St. Sauveur approves single-use shopping bag bylaw - Retail Council of Canada
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St. Sauveur approves single-use shopping bag bylaw

As of April 22, 2019, a bylaw banning the distribution of certain types of shopping bags will take effect in the town of St.Sauveur. St. Sauveur is a resort town in the Laurentians with a sizeable outlet centre.

As per the adopted bylaw, St.Sauveur has banned the distribution of conventional polyethylene checkout bags, biodegradable bags, oxodegradable bags and paper bags, regardless of their thickness.

A reusable bag is defined as specifically designed to be reused and can be made of plastic or other material.


The bylaw still allows the distribution of wrapping/hygiene purpose bags used for packaging bulk items, fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, or fish. Bags used for door-to-door advertising, bags used in an industrial process or compostable bags are allowed as well.

As per the bylaw, a compostable bag must be made of starch molecules and be certified CAN/BNQ 0017-088 or showing the certification logo “Compostable”.

Next steps

The bylaw takes effect on April 22, 2019


If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Philippe Cantin, Senior Director, Sustainability Innovation and Circular Economy at or 514-316-8771