December 1, 2022
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together plastics science researchers and federal policy makers from across Canada to discuss the impacts of plastic pollution, present research progress to date, and build networks among researchers and government policy makers. This workshop’s focus is research activities supported by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) under the Increasing Knowledge on Plastic Pollution (IKPP) initiative, the Plastics Science for a Cleaner Future (PSCF) initiative, and the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP). This workshop will help inform future work to support Canada’s Plastics Science Agenda.
A presentation titled “Occurrence and Ecotoxicological Effects of Micro/Nanoplastics in Saskatchewan Watersheds” was delivered by IEESC researcher at the workshop. It showcases project outcomes on plastic pollution, which was funded by Knowledge on Plastic Pollution (IKPP) initiative. In this project, the occurrence, characteristics, and distribution of plastic contamination in Saskatchewan watersheds were revealed through sampling, characterization, and Synchrotron-based analytical technology. The findings can help enrich the understandings of the current state of plastic pollution, and support related environmental policy-making in Canada, especially in the prairie regions.