Plastic Bag Reduction Act Consultation

Congratulations Islanders and Island businesses on making the switch to reusable bags. It's keeping PEI eco-friendly. You are asked to provide feedback on the implementation of the Plastic Bag Reduction Act that began July 1, 2019.

This consultation is now closed.


Visit for information about the switch from single-use checkout bags to reusable bags.

Some suggested updates to the legislation received to-date…

  1. Definition change: "small paper bags” are defined as less than 15 cm x 20 cm (300 sq cm) when flat according to the current Act. The suggestion is to amend to less than 600 square cm (approximately the size of a standard 8.5” by 11” sheet of paper).
  2. New definition: “pre-packaged” means foods or other goods completely enclosed by wrap or container.
  3. New definition: "prepared food” means food that is ready for immediate consumption.
  4. New exemption: exempt “clear plastic bags” used to package goods containing liquids that may reasonably be expected to leak.
  5. Proposed Amendment (Section 9) Graduated Implementation: The current Act proposes to increase the mandatory minimum fee for a paper bag from 15 cents to 25 cents and to increase the mandatory minimum fee for a reusable bag from $1 to $2, effective January 1, 2020. It has been proposed that the current fee is sufficient to encourage the reduction in single-use bags and to promote responsible and sustainable business practices in Prince Edward Island.


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