Today, federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers agreed to work collectively toward a common goal of zero plastic waste. To this end, they approved in principle a Canada-wide strategy on zero plastic waste, which outlines a vision to keep all plastics in the economy and out of the environment.
“Plastics play an important role in our economy and in the daily lives of Canadians, but over 89% end up in landfill or the environment,” said Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, who hosted her colleagues via teleconference. “This strategy aims to contribute to changing that and stimulate innovation in plastics. Canadians want action now to address plastic pollution and waste.”
The strategy aligns with the Ocean Plastics Charter—a key outcome of Canada’s G7 Presidency—and was developed with input from industry, non-governmental organizations and Canadians. It outlines areas where changes are needed across the plastic lifecycle, from design to collection, clean-up and value recovery, and underscores the economic and business opportunities resulting from long-lasting and durable plastics.