, How to SCOP: Use the Scanners Code of Practice in Canada

SCOP stands for the Scanners Code of Practice, and it is essential to learn how it can save you money while shopping.

How to SCOP: Using the Scanners Code of Practice

Most stores in Canada have to abide by the Scanners Code of Practice. ( SEE list below) The code was created to prevent consumers from being cheated at a register if the item scans at a higher value compared to the store shelf.

Understanding the Basics of SCOP

Not everyone is aware of SCOP, but you can save money if you learn about it.

SCOP rules are simple: If you purchase an item that scans for a higher price than the store shelf, then you either get it for free, or you get a discount.


You purchase a bag of candy but are surprised to notice the price is $3.00 higher at the register. You confirm the store shelf has it listed at a lower price. The cashier must give you the item for free. If the bag of candy is worth more than $10, then the maximum you get is a $10 discount.

Example 2:

You buy five bags of candy, and all of them scan at a higher price than the store tag. You will only get the first bag of candy-free. SCOP does not apply to multiple items. But you will receive the rest of the multiple items at Shelf price.

Example 3:

You buy a bag of candy and a bag of pretzels. They both scan at a higher price at the register, but the store tags are lower. The store must give you both items free.

, How to SCOP: Use the Scanners Code of Practice in Canada

Important Note about Price Tags 

Price tags that are on the products do not count. SCOP only applies to the stickers on store shelves. However, any product in the store qualifies.

Extra Tips 

Some cashiers and stores do not make following the Scanners Code of Practice easy for shoppers. You may have to print out the rules and carry them with you. If a store that participates in the code does not honour it, then you can call 1-866-499-4599 to complain.

Canadian Stores that SCOP: Scanners Code of Practice


  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  •  Jean Coutu (NB and Ont only)
  • Lawton Drug Stores
  • London Drugs
  • Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
  • The Home Depot Canada
  • Canadian Tire
  • Toys r Us
  • Rona
  • Wal-Mart Canada
  • Giant Tiger
  • Best Buy/Future Shop
  • Canada Safeway Limited
  • Loblaw Companies
  • Sobeys Inc.
  • Metro Inc.
  • Thrifty Foods
  • Co-op Atlantic
  • Overwaitea Food Group
  • Longos