Canadian Council of Ministers
of the Environment

Le Conseil canadien des ministres
de l'environnement

Current Priorities

Extended Producer Responsibility

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy approach in which a producer's responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product's life cycle.

On October 29, 2009, the Council of Ministers approved a Canada-wide Action Plan for Extended Producer Responsibility (CAP-EPR) and a Canada-wide Strategy for Sustainable Packaging.

CCME is continuing work on the Canada-wide Action Plan for Extended Producer Responsibility including:

  • Working with stakeholders to achieve greater consistency on key elements of EPR programs: product lists for EPR materials, definitions, program monitoring and reporting metrics, and auditing protocols 
  • In collaboration with industry, identifying opportunities and sharing best practices for implementing EPR in northern and remote areas
  • Gathering information on the management of construction, renovation and demolition waste.

CCME resources on extended producer responsibility can be found here.