More details and regulations will be coming as government works through the details, but a private members' bill passed in June 2018 will mean the end of single-use plastic "check-out" bags as of July 1, 2019.
Paper bags and reusable bags will be the only option available in most circumstances. There will be exceptions for:
- Bulk food plastic bags for fruit, vegetables, nuts, candy or baked products.
- Bulk plastic hardware bags for nails, bolts or washers.
- Plastic bags for meat, poultry or fish and frozen foods.
- Bags used for potted plants or to wrap flowers.
- Packages for medical supplies or prescription drugs.
- Big plastic bags for things that won't fit in reusable bags like linens or bedding.
- The bags that protect vehicle tires between changeovers.
- Bags that cover clothing after dry cleaning.
In place of the plastic check-out bags, recyclable paper bags can still be provided at a cost to customers of no less than 15 cents or reusable bags at no less than $1.
We will be keeping small businesses in the loop as regulations are formulated and more details are announced.