June 25, 2020

The circular economy provides an alternative to the traditional linear ‘take-make-waste’ economy. Ideally, it is a sustainable, productive economic model that is financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable. It is characterized by highly efficient use of resources and a continuous recirculation of post-consumer materials while using renewable energy. It operates in a continually evolving cycle.

This report adapted by Sonia Cyrus Patel and Genevieve Donin builds on the quantitative methodology initially developed for Quebec in 2018 by Yves Richelle for L’Institut EDDEC. It presents a preliminary economic analysis to identify industries with a high potential to become more circular in Canada, its territories and provinces based on popular circular initiatives taking place globally.


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