- Take Action
- Learn More
- Sources of Shoreline Litter
- Impacts of Shoreline Litter
- Educational Activities
- Other Resources
Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians take action against aquatic debris by participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited. Jointly led by the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF, this initiative focuses on educating and empowering people to make a difference through community cleanup events.
Today, the Shoreline Cleanup is one of the largest environmental events in Canada and the third largest cleanup in the world. Awareness and support for the program grows each year, dramatically increasing our impact as the public starts to better understand how shoreline litter adversely affects both aquatic life and people.
Our mission: to promote understanding and education about shoreline litter issues by encouraging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups.
Our vision: a fully engaged and committed Canadian public keeping all Canadian shorelines free from litter.
In 1994, a small team of volunteers at the Vancouver Aquarium decided to clean up a local beach in Stanley Park to help protect the shorelines of Vancouver. Eighteen years later, the Shoreline Cleanup has developed into a nationwide program, in partnership with WWF, which engages thousands of participants annually. Learn more about our origins
Partners & Sponsors
Our partners and sponsors are essential to the success of our program. Their significant contributions support our ability to tackle aquatic debris and our efforts to preserve our shorelines for generations to come. Learn more about our supporters
Facts & Figures
Powered by Canadians, the Shoreline Cleanup allows anyone to make a visible impact on their environment. Since 2003, over 400,000 participants have removed nearly one million kilos of garbage from our shorelines. Take a look at the Dirty Dozen List and find out which province cleaned up the most. Learn more about our impact
One year, participants found an 18k gold ring during a cleanup in Ontario. Last year, RCMP divers removed a submerged car from a river in Surrey. It had been reported stolen two years previous.