Torontonians changed behaviour very rapidly after the bag fee was introduced - bag use dropped by more than 53%, and up to 80% in many major stores (Some information here). 90% of Torontonians surveyed agreed the bag fee changed their behaviour within a year of the ban. All of this shows that Torontonians were ready and willing to adapt very quickly to the bag fee, and we believe they’re ready for a full ban.
Retailers are already required to offer reusable bags for sale in Toronto (part of the bag fee by-law), and many people already own a reusable bag, or use boxes or bins to carry their groceries.
Since the draft by-law that would enforce bag ban was rejected, Council now has additional time to consult with Toronto residents and retailers to prepare for bag reduction measures.