The Retail Council of Quebec presents its latest reports and stances in the public and political sphere.

These documents illustrate the Retail Council of Quebec’s interventions with various levels of governments (federal, provincial and municipal) to promote and enhance the interests of the retail sector in Quebec.

February 26, 2024 | Retail Council of Quebec – Comments on the draft regulation amending mainly the regulation on the language of commerce and business

Dcember 19, 2023 | Retail Council of Quebec – Brief for the pre-budget consultations in preparation for the 2023-2024 Quebec budget

As part of the pre-budget consultations for the 2024-2025 fiscal year by the Government of Quebec, the Retail Council of Quebec submitted a memorandum on December 19, 2023, to provide several recommendations to the government on various issues affecting the retail sector. This document contains various proposals to address the regulatory burden on retailers, implement measures to counter shoplifting, and initiate a reflective process on the digitization of the economy.

September 11, 2023 | Brief submitted by the Retail Council of Quebec as part of the consultation on Bill 29, An Act to protect consumers from programmed obsolescence and to promote the durability, repairability, and maintenance of goods.

The Retail Council of Quebec submitted its comments to the Commission de l’économie et du travail as part of the consultation on Bill no. 29, An Act to protect consumers from programmed obsolescence and to promote the durability, repairability and maintenance of goods, tabled in the National Assembly by the Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette, on June 1.

April 20, 2023 | Comments submitted by the Retail Council of Quebec regarding Bill 19, Regulating Child Labor in Quebec

The Retail Council of Quebec submitted its comments to the Commission de l’économie et du travail as part of its consultation on Bill 19 on the regulation of child labor, which was tabled in the National Assembly on March 28 by the Minister of Labour, Jean Boulet.

February 3, 2023 | Brief for the pre-budget consultations in preparation for the 2023-2024 Quebec budget

On February 3, 2023, the Retail Council of Quebec submitted a brief to the Quebec government on a number of issues affecting the retail sector as part of the government’s 2023-2024 pre-budget consultations. There are two parts to this brief. First, it was necessary to update certain essential elements of the economic context of Quebec’s retail sector in light of the upheavals experienced during the pandemic. Second, the Council wishes to share its vision on three main issues: labor shortages, credit card transaction fees and support for local purchasing, the proximity economy and the circular economy.

August 12, 2022 | Comments submitted by the Retail Council of Quebec on the Proposed Privacy Incident Regulations

February 14, 2022 | Brief for the pre-budget consultations in anticipation of the 2022-2023 Quebec budget

As part of the Government of Quebec’s 2022-2023 pre-budget consultations, the Retail Council of Quebec submitted a brief on February 17, 2022 to make several recommendations to the government on several issues affecting the retail sector. This document contains 10 concrete proposals relating to measures to promote the resumption of activities, tackle head-on the challenges of the workforce in the retail industry and continue supporting the digital shift of retailers.


January 21, 2022 | Retail Council of Quebec – comments on the draft regulation amending the Regulation respecting compensation for municipal services provided to ensure the recovery and reclamation of residual materials


November 26, 2021 | Brief from the Retail Council of Quebec on the draft regulation amending the Regulation respecting the recovery and valorization of products by companies


October 6, 2021 | Report from the Retail Council of Quebec – Presented to the Committee on Culture and Education as part of the Consultation on Bill 96, an Act respecting the official and common language of Quebec, French

This report presents the Retail Council of Quebec and its implication in francization, as well as some data related to our sector. More general comments related to the bill are then set out. Finally, specific comments are made with respect to some of the provisions of the bill for which modifications or clarifications should be made.


September 10, 2021 | Report from the Retail Council of Quebec – Presented as part of the consultations of the federal government on credit card transaction fees

This report, presented on September 10, 2021, offers the Retail Council of Quebec’s recommendations on the subject. The Council’s position on credit card transaction fees has been clear for several years. These are too high in Canada and unfairly penalize retailers and their customers. We want these to be capped at 0.5% on average for all card types. As part of this report, you will discover the arguments and justifications that support this position.


January 29, 2021 | Report from the Retail Council of Quebec – Presented as part of the 2021-2022 pre-budget consultations of the Ministère des Finances du Québec

As part of the 2021-2022 pre-budget consultations of the Quebec Ministry of Finance, this document presented on January 29, 2021, presents the Council’s recommendations regarding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on retail sector and it’s recovery. (sustainable development and circular economy, digital shift and eCommerce).


October 21, 2020 | Support of the Retail Council of Quebec for the report submitted by EEQ as part of the special consultations on Bill 65, An Act to amend mainly the Environment Quality Act with regard to recycling and waste management.

The Retail Council of Quebec has carefully taken note of the bill mentioned in the title and worked closely with Éco Entreprises Québec (EEQ) to analyze it. The Council welcomes the tabling of this bill, fully subscribes to EEQ’s conclusions and unreservedly supports its report, which you can consult below.


August 7, 2020 | Retail Council of Quebec (RCQ) report – Presented as part of the 2021 federal government pre-budget consultations

As part of the federal government’s pre-budget consultations, the Council submitted a brief to make several recommendations to the government regarding the interchange fees and the high credit card transaction fees imposed by card issuers on merchants.


January 14, 2019 | Retail Council of Quebec (RCQ) report – Presented as part of the 2019-2020 pre-budget consultations of the Ministère des Finances du Québec

As part of the 2020-2021 pre-budget consultations of the Quebec Ministry of Finance, this document presented on January 14, 2019, presents 6 recommendations from the Retail Council of Quebec (RCQ) pertaining to various challenges of the sector: tax fairness for Quebec retailers, the gradual increase of the minimum wage, improve the workforce training, lowering the tax burden by abolishing the payroll tax as well as improving innovation and expertise sharing in the retail sector.


May 25, 2018 | Retail Council of Quebec (RCQ) report – BILL N ° 176 – An Act to amend the labor law and other legislative provisions in order to facilitate work-family balance

Report presented on May 25, 2018 to the Committee on Economy and Labor and tabled as part of the consultation on Bill 176, tabled in the National Assembly by the Minister responsible for Labor, Mrs. Dominique Vien, March 20, 2018.


June 16, 2016 | Retail Council of Quebec (RCQ) comments on the Draft Regulation amending the Regulation related to the language of commerce and business as well as the Draft Regulation amending the Regulation specifying the scope of the expression “clearly predominant” for the application of the Charter of the French language


February 11, 2013 | Retail Council of Quebec (RCQ) report on Bill 14, amending the Charter of the French language, the Charter of human rights and freedoms and other legislative provisions

Report submitted on February 11, 2013 to the Committee on Culture and Education, as part of the consultations on Bill 14.