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Who is EPR Canada?
EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) Canada is a not-for-profit organization formed
in the fall of 2011 by
who have been involved in EPR policies
and programs since they first began to take hold in this country in the 1990s. The goal of
is to foster continued growth and improvement of EPR policies, programs and
practices in Canada.
What EPR Canada seeks to accomplish with this EPR Report Card
The objectives in producing this first-of-its-kind report card on federal, provincial and
territorial EPR policies, programs and practices are two fold:
to encourage leadership, innovation, best practices and efficient and effective EPR
policy and program development, implementation, management and harmonization
across Canada; and
to encourage the evolution of product stewardship and partial EPR programs further
along the continuum towards full EPR (see chart below).
To those ends, this report card, based on responses to questions about 2011 activities, is
the first of five annual report cards to be published in support of advancing EPR across
the country.
What the EPR Report Card does NOT do
The EPR Report Card rates jurisdictions on their commitment to and their adoption and
implementation of EPR policies, regulations and programs.
It does not evaluate the waste
diversion and environmental performance achievements of each producer responsibility
and stewardship program
Basis of the EPR Report Card scoring
EPR Canada sent a survey questionnaire to the federal, the 10 provincial and the three
territorial governments in Canada asking them to answer the questions and return
the surveys. The questionnaire focused on government EPR policies and programs
because government legislation and actions play a central role in stimulating private
sector activity related to EPR program development, performance and monitoring. The
questionnaire allowed each jurisdiction to describe its EPR practices, achievements and
innovations, contributing to the development of this national picture of the use of EPR
regulatory instruments, policies and programs across the country. Using a standardized
assessment model, EPR Canada members evaluated each response and allocated scoring,
using the A, B, C grading system employed by most educational institutions. (See EPR
Canada Report Card Scoring on page 4).
Response rate
EPR Canada is pleased to report that the federal government, all 10 provinces and two of
the three territories submitted responses. As a result of their participation, this first-of-
its-kind report card reflects EPR regulatory activities across Canada in 2011.