This will be the last holiday season where you’ll see plastic bags being used in stores.
Montreal’s plastic bag ban goes into effect on January 1, 2018.
In August 2016, the City of Montreal passed a bylaw that prevents Montreal stores from selling plastic bags.
The ban applies specifically to lightweight plastic bags (or those under 0.05mm thick), as well as oxo-degradable, oxo-fragmentable, oxo-biodegradable, and biodegradable bags.
The small plastic bags, such as those used to bag fresh produce or medications, will not be banned due to health and safety reasons.
Individuals who fail to abide by the law will be fined anywhere between $200 and $1000, while businesses will face a fine between $400 and $4000.