Circular Built Environment

Construction is one of the most important economic sectors in Canada, generating $141 billion in GDP in 2020. Simultaneously, Canada’s construction sector generates more than 4 million tonnes of waste per year – with much of the value from these waste materials and resources currently being lost from Canada’s economy at end of life.

A circular built environment for Canada can generate multiple benefits, including reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions; improving the resiliency of supply chains; creating new economic, investment, and employment opportunities; enhancing natural ecosystems and urban green spaces; and providing greater equity and related social benefits.

This work stream goes beyond a focus on construction waste to encompass the entire built environment and real estate ecosystem in Canada, linking existing efforts together and going deeper on emerging topics that require further research and investigation. The intended final outcome of this process will be the creation of a ‘playbook’ of actions, partnerships, and opportunities to generate new value for industry across the country.

Previous Event Recordings

Publications, Blogs & Articles

  • Making the Business Case for Advancing a Low-carbon, Circular Built Environment. World Circular Economy Forum 2021 Accelerator Session Summary Report (author: CELC). Read the Summary Report.
  • Circular Economy & the Built Environment Sector in Canada (author: CELC / The Delphi Group). Read the Report
  • Circular Economy Global Sector Best Practices Series: Construction Sector Chapter (author: SPI). Read the Report

Partners & Sponsors

  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Forestry Innovation Investment
  • Vancouver Economic Commission
  • City of Vancouver
  • National Zero Waste Council
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Lafarge Canada

Circular infrastructure survey – Where do we stand as infrastructure stakeholders?

Share your feedback and help guide a sustainable future

Circular Economy Leadership Canada invites you to participate in our circular infrastructure survey that aims to inform future work on enabling pathways to a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive future through circular infrastructure.

By participating in this 5-10 minute survey, developed in consultation with the Global Infrastructure Hub, your feedback will help raise awareness of the level of maturity of circular infrastructure and potential opportunities that are being pursued within the infrastructure ecosystem.


We invite you to participate in the survey at the link below. This survey is open to everyone until January 31, 2022.

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