– The Canadian Circular Cities and Regions Network: Fostering the Role of Local Governments in Catalyzing the Shift towards a Circular Economy


In 2021, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the National Zero Waste Council, the Alberta Recycling Council and RECYC-QUÉBEC are partnering to launch a Circular Cities and Regions pilot project to develop and strengthen the capacity of the municipal sector in Canada; and to equip local governments with the knowledge, tools and research to accelerate the integration of a circular approach in their jurisdictions.

Multiple research studies have shown that local governments can play different roles in supporting the circular economy, as a complement to the traditional approach to waste management, notably around 4 forms of interventions:

– Research and education

– Support and collaboration

– Procurement and operations

– Planning and regulation

With innovation, collaboration and leadership emerging in Canada, there is real potential to move the circular economy up the national agenda by making municipalities key players with communities and public and private organizations. The Circular Cities and Regions project supports knowledge sharing and capacity building among Canadian local governments.

Come and learn more about this pan-Canadian initiative and discover how municipalities can integrate a circular approach to their activities.

Research/study conducted Pilot project conducted jointly with the National Zero Waste Council, the Alberta Recycling Council and RECYC-QUÉBEC.

Research/Study carried out with the cooperation of: National Zero Waste Council and the Alberta Recycling Council