The federal government will announce a plan Monday to ban harmful single-use plastics such as drinking straws as early as 2021.
"How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches across the world, their stomachs jam packed with plastic bags?" Trudeau stated that his government is now researching which items should be banned while confirming that Canada would follow the model laid out by the European Union. "How do I tell them that against all odds, you will find plastic at the very deepest point of the Pacific Ocean". "As parents we're at a point where we take our kids to the beach and we have to search out a patch of sand that isn't littered with straws, styrofoam or bottles".
Trudeau also announced on Monday that he plans to ensure companies that manufacture plastic products or sell them will be held responsible for their plastic waste.
Speaking to reporters near Montreal, Trudeau said a list of items that will be banned was not yet prepared, but the government is planning to research which plastics should be eliminated.
At the last G7 summit, Canada and four other leading economies signed a charter pledging that by 2040 all plastic produced in their countries would be reused, recycled or burned to produce energy. The United States and Japan did not join the pact.
In Alberta, the government of former Premier Rachel Notley pledged incentives for companies that built chemical plants to create jobs and wean the province off its dependence on fossil-fuel exports.
The ban could extend to single use items such as straws, water bottles, plastic bags, kitchen utensils, stirring sticks and other fast food accessories.
Several Canadian cities already ban the use of plastic bags - Montreal passed its ban past year - and some provinces have banned other products. According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadians throw away over 34 million plastic bags every day.
Canada could be in for some significant changes come 2021.