IMPORTANT: Merchants listing products for sale on the Wish marketplace must comply with all applicable laws and Wish policies. Items offered and sold to consumers in Canada must comply with federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, and local laws and regulations. The information provided in this FAQ is not intended as, nor should be construed as, professional legal or tax advice, nor does anything contained here constitute an attorney-client relationship between Wish Legal and merchants. Merchants should seek independent counsel if they have legal related queries.
Merchants selling Canada-bound products on Wish must comply with the Canadian Government’s Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations. See below for more information.
1. What is the Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulation?
The Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulation (SUPPR) intends to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment and prohibits the sale, manufacturing, and import of the following categories of single-use plastics:
- Checkout bags
- Foodservice ware that contains or is made of the following problematic plastics:
- Expanded polystyrene foam
- Extruded polystyrene foam
- Polyvinyl chloride
- Carbon black
- Oxo-degradable plastic
- Ring carriers
- Stir sticks
To learn about the different materials that fall under the plastic category, please review the Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution.
2. What is the SUPPR enforcement timeline?
- The manufacturing and import prohibitions of single-use plastic products in Canada went into effect December 20, 2022.
- The prohibition of manufacturing and import of ring carriers in Canada went into effect June 20, 2023.
- The prohibition to sell single-use plastic products is effective December 20, 2023.
- The export prohibition of single-use plastic products is effective December 20, 2025.
3. How are Wish merchants impacted if their listing violates the SUPPR?
Listings on Wish found to be in violation of the SUPPR are subject to removal without prior notice by Wish, per the Regional Restriction Prohibited Product Policy. Merchants with violating listings may be subject to other consequences, including (but not limited to) decreased impressions, account suspension, or account termination.
4. What products are exempt from SUPPR regulations?
- Flexible straws used for accessibility needs in hospitals or other medical facilities
- Flexible straws packed with a beverage
- Flexible straw bundles sold in a business-to-business sale within a non-commercial, non-industrial, or non-institutional setting
See more exempted products within the technical guidelines on the six categories of single-use plastic Items.
5. What If my single-use plastic must travel through Canada?
Single-use plastics that are transported through Canada but have a final destination outside of Canada are exempt from the SUPPR. Documentation must be provided to verify that the single-use plastic products are in transit.
6. What are examples of prohibited single-use plastics listings on Wish?
- Checkout Bags
- Foodservice Ware
- Stir Sticks
7. What are some resources for more information?