Current status: Open

The proposed Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations, were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on December 25, 2021, and are open for a 70-day public comment period ending on March 5, 2022.

The comments received during this period will be considered when developing the final regulations.

Background

Plastic is an important material used in all sectors of our economy and delivers benefits to Canadians.

In October 2020, the Government of Canada released a Science assessment of plastic pollution. The Science assessment finds that plastic is polluting our rivers, lakes, and oceans, harming wildlife, and generating microplastics in the water we use and drink. It also recommends the Government pursue actions to reduce the amounts of macroplastics and microplastics that end up in the environment, in accordance with the precautionary principle.

Canadians expect the Government to take action to protect the environment and to reduce plastic pollution across the country. The proposed Regulations represent the Government’s next step in addressing plastic pollution.

Key elements of the proposed regulations

The proposed Regulations target the following categories of single-use plastic manufactured items:

  • checkout bags
  • cutlery
  • foodservice ware made from or containing problematic plastics
  • ring carriers
  • stir sticks
  • straws

Guidance on Alternatives

A Guidance for Selecting Alternatives to the Single-Use Plastics in the proposed Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations document has been published to help businesses transition away from the six categories of single-use plastics that are listed in the proposed Regulations.

This guidance document is also open for a 70-day comment period ending on March 5, 2022.

Join in: how to participate

To learn how we will protect your privacy during this consultation, please carefully review our privacy statement.

Please ensure your comments on the proposed Regulations and/or the associated Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, December 25, 2021. Comments on the draft guidance should cite the Guidance for Selecting Alternatives to the Single-Use Plastics in the proposed Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations.

Send us an email

ec.plastiques-plastics.ec@ec.gc.ca

Participate by mail

Plastics Consultation
Plastics Regulatory Affairs Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd., Place Vincent Massey, 9-064
Gatineau QC 
K1A 0H3