Complaint Against City of Toronto
Plastic Bag Fee
June 1, 2012
50 Victoria Street
RE: City of Toronto Plastic Bag Fee By-law
Please consider this a complaint with the Competition Bureau against the City of Toronto over its shopping bag fee by-law, an effort in support of a similar complaint lunched by the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition.
The City of Toronto is an industry leader in the purchase and sale of recycled plastics. Its bag fee bylaw has the effect of fixing the minimum price of plastic bags in all 5,000 retail stores in Toronto.
We believe this is contrary to the Competition Act which states:
45. (1) Every person commits an offence who, with a competitor of that person with respect to a product, conspires, agrees or arranges
(a) to fix, maintain, increase or control the price for the supply of the product;
(b) to allocate sales, territories, customers or markets for the production or supply of the product; or
(c) to fix, maintain, control, prevent, lessen or eliminate the production or supply of the product.
I believe that the City of Toronto has fixed the price of plastic bags and prevented competition among retailers who may want to offer plastic bags for free or for a price lower than 5 cents.
Additionally the by-law requires retailers who do not offer plastic bags for sale to provide free boxes or paper bags to their customers. The city is forcing retailers to fix the price of paper bags and boxes at zero.
The fee takes an estimated $5 million to $25 million per year depending on how you calculate the number of bags issued at retailers. I am one of those Torontonians who has had to pay the fixed price for bags at various grocery stores in Toronto who had previously offered them for free as part of my purchase.
Please send me an acknowledgement that you have received my complaint.
Competition Bureau Complaint Against City of Toronto Plastic Bag Fee
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