Canada’s agri-food industry—which includes all the enterprises that produce, sell, and deliver food—is one of Canada’s most important economic sectors. At the same time, the value of food lost or wasted every year in Canada is estimated to be worth $49 billion.


Circular economy principles applied to Canada’s agri-food system can help to address the food loss and waste issue while generating multiple co-benefits, including enhancing food security and the resiliency of supply chains; creating new economic, investment, and employment opportunities; reducing pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; improving nutrient cycling and restored biodiversity; and providing greater equity and related social benefits.


While various circular food related efforts and initiatives are underway across Canada, existing efforts are fragmented, often by sector as well as geography.  CELC’s Circular Food Systems work stream is collaborating with partners (see partner list below) to go beyond the focus on food waste to encompass the entire agri-food value chain and ecosystem in Canada, linking existing efforts from a broad set of stakeholders together and going deeper on emerging topics that require further research and investigation (view the Summary Report from CELC’s Circular Food Systems workshop in collaboration with the National Zero Waste Council and others).

CELC is also working with the Canadian Alliance for Net-Zero Agrifood (CANZA) to identify circular food economy and resource recovery opportunities within Canada that are place-based, allowing communities large and small, urban and rural, and from coast to coast to coast, to connect in alignment with their food and place-based identities.


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  • Apr 28, 2022

Scaling Circular Food Systems in Canada: Stakeholder Workshop

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Driving Economic and Social Innovation with the Circular Food Economy

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