Establishing a Centre of Excellence to Advance the Circular Economy


(Toronto, ON, March 3, 2021) – Governments and private sector organizations recognize the opportunity to influence markets to advance Canada’s circular economy by leveraging their immense buying power. To support collective understanding and increased collaboration across the value chain Recycling Council of Ontario | Circular Innovation Council is pleased to present to accelerate Canada’s path to greater circularity.

This new Centre of Excellence showcases a global depth of information for professionals across a variety of functions and industries to access and support circular procurement: guidance and best practice, business models, policies and frameworks, tools, and case studies from around the world and for various spend categories.

“Circular procurement is a direct instrument that will accelerate Canada’s transition from a linear to a circular economy that focuses on the full value of goods, services, public works, and infrastructure investments. It provides support and a place of collaboration for governments and private sector organizations alike who recognize an opportunity to use their buying power to achieve their broader economic, environmental, and social objectives simultaneously,” says Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario | Circular Innovation Council.
“This is an opportunity to engage markets to reconsider modes of consumption and production to deliver on common goals to reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste, and support local and diverse economies while building our resilience and competitiveness.” gathers information to educate, inspire, and empower buyers and sellers alike across a variety of interests to leverage procurement and ignite a circular economy:

Public Sector (Federal, Provincial, Municipal, Government Agencies):

  • Procurement and supply chain functions/professionals
  • Departments heads
  • Senior management and elected officials
  • Public buying consortiums and agencies

Public Service Departments:

  • Procurement/Purchasing
  • Finance/Budgeting
  • Legal
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Waste and Recycling

Category Purchasers and Suppliers / Vendors:

  • Textiles
  • Facility Services / Building Maintenance
  • Information Technology
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Office and Furniture Supplies
  • Food and Catering Services

“As supply of circular products and service delivery continue to expand so will the breadth and scope of We have created a collaborative platform to grow alongside demand for circularity that will benefit buyers and vendors. We encourage everyone to share and submit resources that will add to our body of knowledge to support our journey to the circular economy.”

About Circular Innovation Council

Circular Innovation Council – originally established as Recycling Council of Ontario in 1978 – believes solutions for greater resource efficiency is to advance the circular economy, which decouples economic activity from the consumption of finite resources. By putting circular economy concepts into action through collaboration and inclusion we discover solutions through circular business models that design waste out of production and consumption.

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