Plastic Bags

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Made in Canada

Fiction:  90% of the plastic bags used in Canadian grocery stores are manufactured in China.

Fact:  No. 90% of the plastic grocery bags used by Canadian retailers are made in Canada/Ontario.

The Facts

  • 90% of the plastic “grocery bags” used by large retailers are made in this country, not overseas.

  • The economic and employment impact of a plastic bag ban would be significant.
  • This is the same in the United States where the industry reports that 72.5% of plastic shopping bags are made in the U.S. and not off-shore.
  • However, 90% of reusable bags are made off-shore in countries like China.
  • Ontario is the third largest hub for advanced plastic manufacturing in North America.

  • Employment in plastic bag and film manufacturing spans a value chain of machinists, engineers, resin companies, manufacturers, recyclers and remanufacturers. As many as 10,900 Ontarians are employed by the plastics sector (Source: Industry Canada, Canadian Plastics Industry Association).

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