Canadian Council of Ministers
of the Environment

Le Conseil canadien des ministres
de l'environnement

Current Priorities


Environment ministers are committed to taking action within their jurisdictions and through CCME to improve Canada’s record on reducing and recycling waste. In September 2014 environment ministers adopted a vision for waste: Canada is a world leader in waste management. To ensure that vision is realized, in 2018 ministers endorsed the Aspirational Canada-wide Waste Reduction Goal and approved in principle the Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste (the Strategy). In 2019 ministers approved the Canada-wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste: Phase 1 as a first step toward implementing the Strategy.

CCME’s current priorities on waste are to increase waste reduction and resource recovery, contribute to the transition toward a circular economy in Canada, and promote approaches that shift responsibility from taxpayers to producers and users by:

  • Implementing phase 1 of the action plan on zero plastic waste
  • developing phase 2 of the action plan on zero plastic waste
  • facilitating consistent EPR programs for plastics through the development of guidance.

The delivery of waste reduction and recovery activities is coordinated by CCME's Waste Reduction and Recovery Committee (WRRC).

CCME resources on waste can be found here.


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Zero Plastic Waste

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