Canada at a Glance, 2022
Environment

Population and the environment

Did you know?

  • In 2018, 250,323 tonnes of plastic from residential sources were diverted from landfills and incinerators.
  • In 2019:
    • 22% of households were environmentally engaged, without pay, in activities aimed at conservation or protection of the environment or wildlife
    • 76% of households composted either kitchen or yard waste
    • the average amount of energy consumed per household was 90.5 gigajoules
    • Canada’s per capita household greenhouse gas emissions were 3.8 tonnes per person.
  • In 2021, 97% of households reported using their own bags or containers when grocery shopping.

Population and the environment… in numbers and pictures

Accounting for ecosystem change in Canada: Selected findings from Human Activity and the Environment, 2021

Canadian greenhouse gas emissions attributable to households, 2018

Chart 33 Potable water use in Canada

Data table for Chart 33 
Data table for chart 33
Table summary
This table displays the results of Data table for chart 33 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, calculated using litres per person per day units of measure (appearing as column headers).
2011 2013 2015 2017 2019
litres per person per day
Average daily total litres per capita 485 460 446 427 411
Average daily residential litres per capita 251 222 234 220 215

Businesses and the environment

Did you know?

  • Canadian businesses sold $19.5 billion worth of environmental and clean technology goods in 2020, while sales of related services accounted for $11.1 billion.
  • The value of the environmental and clean technology products sector in Canada was $67.5 billion in 2020, accounting for 3.3% of Canadian gross domestic product.
  • In 2020, 322,972 jobs were attributed to the environmental and clean technology sector in Canada.

Chart 34 Natural resource assets, 2011 to 2020

Data table for Chart 34 
Data table for chart 34
Table summary
This table displays the results of Data table for chart 34 Timber, Minerals and Energy, calculated using billions of dollars units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Timber MineralsData table for chart 33 Note 2 EnergyData table for chart 33 Note 1
billions of dollars
2011 127 349 769
2012 113 240 552
2013 163 184 541
2014 179 131 774
2015 176 120 83
2016 185 73 84
2017 245 131 386
2018 308 175 412
2019 186 172 460
2020 173 273 104

To learn more

Environment statistics (statcan.gc.ca)

 
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