Are forks banned in Canada? If you’ve seen news floating around Twitter or TikTok that the cutlery item has been banned, you might be confused over this new policy. Let’s unpack what’s been going on.
Are forks banned in Canada?
- Yes and no
The rumour that Canada had banned forks came from a viral TikTok video, where the creator claimed forks were totally banned. They said that forks were unavailable to purchase online as a result of The Great Canadian Fork Fight.
It is not that Canada has banned forks in total, but they do have plans to ban plastic forks this year.
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Canada’s plastic fork ban explained
In October 2020, plans to fully ban single-use plastic were announced. They are hoping to do so by the end of 2021.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced this as part of their plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. Wilkinson said: “When a ban comes into effect, your local stores will be providing you with alternatives to these plastic product.”
Included on the ban list is plastic bags, stir sticks, six-pack racks, plastic utensils, some food containers, and plastic straws.
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Canada’s fork fight history debunked
In the viral TikTok video, the creator says: “One weird fact about Canada: is that forks are illegal in Canada. Not only are they not sold in stores but you can’t buy them on Amazon either. It’s all because of this. The Great Canadian Fork Fight of 1812.”
They proceed to show an article detailing The Great Canadian Fork Fight. This, however, is a fake web page.
There was no fork fight in Canada and the TikTok appears to be a hoax.