Canada to Host the 2020 World Circular Economy Forum

Connector Spring 2019

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, announced on June 4, 2019 that Canada will host the 2020 World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2020), in partnership with Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra. Canada has already started building a circular economy that benefits people, the economy and the environment.

The WCEF2020 will be the first large-scale international event to bring circular economy leaders to North America. It will be an opportunity for Canada to showcase its talent on the world stage. Canadian innovators will work with international counterparts to find new opportunities and groundbreaking solutions that can transform would-be landfill into new products and new business opportunities. Working together, Canada and its partners will build strong, sustainable economies at home and abroad.

A circular economy moves away from a “take, make and dispose” way of doing business to one where goods are produced, distributed, and consumed in a way that retains the value of products and resources for as long as possible. Canadians are seizing the opportunity and new policies are beginning to support the circular economy, accelerating our transition.

At WCEF2020, Canada will bring together business and thought leaders from around the world, sharing ideas about how, together, innovative product design and business models will help us reuse and remanufacture materials, and create new economic opportunities, creating the clean jobs of the future.

The World Circular Economy Forum 2019 is taking place June 3-5, 2019, in Helsinki, Finland. The WCEF2020 will be the first time the Forum is held in North America. More information on conference details will be available in the coming months.

For further information, contact Sabrina Kim, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819.743.7138,

Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada