Plastic pollution in our oceans

Petition: 429

Issue(s): Corporate Social Responsibility, Fisheries, Other, Waste management, Water

Petitioner(s): A Canadian resident

Petitioner Location(s): Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Date Received: 21 June 2019

Status: Completed—Response(s) to petition received

Summary: The petition raises concerns about plastic pollution and its associated environmental impact on Canada’s marine ecosystems, including animal species adversely affected by ingesting plastic. It asks whether addressing plastic pollution is a priority for the federal government. The petition also seeks information on whether the government has a strategy to reduce the amount of plastic that enters Canada’s oceans, and if so, what the strategy is. Finally, the petition refers to a news article reporting that large fast-food restaurant chains are the biggest plastic polluters in Canada. The petition asks whether the government has considered mandating that these corporations move toward sustainable packaging for their products.

Federal Departments Responsible for Reply: Environment and Climate Change Canada