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 with the environment in their portfolios. This intergovernmental forum meets at least once a year to discuss collective action on national and international environmental issues.

Visit the Council of Ministers website for more information.

2020 Meeting of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

On July 23, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Environment, the Honourable Dustin Duncan, hosted the virtual Council of Ministers (COM) meeting.

As the country continues to face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, ministers devoted a large portion of this year’s meeting to discussing strategies to bring about a green economic recovery. They also released the second and final phase of the Canada-wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste. With both phases now released, the plan sets out a coordinated approach to implement the Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste, which ministers launched in November 2018. During the round table, Minister Wilkinson provided updates on the Government of Canada’s plans to create the Canada Water Agency, its commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, and its further work on the national climate plan at home and abroad. He also shared federal perspectives and plans for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and how adapting to climate change and transitioning to a low-carbon and circular economy could contribute to Canada’s recovery efforts.

At the end of the meeting, Minister Duncan transferred the CCME presidency to New Brunswick’s Minister of Environment and Local Government, the Honourable Jeff Carr, who will host the 2021 COM meeting.

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

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