2021 Scanning Code of Practice Canada

2021 Scanning Code of Practice Canada

Have you heard of the Canadian Scanning Code of Practice? It could be very valuable to you!

Most Canadian retailers take part in this practice. In Quebec it’s the law and in other provinces, it’s voluntary. Basically, if you purchase an item believing it to be a certain price but the item actually scans at a higher price then advertised, you receive the item free up to a $10 value! If the item is priced more than $10, then the retailer will give you a discount of $10 off the corrected price.

The code applies to all UPC, bar coded, and/or Price Look Up (PLU) merchandise sold in stores, with the exception of goods not easily accessible to the public (example: prescription drugs and behind the counter cosmetics), and individually price-ticketed items.

To be eligible for the Item Free Scanner Policy, the item must match the product description on the corresponding shelf tag.

Does that make sense?

Quite often the cashier won’t give you the product free without you mentioning the Scanning Code of Practice. So if you notice a wrong price, speak up!

At participating retailers you should see a sign on the entrance doors and at the till that reads:

If you would like more information, visit this site: Retail Council of Canada

Here is a list of participating retailers:

  • Best Buy
  • Bulkley Valley Wholesale
  • Canadian Tire
  • Co-op Atlantic
  • Costco Wholesale Canada
  • Federated Co-operatives Limited
  • Giant Tiger Stores
  • The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company of Canada Limited
  • The Groupe Jean Coutu (NB and ON only)
  • The Harry Watson GroupScanning code of practice canada
  • The Home Depot Canada
  • Home Hardware (2 Ontario stores)
  • Lawton Drug Stores
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • London Drugs
    Longos Brothers Fruit Markets
  • Lovell Drugs
  • Metro Inc.
  • Overwaitea Foods
  • Pharmasave (BC stores)
  • PriceSmart Foods
  • Rona
  • Safeway
  • Save-On-Foods
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Sobeys
  • The North West Company
  • Thrifty Foods
  • Toys”R”Us
  • Urban Fare
  • Walmart Canada