sea turtle surrounded by plastic pollution

The Problem

The oceans face a massive and growing threat from something we encounter every day: plastics. It is everywhere and in everything – the air we breathe; the food that marine life, and all of us, eat; and the deepest part of the ocean. It is in Arctic ice, every fish tested in the Great Lakes, beluga whales, seabirds and more than half of all sea turtles.

Canadians produce about 3.3 million tonnes of plastic waste every year – equivalent to the weight of 25 CN towers. According to the Canadian government, Canadians use almost 15 billion plastic bags every year and close to 57 million straws every day.

Less than 10% of the plastic discarded in Canada is recycled. 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.

Canada is part of the problem, so we must be part of the solution. Canadians want plastic-free choices. 86% of Canadians say they support a single-use plastic ban.

Canada has committed to help solve this plastic crisis. Oceana Canada is calling on the government to live up to its promise to ban unnecessary single-use plastics by 2021. 

What We Do

Oceana Canada – supported by tens of thousands of Canadians from coast to coast to coast – is calling to end the plastic disaster by urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to fulfil their commitment to ban harmful and unnecessary single-use plastics, such as straws, bottles, cups and other food packaging.


Take Action

Tell the government to #EndthePlasticDisaster and stop the flow of plastics that are filling our oceans and devastating marine life. Sign our petition calling on the Canadian government to ban harmful and unnecessary single-use plastics by 2021.