Canadian is expected to issue a ban on common single-use plastics by 2021.
Making the announcement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that a decision on which items would be banned would be based on a scientific review.
While Trudeau stated that Canada is drawing inspiration from a similar European ban, it is likely to more comprehensive than this, which will see the sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds with plastic sticks banned from April 2020.
In Canada, the ban is likely to cover these items, plus plastic water bottles, shopping bags and fast food containers.
With less than five months before a national election, climate change and the environment are top campaign issues in Canada.
Reports suggest that less than 10% of plastic used in Canada is recycled. By comparison, EU legislation has set a target of recycling 90% of plastic bottles by 2025.