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Canadian Single-Use Plastics Prohibition

As of December 20, 2022, the manufacture and import for sale in Canada of certain single-use plastic checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware, stir sticks and straws (i.e. straight straws) will be prohibited under the Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations (SUPPR).  The regulations are part of the Government of Canada’s comprehensive plan to address pollution, meet its target of zero plastic waste by 2030, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Regulations prohibit the manufacture, import and sale of single-use plastic checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware made from or containing problematic plastics, ring carriers, stir sticks, and straws.  An exception in the Regulations allows single-use plastic flexible straws to remain available, under certain conditions, so people who need them still have access.

Prohibition Timelines

In the event prohibited single use plastic items are imported to Canada, shipments will not be refused entry by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) but rather Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) will be enforcing the new regulation via post-importation verification activities.

For more information, please consult the ECCC’s Guidance documents and fact sheets or contact Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs.

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