A Buy Clean Roadmap for Canada

As Canada plans its post-COVID-19 economic recovery, it should focus on the ways it can create jobs and enhance economic competitiveness while accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy.

A Buy Clean approach—prioritizing the use of low-carbon construction materials in public and private infrastructure projects—is one of the best tools the government has to achieve these objectives. Additionally, many made-in-Canada materials—from cement and concrete, to wood, to steel and aluminum—are lower carbon than international competitors.

This policy brief outlines a “roadmap” for the federal government to develop and implement a Buy Clean approach to public procurement in Canada, while at the same time working to align our policy with the U.S. and other international partners.