Plastics are a valuable resource that
make our lives easier, more sustainable,
and healthier

You may not realize just how important plastics are in your daily life. It coats the time release capsules we need for medication and they are an important component in medical masks and gloves. It creates playground equipment, cars and exercise clothing. We rely on plastics for many modern products, and when we responsibly manage this valuable resource, it can create a positive impact for sustainability.


Plastics Reduce Waste and Increase Health and Safety

Energy Conservation and Sustainability

Avoiding the depletion of natural resources, reducing emissions, and investing in cleaner technologies —when we consider the true meaning of sustainability, plastics fit the bill. Plastics contribute to sustainability by facilitating the creation of lighter, more durable products such as electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure. Plastics require less fuel to create and ship, reducing their carbon footprint and ensuring packaging for other products is lighter and more sustainable than alternatives.


Food Packaging

Would you purchase raw meat from your butcher without  the protective plastic wrap? How long would your fresh berries last without the plastic carton that is designed to prevent the fruit from spoiling too soon? The role plastics play in the food supply chain is often taken for granted. Plastics help extend the shelf life of foods and have contributed to 75% less food waste. Remember, food waste produces methane, a greenhouse gas with emissions that are 30 times more detrimental to the environment than carbon dioxide emissions.


Medical Equipment

Modern medicine relies on plastic for safe and health solutions. From the everyday items in a medicine cabinet like bandages, to the medical equipment that plays a vital role in keeping healthcare workers safe, plastics are a necessary part of Canada’s health care industry.

Economic Resiliency

Plastics have already played a large role in keeping healthcare workers safe during the pandemic. As we look to the future, the plastics industry will also help shape a resilient economic recovery in Canada.


The plastics industry is responsible for more than $28 billion of products sold each year and it supports nearly 100,000 jobs across the country. What’s more, by responsibly managing plastics and working towards zero waste, we can increase jobs and economic growth. By building the infrastructure and investing in the innovations that will make plastics fully recyclable and reusable we’ll create more than 40,000 jobs and save $500 million each year.

About Us

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada’s (CIAC) Plastics Division speaks for plastic manufacturers in Canada. Representing a $28 billion industry, and accounting for over 93,000 jobs, we advocate on behalf of the Canadian plastics value-chain from resin producers and raw material suppliers to processors, converters, recyclers, and brand owners.

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