Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) consists of the 14 federal, provincial, and territorial ministers of environment. This intergovernmental forum meets at least once a year to discuss collective action on environmental issues of national and international concern.

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2019 Meeting of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

On June 27, Gordon Wilson, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment, hosted the Council of Ministers (COM) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

At this year’s meeting, ministers released Phase One of the Canada-wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste. This plan outlines coordinated actions to implement the Canada-Wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste, which ministers launched in November 2018.

Improving air quality is one of the priorities of the CCME. Ministers continued their efforts toward this goal by reviewing and endorsing a new Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standard (CAAQS) for ozone for the year 2025. Increasingly stringent standards will drive continuous improvement in air quality across Canada, better protecting the health of Canadians and sensitive ecosystems.

At the meeting, ministers also unveiled the new web-based progress report on the Canada-Wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent. The Council of Ministers had endorsed the Strategy in 2009 to address common pollutants found in most wastewater discharges to protect the health of Canadians and the environment. Since then, municipal wastewater effluent has significantly improved.

At the end of proceedings, Minister Wilson transferred the CCME presidency to Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Minister of Environment, who will host the 2020 COM meeting.

The meeting concluded another productive year of federal, provincial, and territorial governments working together on environmental issues.

Highlights from 2018 meeting

At last year’s meeting, ministers discussed a Canada-wide strategy on zero plastic waste. They agreed to continue to work with all levels of government, Indigenous communities, industry, and other stakeholders to develop an action plan to reduce plastic waste and pollution over the coming year.

They also approved in principle a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Mutual Aid for Environmental Emergencies.

Minister McKenna served as the President of the Council of Ministers from November 2017 to November 2018 when she passed the presidency to Nova Scotia.

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