Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production

Release date: January 25, 2024
Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production
Description: Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Waste Diversion in Canada

In 2020, businesses and households diverted almost 10 million tonnes of materials from landfills, up 3.7% from 2018. Between 2018 and 2020, residential sources of diverted organics increased 10.2%. Total waste diverted per capita increased 1.1% between 2018 and 2020 to 261 kg per year.

Green Habits of Canadian Households in 2021

In 2021, 90% of households had at least one member who used their own refillable water bottle and among them, 85% always or often followed this habit. In 2021, 97% of households used their own bags or containers when grocery shopping and among them, 84% always or often followed this habit.

Zero-emission Vehicles

Annual registrationsNote 1 represent 8.2% (123,562) of all vehicles registered in 2022. On the road to the target of 10% by 2025.

Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Year (appearing as row headers), Number of zero-emission vehicles (appearing as column headers).
Year Number of zero-emission vehicles
2015 6,888
2022 123,562

Community Spotlight: Équiterre

Équiterre seeks to transform our production and consumption system with the principles of the circular economy and reducing waste at the source. It contributes to the emergence of solutions, the transformation of social norms and the adoption of public policies.

Waste reduction: Campaigns and studies on obsolescence and access to repair for appliances and electronics. A 2022 study found that only 19% of Canadians who had an appliance break in the last 2 years had it repaired.Note 2

Electric mobility: Awareness campaigns on electric mobility, with more than 45,000 electric car and electric bike test drives since 2018.

Food and agriculture: Support for the agri-food sector towards sustainable agricultural practices and increased procurement of environmentally responsible food.

Sources: Statistics Canada, Waste Management Industry Survey: Business Sector, 2020. Statistics Canada, Households and the Environment Survey, 2021. Statistics Canada, New Motor Vehicle Registration Survey, 2023. Équiterre, 2023.

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