City council passed a motion to scrap the five-cent retail bag tax on July 1, removing a pet peeve of Mayor Rob Ford.
But moments later, council voted more decisively to ban distribution of plastic bags altogether.
Toronto will become a bag-free city on Jan. 1.
In doing so, it will join other major centres such as San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles, who have already implemented a ban on single-use plastic bags.
The tiny community of Leaf Rapids, Man., was the first community in Canada to ban the bags in April 2007.
(680 News, The Canadian Press)