City councillor Elsie Lefebvre has the job of organizing the consultation which will examine environmental, social and economic impacts of an eventual ban. It will also look at what has happened in other cities that have banned plastic bags.
Toronto tried to ban plastic bags on Jan. 1, 2013, but backed down after a public outcry and a legal challenge.
“Single-use grocery bags represent an important environmental issue when they don’t make it into the recycling,” said RéalMénard, the executive committee member responsible for the environment and sustainable development.
The consultation is expected to start in May.