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.

2021 Meeting of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

On December 13, New Brunswick’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Gary Crossman, hosted the virtual Council of Ministers meeting.

During this year’s meeting, ministers and delegates shared their respective updates on climate action and discussed opportunities to collaborate and advance national climate issues. They also shared updates on implementing the Canada-wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Wasteand renewed their commitment to a unified approach to extended producer responsibility policies for plastics in support of a circular economy.

Prior to the meeting, the ministers met with Leaders from the Assembly of First Nations and the Métis National Council to discuss challenges and opportunities from climate change and a green economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, and support for Indigenous climate leadership.Footnote 1 

The co-chairs of the independent Net-Zero Advisory Body also gave the ministers a presentation on their first publication, Net-Zero Pathways: Initial Observations, and their forward-looking priorities.

During the meeting, Minister Guilbeault spoke about the Government of Canada’s progress on the commitments in the strengthened climate plan and the effort to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. He shared updates on the proposed National Adaptation Strategy that would help guide future steps to protect communities from the devastating effects of climate change throughout the country. Minister Guilbeault also briefed participants on Canada’s international actions on climate change at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) held earlier this fall, the country’s updated emissions reduction target (Nationally Determined Contribution or NDC) of 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, and federal support for clean technology.

At the end of the meeting, Minister Crossman transferred the CCME presidency to Yukon’s Minister of Environment, the Honourable Nils Clarke, who will host the 2022 meeting.

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