Petition to the Government of Canada
- The United Nations names plastic pollution as the second greatest threat to the environment after climate change;
- The federal government has drafted single-use plastics regulations as a step towards eliminating harmful plastic pollutants;
- The proposed federal regulations contain loopholes in the definitions which will allow manufacturers to create more durable single-use plastics, including cutlery and plastic bags;
- The definitions exclude common plastic litter, such as single-use hot and cold beverage containers and lids, and packaging for consumer goods;
- The proposed regulations allow for the continued manufacturing and export of harmful single-use plastics;
- These regulatory loopholes will contribute to the creation of more problematic plastic pollution entering the marine and terrestrial environment;
- Canada needs to create stronger regulations to eliminate plastic pollution;
- Other jurisdictions, including Chile and the European Union, are leading the way on single-use plastics bans with regulations that Canada could use as an example to build on; and
- Advocates in Canada, including Oceana Canada, strongly support strengthening the federal government’s proposed regulations.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Strengthen regulatory definitions to include more harmful single-use plastic items and close loopholes that currently allow plastic items to be replaced with more durable problematic plastic;
2. Remove the exemption that allows banned products to continue to be manufactured and exported;
3. Revise the retail sales exception on single-use plastic straws so people needing them for medical purposes can request them;
4. Implement a clear and staged action plan to eliminate single-use plastics by 2030; and
5. Bring these proposed regulations into force six months after they are published.