CCME enjoys the comparative advantage of undertaking work that no one else can do, or work to which it can provide a unique contribution or is particularly suited.
CCME does not duplicate the efforts of others. Items on the CCME agenda must be Canada-wide and intergovernmental in nature, and of interest to a significant portion of CCME member jurisdictions. To focus its resources and make real progress, CCME limits its agenda to a small number of issues per year.
CCME’s current strategic priorities are:
- Facilitate interjurisdictional cooperation on climate change mitigation and adaptation including collaborative actions to implement the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
- Increase waste reduction and resource recovery and contribute to the transition toward a circular economy in Canada by implementing the Canada-wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste.
- Develop and implement the Air Quality Management System.
- Support evidence-based policy making through developing and maintaining Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines for water and soil.
CCME also continues a broad range of other important work, including:
- Ensure that Canadians have access to clean, safe and sufficient water to meet their needs in ways that also maintain the integrity of ecosystems, including monitoring implementation of the Canada-wide Strategy for Municipal Wastewater Effluent.
- Increase jurisdictional capacity to manage contaminated sites.
- Reporting on Canada-wide Standards.