Addressing finance risk and infrastructure gaps to support investment in circular economy business and activities.

Finance and investment are critical enablers for the circular economy, mobilizing capital to support business and community efforts while addressing critical infrastructure gaps. Engaging with financial institutions, addressing risks, and improving returns will take a coordinated effort, but must be aligned with business and community priorities.

CELC is working to identify key risks for investors, help financial institutions better understand the needs of circular businesses to enhance lending, investment solutions, and financing options (e.g., microloans, low-interest loans, innovative leasing, etc.), and expand sustainable finance taxonomy work in Canada to include circular economy considerations.

Related to this, CELC released a Guidance Document on Financing the Circular Economy in 2024, developed in collaboration with UNEP FI, Ivey School of Business, Delphi Group, and several Canadian banks and credit union partners.

Work is also underway to identify critical infrastructure to support the circular economy and the potential funding and investment sources to address gaps.


  • Blog
  • Feb 14, 2024

New guidance document provides first step towards implementing circular finance in Canada

Some of Canada’s largest financial institutions and leading circular economy experts have collaborated to launch Financing the Circular Economy: A…

  • Guest Blog
  • Sep 17, 2021

Scaling the Circular Economy in Canada: The role of the finance sector

Guest blog by Elizabeth Shirt, Managing Director, GLOBE Series, in collaboration with UNEP FI As we all struggle though another…


  • Nov 10, 2022

Knowledge Series: Funding for Circular Initiatives in Canada

Date / Time: Thursday, November 10th, 2022, 9:30-11:00am PT / 12:30-2:00 ET (90 minutes) VIRTUAL EVENT Organizers: Circular Economy Leadership…

  • Sep 15, 2021

Financing the Circular Transition

Held on September 15, 2021 Click here to view the recorded event. Summary report available here. Organizers: This WCEF2021 Accelerator event was…