A spirit of inventiveness, innovation, and curiosity has propelled Québec in establishing itself as a circular economy leader. This experience is invaluable for all that are similarly seeking to transition from an unsustainable, wasteful linear economic system to one that reduces waste, captures value, fosters prosperity, and nurtures wellbeing within the planetary boundaries. Québec is distinguishing itself as one of the most advanced regions in circularity in North America. This report highlights the key lessons of the Québec experience between 2014 and 2020.
For the first time, this landmark report brings key learnings from the Québec experience to the rest of Canada with the hope that this deep look can catalyze other places in their own transition to a circular economy. It is for everyone who is interested in playing a role in building a new economy and a resilient society. The richness of perspectives included, and the depth of research undertaken in consolidating the findings that follow, offer new and interesting learnings for individuals across many organizations and jurisdictions. Academics, researchers, corporate leaders, community leaders, policymakers at all levels of government, practitioners, communicators, and others will find real-world guidance that can inform their respective role in shifting to a circular economy.
Spanning the years from 2014 to 2020, five sections and two case studies describe the research, partnerships, education, and storytelling – as well as the building of relationships and communities – that are essential to co-creating a circular economy. The insights and recommendations found throughout the report are meant to be thoughtfully considered, and then adapted to regional contexts, recognizing both the distinct needs – but also the interconnectedness – of different places.