Canadian Council of Ministers
of the Environment

Le Conseil canadien des ministres
de l'environnement

Current Priorities

Cumulative Effects

A healthy environment is essential for economic growth and sustainable communities. Managing for cumulative effects is an emerging approach for many Canadian jurisdictions, which acknowledges that our airsheds, watersheds and landscapes have a finite carrying capacity.

In 2014 CCME developed a set of Canada-wide definitions and principles for cumulative effects. Building on these definitions and principles, CCME’s current priority is to determine the key elements of an effective cumulative effects monitoring regime and use them to develop CCME guidance for standardized indicators of cumulative effects and measurements of ecosystem health.

The delivery of cumulative effects activities is coordinated by CCME's Cumulative Effects Working Group.

CCME resources on cumulative effects can be found here.