Importation Ban of Single-Use Plastic as of December 2022

As of December 20th, 2022, the importation in Canada of checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware, stir sticks and straws (i.e., straight straws) will be prohibited.

The Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations (SUPPR) will be effective as of December 20th, 2022, and will be phased-in various staged timeline.

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 allow single-use plastic flexible straws to remain available, under certain conditions.

There are 6 categories of single-use plastics and variable enforcement dates based on prohibition on import, sale and export ranging from December 20th, 2022, to December 20th, 2025.

Prohibition timelines
To enable industry to adapt to the changes, this will be implemented on a phased-in approach timeline.

Coming into force of the prohibitions
ItemManufacture and import for sale in CanadaSaleManufacture, import and sale for export
Checkout bags, cutlery, foodservice ware, stir sticks, straws*December 20, 2022December 20, 2023December 20, 2025
Ring carriersJune 20, 2023June 20, 2024December 20, 2025
Flexible straws packaged with beverage containersNot applicableJune 20, 2024December 20, 2025

*Single-use plastic flexible straws that are not packaged with beverage containers are excluded from the prohibitions under certain conditions.

For more information the guidance document is available on the ECCC website.