Trudeau added that the government will make it the responsibility of businesses to manage what plastics they create and sell.
Canada plans to ban some single-use plastics like straws, bags and cutlery by early 2021 to reduce un-recyclable waste and protect the world's oceans, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday.
The idea is to come up with a comprehensive plan to ban the sale and use of toxic plastic products within a couple of years. 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.
"You've all heard the stories and seen the photos. And to be honest as a dad it is tough trying to explain to my kids", Trudeau said. "How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches around the world, their stomachs jam-packed with plastic bags?"
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.
During the last G7 summit, Canada and four other major economies signed a charter calling for full recycling and re-use of plastic products, or burning those products as fuel.
Malaysia similarly said it would return 3,000 tons of plastic waste from Canada, the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom.
Several Canadian cities already ban the use of plastic bags - Montreal passed its ban a year ago - and some provinces have banned other products.
In Canada, less than 10 per cent of used plastics are recycled and, unless they change their habits, Canadians will throw out $11 billion worth of plastic products by 2030.
And while Trudeau has declared it a top priority, a recent parliamentary report concluded Canada is doing too little to combat climate change, even as government scientists warned the country was warming at twice the global rate.