Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw

Reducing single-use plastic bags

Esquimalt Council has given three readings to the Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw No.2953 which is now waiting for the outcome of the Provincial review of single use plastic regulation.  This site will be updated once the Province has given direction to municipalities on single use plastic regulation.

The bylaw would:

  • prohibit a business from selling or providing a customer with a plastic checkout bag (see exemptions);
  • require a business to charge for both paper and reusable checkout bags; and
  • require that a paper checkout bag contain at least 40% of post-consumer recycled paper content and that it also display the words “recyclable” and “made from 40% post-consumer recycled content” (or other applicable amount) on the outside of the bag.


Our frequently asked questions page addresses many common inquiries.

Feedback and next steps

Residents and businesses were invited to take our short survey to help guide how the bylaw is implemented and timelines. The results were used to inform council. 

The bylaw mirrors the bylaw passed by the City of Victoria in January of 2018 and the proposed bylaws in the District of Saanich and City of Colwood.