Luc Benoît, Directeur, Relations gouvernementales (Québec) à [email protected] or at (514) 316-8913