Fact sheet: Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations

On June 22, 2022, the Government of Canada published the Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations. To prevent plastic pollution, the Regulations prohibit the manufacture, import, and sale of 6 categories of single-use plastics that pose a threat to the environment.

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Single-use plastic items prohibited by the Regulations

Checkout bags designed to carry purchased goods from a business and typically given to a customer at the retail point of sale

Cutlery includes knifes, forks, spoons, sporks, and chopsticks

Ring carriers flexible and designed to surround beverage containers in order to carry them together

Stir sticks designed to stir or mix beverages, or to prevent a beverage from spilling from the lid of its container

Foodservice ware designed for serving or transporting food or beverage that is ready to be consumed and

  • is a clamshell container, lidded container, box, cup, plate or bowl; and
  • contains expanded or extruded polystyrene foam, polyvinyl chloride, carbon black or an oxo-degradable plastic.

Straws includes straight drinking straws and flexible straws, which have a corrugated section that allows the straw to bend, packaged with beverage containers (i.e. juice boxes and pouches)

The Regulations do not apply to plastic manufactured items that are waste or that are transiting through Canada.

Rules for single-use plastic flexible straws to ensure accessibility

  • Manufacture and import are allowed
  • Retail stores can sell straws in packages of 20 or more on the following conditions:
    • they are not on public display; and
    • provided only if requested by the customer.
  • A business may sell straws in packages of 20 or more to another business
  • Individuals can give straws to others in a family or social setting
  • Care institutions can provide straws to their patients or residents
Coming into force of the prohibitions
Item Manufacture and import for sale in Canada Sale Manufacture, import and sale for export
Checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware, stir sticks, straws  December 20, 2022 December 20, 2023 December 20, 2025
Ring carriers June 20, 2023 June 20, 2024 December 20, 2025
Flexible straws packaged with beverage containers N/A June 20, 2024 December 20, 2025

Reusable substitutes made of plastic

Single-use plastic checkout bags, cutlery and straws have reusable substitutes also made of plastic that are not subject to the Regulations. Performance criteria differentiate between single-use and reusable items for these product categories. Tests to determine whether a product meets the criteria for single-use must be conducted by an accredited laboratory.

Record keeping for export

If you manufacture or import any of the 6 categories of single-use plastics for export, you must keep records providing written evidence that the single-use plastic has been or will be exported. You must keep records and supporting documents in Canada for at least 5 years.

What you can do

As a manufacturer, importer or seller, it is your responsibility to know what single-use plastic items you can make or supply.

Manufacturers

  • Inform your customers of the prohibition
  • Plan to cease manufacture and export according to the prohibition dates

Importers

  • Inform your foreign suppliers of the prohibition
  • Plan to cease the import and export according to the prohibition dates

Sellers

  • Inform your suppliers and customers of the prohibition
  • Plan to cease the sale according to the prohibition dates

Disclaimer

This information does not in any way supersede or modify the Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations, or offer any legal interpretation of those Regulations. Where there are any inconsistencies between this information and the Regulations, the Regulations take precedence. A copy of the Regulations is available at the following website: https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2022-138/

Contact us

For more information, visit the Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations website.

If the information you need is unavailable on our website, contact Environment and Climate Change Canada at PlastiquesUU-SUPlastics@ec.gc.ca.

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