Sustainable Business Vaughan (SBV) Initiative

Sustainable Business
Vaughan(SBV) Initiative

The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce (VCC) is proud to announce the Sustainable Business Vaughan (SBV) initiative. The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness around waste reduction and support Small-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry across Vaughan to transition from using single-use plastics. The initiative will provide a free workshop, toolkits and other resources.

The SBV Initiative supports York Region’s single-use items reduction strategy, by helping businesses reduce their use of single-use items and preparing them for the Federal ban on select single-use plastics that will take effect December 20, 2023. The six types of single-use plastics that will be banned are:

1. Checkout bags
2. Cutlery
3. Foodservice ware made from hard-to-recycle plastics (containers, cups and lids made of black plastic or foam)
4. Straws, with some exceptions like flexible plastic straws
5. Stir sticks
6. Six-pack ring carriers*


*They can continue to be imported and manufactured for sale in Canada until June 20, 2023 and their sale is not banned until June 20, 2024.

For more information, contact Ruchika Sharma, Special Projects Manager at

Blog Post

What you need to know about
Canada’s single-use plastics ban


Pioneering Change: Adapt Your Business to Thrive in Canada’s Single-Use Plastic Transition Times


Alternatives available for the Tourism and Hospitality Industry: Ask First Policy and
Bring Your Own Policy


How to Go Green in Tourism and Hospitality: Reusable Alternatives for Single-Use Plastics


Longo’s & Single-Use Plastics

Are you looking to make a positive impact on the environment while also benefiting your business?

Then join us for this FREE workshop on February 29, 2024 from 7:30- 9:30am!

Our expert speakers will share insights on how to go green in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry and introduce you to reusable alternatives for single-use plastics. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals in the industry.

Don’t miss out on this chance to make a difference and improve your business! 

Program Partners

Resource Partner

Partly funded by The Regional Municipality of York