Circular North America

This work stream is focused on building a community of action to accelerate towards a more circular economy across the region, exploring supply chain and trade issues, and enhancing harmonization and synergies from activities across jurisdictions. Launched in Fall 2020, the track builds off a successful workshop event hosted by Environment and Climate Change Canada, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and is focused on:

  • Building a strong and interconnected community of thought leaders and change makers working to accelerate a more circular North America.
  • Examining the distinct policy, jurisdictional, cultural, economic, and industrial characteristics and factors that are shaping circular economies in our region.
  • Identifying the successes and learnings we can leverage and adapt from our partners abroad.
  • Accelerating the North American-made solutions that will help drive the global circular economy.

Previous Event Recordings

Publications, Blogs & Articles

  • Circular North America: Accelerating the Transition to a Thriving and Resilient Low-carbon Economy (author: Environment and Climate Change Canada). Read the Discussion Paper
  • The Circular Economy Revolution: From Helsinki to Toronto (author: Paul Shorthouse, CELC / The Delphi Group). Read the Blog
  • Getting to a Circular Economy: A Primer for Canadian Policymakers (author: SPI). Download the Policy Brief
  • The Circular Shift: Four Key Drivers of Circularity in North America (author: Closed Loop Partners).
    Download the Report
  • Advancing a Circular Economy in Canada: Tackling the Barriers Sector by Sector to Move the Dial (author: CELC, NZWC, and GLOBE Series). Download the Report


  • Platform for Accelerating Circular Economy
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

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