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Canada unveils support for Canadian innovation by small businesses to reduce plastic waste and beat plastic pollution

SYDNEY, NS, May 17, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada is working with Canadians across the country to protect its land and water from plastic waste. Not only is plastic pollution harmful to the environment, but the disposal of plastics is a waste of a valuable resource. This is why the Government of Canada is partnering with Canadian businesses to develop innovative solutions to keep plastics in the economy and out of landfills and the environment.

Today, Member of Parliament for Sydney?Victoria, Mark Eyking, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced six winners of the Canadian Plastics Innovation Challenge, a part of the Innovative Solutions Canada program. Dealing with issues related to food packaging, construction waste, and the separation of plastics for recycling, these Challenges are a great opportunity to invest in innovative ideas and technologies that could play a role in addressing plastic pollution and moving Canada toward a zero-plastic waste future.

Copol International Ltd., one of today's funding recipients located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, is a local small business developing a food packaging solution that would incorporate biodegradable components extracted from marine waste into a cast polypropylene film.

Copol International Ltd. joins other small businesses from across the country who will each receive up to $150,000 to develop their idea. By working together, we can beat plastic pollution, protect nature, and tackle climate change.


"Investing in new ideas to solve old problems is vital when addressing our plastic waste challenges. We cannot continue with a business-as-usual approach if we hope to arrive at new outcomes. I can attest, as Member of Parliament for Sydney?Victoria, to the great work that Copol has done over the past 20 years, both by contributing to our local economy and through constant innovation. Copol, like the rest of these companies across Canada, is a forward thinking company finding solutions to plastic pollution and taking steps in the right direction. Our government is proud to invest in the health and sustainability of Canada's environment and economy, and I look forward to seeing the results of these projects."
? Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney?Victoria

"Our government leverages its enormous purchasing power to ensure Canadian small businesses can grow and innovate. We're turning to Canadians for their best ideas to solve government challenges. Whether it's finding ways to improve recycling of plastic materials or improve food packaging, we're investing in Canadian-made solutions."
? Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and employ over 8 million hard-working Canadians. That's why our government is committed to helping small businesses start up, scale up and access new markets. Innovative Solutions Canada is a fantastic program that uses government procurement to help small businesses innovate and then commercialize their innovations. Congratulations to these businesses. I can't wait to see the innovative solutions they come up with."
? Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

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