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Zero waste initiative to help cities embrace a post-pandemic circular economy

A green earth circular economy
Fifteen Canadian municipalities selected to participate in a new P2P network focusing on job creation and sustainable living.

Fifteen local governments have been selected to participate in the Canadian Circular Cities & Regions Initiative's (CCRI) peer-to-peer (P2P) network, designed to promote job creation and sustainable practices in the post-pandemic economy.

The CCRI is a one-year national pilot developed by the National Zero Waste Council, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund, the Recycling Council of Alberta and RECYC-QUÉBEC, to provide local governments in Canada with the knowledge and tools needed to accelerate circular economy solutions.

The CCRI will be a venue for community members to learn and share best practices for implementing circular economy strategies and policies. They will have access to one-on-one mentoring and support from advisors representing leading Canadian and international leaders and practitioners. Through peer-to-peer exchange and direct interaction with subject matter experts, local governments will be able to develop their own unique circular economy roadmaps for their communities.

The CCRI and its project partners welcome the following local governments to the P2P network:

  • Whitehorse (YK)
  • Region of York (ON)
  • Nanaimo (BC)
  • Montréal (QC)
  • Chapais (QC)
  • St. John's (NL)
  • Mississauga (ON)
  • Richmond (BC)
  • Sherbrooke (QC)
  • Calgary (AB)
  • New Glasgow (NS)
  • Saskatoon (SK)
  • Vancouver (BC)
  • Gatineau (QC)
  • Canmore (AB)

Accelerating the transition to a circular economy is recognized as an opportunity for new jobs and environmental sustainability — at a time when governments and communities are in critical need of both. 

As the Canadian economy rebounds from the COVID-19 downturn, the circular economy provides a framework for achieving climate action commitments and nurturing a prosperous and equitable future for residents and businesses.

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