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Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution Confirms Negative Impact of Plastic Pollution on the Environment in Canada

Release time:2020-03-06

The author:Administrator

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, published the Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution on January 30, 2020, which sheds light on the extent of the plastic pollution problem in Canada. The Assessment confirms that larger plastic items like bags and straws can physically harm animals and negatively affect their habitat. The report also highlights microplastic pollution, noting evidence of negative effects on animals and the environment and uncertainties regarding the potential for effects on humans, which require more research. This draft science assessment of plastic pollution will help inform the Government of Canada’s actions and policies as it follows through on its commitment to ban harmful single-use plastics. The Government is working to have new regulations in place as early as 2021, where supported by scientific evidence and warranted. The Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution has be published on January 31, 2020, in Part I of the Canada Gazette for a 60-day public comment period.