Canadian Packaging

Plastic bag fees hit Canada’s north

25 cents per bag under new territory-wide law


February 15, 2011
by PIC staff

YELLOWKNIFE—The Northwest Territories has joined the growing number of Canadian regions to implement plastic bag bans or fees.

Under the new regulations, retailers in the territories must charge 25 cents for non-reusable plastic and paper bags.

The fee excludes bags used inside stores for unpackaged bulk items such as produce, bakery items, candy and small hardware items. It doesn’t apply to bags used for dry cleaning, prescriptions or primary packaging of prepared food.

Similar laws have passed elsewhere in Canada, most recently in Fort McMurray, Alta., where plastic bags were outlawed last fall.

Leaf Rapids, in Manitoba, was the first Canadian municipality to ban single-use plastic bags in 2007. The city of Toronto also introduced a by-law in 2009 requiring retailers to charge a five-cent fee for the bags.