Stop Plastic Pollution

Canada needs a strong ban on single-use plastics

Call on the government to act now


In December of 2021, Canada released draft regulations outlining the proposed ban on unnecessary single-use plastics. However, there are obvious loopholes in the proposed ban and most of the listed items won’t actually be banned until 2024. Every day without meaningful action means upwards of 8,900 tonnes of Canada’s plastic trash piling up in landfills, burning in incinerators, and polluting our oceans and environment.

Ninety per cent of people across Canada support a ban on single-use plastics and two-thirds want to see the proposed ban expanded to include more harmful plastic products.

The Canadian government originally committed to ban single-use plastics by 2021 and is now overdue on its commitment and is pushing it out to 2024; there’s no more time to waste.

Add your name to call on the government for a strong ban on single-use plastics.

Plastics are Everywhere

Tens of thousands of individual marine organisms have been observed suffering from entanglement or ingestion of plastics – from zooplankton, corals and fish, to sea turtles, seals, whales and seabirds.  Plastics never go away. Instead they break down into smaller and smaller pieces, which act as magnets for harmful pollutants and chemicals. When eaten by fish, some of these contaminated microplastics work their way up the food chain and into our food supply. It is estimated that humans consume approximately one credit card worth of plastic each week.

The problem is only growing. Global production of plastic is increasing. It has nearly doubled since the start of the millennium and it’s expected to increase at least fourfold by 2050. To solve this crisis, we must significantly reduce the use of single-use and disposable plastics at its source.

Plastics in Canada

Although Canadians make up less than 0.5 per cent of the global population, we use 1.4 per cent of all plastics produced.  In 2010, Canada produced nine times more plastic waste per person than India, up to 3.6 times more than some countries in Southeast Asia and up to twice that of some Scandinavian countries.

And our consumption keeps growing. Canada currently uses 4.6 million tonnes of plastics every year — roughly 125 kilograms per person.  Experts predict that by 2030, that number will grow to more than six million tonnes per year.

For decades, wealthier nations like Canada have been sending plastic waste to less wealthy nations, countries that often do not have robust waste management systems. From 1988 to 2016, Canada shipped almost four million tonnes of plastics abroad, mostly to Asia.  That’s like shipping 800 blue whales every year for 29 years.

Canada is part of the problem, so we must be part of the solution. Oceana Canada is calling on our government to live up to its promise to ban unnecessary single-use plastics.

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