Canada's NDP


Motion M-151: A National Strategy to Combat Plastic Pollution

Even though Canada has the world's largest coastline, our country has no national policy to prevent plastics from entering our waters, and no mechanisms to clean-up the pollution that is already there.

On November 1 2017 Gord Johns introduced Motion M-151, which calls on the government to develop a national strategy to address ocean plastics. It outlines an effective foundation for Ocean Plastic policy including concrete steps which Canada needs to adopt.

We secured a huge victory when this motion passed unanimously in December 2018. Since then, the government has announced several measures to reduce plastic waste and hold plastic producers accountable for the waste they create. This includes a ban on plastics such as check-out bags, stir sticks, straws, and six-pack rings.

The work isn't done yet, though. We need to make sure that the government continues this long-term work on eliminating plastics and investing in protections for our oceans. Canada's NDP is committed to ending the wasteful production of single-use plastics and preserving our waterways and oceans from coast to coast to coast.