Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw

Reducing single-use plastic bags

On January 21, 2019, Esquimalt Mayor and Council gave first reading to the Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw No.2953 which, if approved,:

  • comes into effect on January 1, 2020;
  • prohibits a business from selling or providing a customer with a plastic checkout bag (see exemptions);
  • requires a business to charge for both paper and reusable checkout bags; and
  • requires 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. 

This bylaw will be going to council in late summer for final adoption.

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.