October 24, 2019

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) has become an instrumental part of waste management policy in Canada. By making producers more responsible for the waste generated from their products and materials, EPR policies can provide incentives to improve the life-cycle performance of how products are designed, manufactured, and managed as waste. This discussion paper provides an overview of EPR programs in Canada and assesses how EPR programs can be improved moving forward.


The Clean Economy Working Paper Series disseminates findings of ongoing environmental and clean economy work conducted by researchers from a range of disciplines. These working papers are meant to make results of relevant scholarly work available in a preliminary form. Although these papers have not undergone a peer-review process, they meet general standards of scholarly excellence. The views expressed in these working papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart Prosperity Institute.