A blueprint for action.
A GUIDE TO THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The CE Action Plan is an open-source guide to enable a better understanding of the circular economy and offer ‘on ramps’ for stakeholders to participate in its implementation by supporting its priority actions.
A TEMPLATE FOR IMPACT
As co-leads, CELC and CIC will use the CE Action Plan to guide strategic direction, as well as provide a template to build agendas for future Canadian Circular Economy Summit events.
A FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION
The CE Action Plan and progress on its outcomes and priority actions will also become an outline for future CE initiatives and other related events.
Recalibrating Canada’s economy for prosperity while delivering on environmental commitments and social values necessitates the collective actions of all.
THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY OFFERS THAT OPPORTUNITY.
The circular economy advances a net-zero, nature-positive Canada, supporting economic prosperity through innovation and the well-being of Canadians today and for future generations.
The Circular Economy Action Plan for Canada is organized under five key enablers which include a number of longer-term outcome statements and more specific near-term priority actions for each.
A. Canadians (including businesses, governments, investors, general public) broadly support the circular economy through their actions, including support for circular business models, products, services, and investments.
B. Canadians (including businesses, governments, investors, general public) are leveraging CE strategies and actions to address the triple planetary crises (climate, natural / biodiversity loss, and pollution).
C. The Canadian workforce has the skills and education required to drive and deliver on CE goals and activities.
D. Canadians have access to robust, relevant, and accessible data in order to make informed policy and business decisions.
H. Circular business models have become mainstream across Canadian sectors, industries, and supply chains.
I. Canada has a world-leading applied research community focused on accelerating CE innovation.
J. Canada has applied circular strategies to address challenges in resource intensive (materials and energy) sectors.
E. Stakeholders (business, government, academia) are able to leverage enhanced models and platforms for collaborating across circular value chains to accelerate action and the CE transition.
F. Circularity in Canada is inspired by cultural diversity, different worldviews, working with Indigenous Knowledge holders, and other lived experiences.
G. Canada has identified and supports trade and collaboration across borders as it relates to accelerating and harmonizing global circular economy efforts.
K. Policy in Canada (including regulation) has integrated circular economy principles and strategies across a broader set of issues beyond waste, including linking to Canada's climate / net zero goals, biodiversity / nature targets, as well as innovation and social agenda.
L. Procurement practices and tools are actively driving demand for more circular products and services across Canada.
M. Standards related to circular economy principles and best practices have been developed and widely referenced in Canadian policy, regulation, and codes.
N. The finance sector in Canada is able to advance its GHG emission reduction, nature-positive, social impact, and profitability goals through circular economy related investments and lending practices and programs.
O. Critical infrastructure gaps (of all types) have been identified and addressed to support an accelerated transition to a more circular economy in Canada.
P. Adequate funding exists to support the scale-up and deployment of CE innovation within communities across Canada (in connection with Theme 3 on Innovation).
What people are saying about the CE Action Plan
"A comprehensive framework and an important step towards creating a collaborative effort to advance circular economy efforts in Canada in a cohesive way."
“A very thoughtful, ambitious, and systematic plan.”
“Very glad to see consideration for small business.”
“I like that it incorporates research, applied research, and training… those will be key to building a circular economy.”