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Baselining for a Circular Toronto

October 20, 2021
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What programmes, policies, partnerships and investments are necessary to put Toronto’s circular economy goals into action—and where should the city focus its efforts? The Baselining for a Circular Toronto study attempts to answer these questions. To build an understanding of how to transition from the linear ‘take-make-waste’ system to a circular economy, the City of Toronto, working with the David Suzuki Foundation and Circle Economy, has undertaken a study on the current state of circularity and resource use in Toronto.

Baselining for a Circular Toronto supports the City’s circular economy aspirations by establishing a baseline circularity analysis. This study will inform future City of Toronto work, including the development of a Circular Economy Road Map for Toronto.

Phase one of the project—the landscape analysis—assessed the current state of circularity in Toronto, and how this may help or hinder the ability to transition to a circular economy.


Phase two—the material flow analysis—modelled material consumption and disposal in three key economic sectors (waste management, construction, and the food system) and projected what future material consumption and waste generation could look like in 2030 if no action is taken.


Phase three—the final report—highlights key focus areas for Toronto’s circular transition, proposed an aspirational vision for what a circular Toronto could look like and identified the various partners that could contribute to making the vision a reality.

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