RCC Director of Government Relations (B.C.) Greg Wilson told BIV that multiple municipal laws create unexpected complexity.
“The Vancouver and Victoria bylaws are very interesting, because you actually need different paper bags if you’re operating a store in Vancouver and a store in Victoria.”
Wilson added that the two cities’ bylaws stipulate that different sets of words must be printed on paper checkout bags, even though the bag’s material composition can be the same.
So far, he has not heard of any penalties for not having the legally required wording on the bags.
“What are they going to do?” he asked. “Fine you for using words that are slightly different?”