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October 4, 2012
Consultation opportunities on draft plastic bag ban bylaw
Today, Toronto City Council passed a motion that sets out consultation opportunities for the retail industry and deputation opportunities for the public on a new bylaw banning retailers from providing single-use plastic carry-out bags.

Today's motion (please see: was approved after an earlier motion to reopen Council's original decision to ban single-use plastic carry-out bags failed to get the required number of votes. (To view the original decision, please see:

Prior to enactment, members of the public will have the opportunity to make a deputation about the specifics of the new bylaw at the November 14 meeting of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. For information about the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee and the deputation process, please visit:

Today's decision also calls for City staff to conduct a consultation about the new bylaw with members of the retail industry, which will be planned for October. Details about the session will be available on the City's web site at

The findings of the consultation process and deputations will be brought forward to Council on November 27 and 28, at which time the draft bylaw would be considered for enactment. Council Decision EX 20.2 of June 6-8, 2012 calls for a ban to take effect on January 1, 2013.

In addition, Council Decision EX 20.2 called for the five-cent fee on plastic bags to be rescinded by July 1, 2012 which took effect through Council's enactment of a separate bylaw on June 6, 2012.

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