18 March 2021

Establishing a Centre of Excellence to advance the circular economy

Governments and private sector organisations recognise 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 organisations alike who recognise 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. 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

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. For more information visit