Why a Circular Economy?

Imagine a world without waste: a circular economy

  • A regenerative economy that thrives within nature’s limits
  • Circular products and materials designed for multiple lives and repeated profitable cycles of reuse, repair and recycling.
  • Efficient production and consumption powered by closed-loop manufacturing, renewable resources and low-carbon energy.

This world is not only possible. It’s inevitable, and it represents the economic opportunity of the century.

recognizes collaborative approaches are needed to accelerate this transition

New processes & technologies

New products & services

New systems, partnerships & value chains

We are asking

How can we work together to accelerate the transition to a circular economy in Ontario?

We require a diversity of perspectives and contributions to generate breakthrough results:

  • New programs, projects or initiatives
  • New standards or certifications
  • New networks or partnerships
  • New insights, stories or case studies
  • New public policies or processes, or
  • Game-changing new business models, products or services

CEIL Timeline

  • Phase I

  • Phase II

  • Phase III

  • Phase IV

  • Phase I

    June 2016 to February 2017

    Building the Lab

    Phase I will lay the foundation for the Lab through a combination of research, workshops, training and engagement activities, including a Rapid Lab on printed paper and packaging materials.

  • Phase II

    March 2017 to December 2018

    Designing Shared Priorities

    Phase II, III and IV will expand the conversation through a Fellowship program, additional Rapid Labs and the development of workshops, events and tools for businesses, governments and the general public. Fellows will be recruited from across Ontario for a year-long intensive process to co-develop and test circular economy solutions.

  • Phase III

    January 2019 to December 2020

    Accelerating Action

    Phase II, III and IV will expand the conversation through a Fellowship program, additional Rapid Labs and the development of workshops, events and tools for businesses, governments and the general public. Fellows will be recruited from across Ontario for a year-long intensive process to co-develop and test circular economy solutions.

  • Phase IV

    January 2021 to December 2021

    Making the Leap

    Phase II, III and IV will expand the conversation through a Fellowship program, additional Rapid Labs and the development of workshops, events and tools for businesses, governments and the general public. Fellows will be recruited from across Ontario for a year-long intensive process to co-develop and test circular economy solutions.