Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada (POFC) was started with the mission of informing, inspiring, and inciting action from Canadians to help solve plastic pollution. Our goal is to change consumer behaviour, corporate and public policy, and foster solutions to plastic pollution.
POFC was founded in 2016 as a non-profit organization and Registered Canadian Charity. POFC became fully independent following the release of A Plastic Ocean, an award-winning documentary film that explored microplastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean. In fact, we have a large library of educational films hosted on our international branch’s website. We are part of a global organization with offices in the US (global headquarters), Chile, Mexico, and Europe. Through our global presence, we are dedicated to raising awareness on plastic pollution in oceans not just in Canada, but everywhere around the world.
Education and outreach are at the forefront of everything that we do because we believe that they are the first steps toward change. With this in mind, POFC offers the Student Outreach Program, which provides free resources to educators on plastic pollution, our oceans, and how we can all make a difference. To date, our materials have been shared with over 42,000 students across Canada. POFC also hosts coastline cleanups so that we can intervene at the shore, preventing plastic from entering our oceans and further endangering the ecosystem. Canada’s coastline is 202,080 km long and it is our goal to reduce the plastic entering our oceans in Canada by 75 per cent before 2025.
Our oceans and the marine life within them need our help in staying plastic free. But, taking care of our oceans also means taking care of ourselves. Not only does plastic pollution harm marine life, but it also negatively impacts our health when it enters our drinking water and the food chain. When we work together, we can create a healthier ocean for a healthier you.