On February 4, 2021, the Authority received a letter from the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directing it to establish an Industry Advisory Council under S.30 of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.

The Council represents a cross-section of the regulated producer community and is made up of 11 members appointed by the Authority in consultation with industry and the Ministry.

As outlined in the direction letter, the role and purpose of the Council is to:

  • Provide advice and feedback to the Authority during the business planning process
  • Provide feedback on matters the Authority is consulting on
  • Provide feedback on other matters as determined by the Council
  • Other matters relating to the Authority’s objects as specified by the Minister

The Council does not:

  • Make decisions pertaining to the operations and finances of the Authority
  • Discuss specific compliance matters so as not to interfere with the independence of the Registrar
  • Comment on government decision-making related to legislative, regulatory or policy changes

The Council is co-chaired by Tom Wright, member of the Authority’s Board of Directors, and Carol Hochu, President and CEO of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC). Membership is currently made of representatives from the following organizations:

  • Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC)
  • Canadian Beverage Association (CBA)
  • Retail Council of Canada (RCC)
  • Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada (FHCPC)
  • Canadian Consumer and Special Products Association (CCSPA)
  • Electronic Products Stewardship Canada (EPSC)
  • National Equipment Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB)
  • News Media Canada (NMC) / Ontario Community Newsprint Association (OCNA)
  • Global Automakers of Canada (GAC)
  • Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)

The Authority established the Service Producer Advisory Group (SPAG) in 2019 in order to establish a forum to solicit advice from service providers in the waste management sector on the Authority’s work.

The role and purpose of the SPAG is to:

  • Provide an opportunity for service provider stakeholders to engage directly with the Authority on activities that affect service providers
  • Explore opportunities to use service provider expertise to support the Authority’s implementation work
  • Provide advice and feedback to the Authority during the business planning process
  • Provide feedback on matters the Authority is consulting on
  • Allow stakeholders to raise issues for discussion
  • Identify implementation issues that could require ad hoc working groups

The SPAG, however, does not:

  • Make decisions related to the Authority’s operations and finances
  • Does not engage in discussions on specific compliance matters
  • Discuss company-specific issues
  • Debate Ministry policy decisions
  • Create and execute on projects
  • Act as the only or sole conduit for dialogue between the Authority and service provider stakeholders

The SPAG membership is currently made of representatives from the following businesses and organizations:

  • Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
  • Bluewater Recycling Association
  • Brendar Environmental
  • City of Toronto
  • eCycle Solutions
  • Emterra
  • GFL
  • Loop Recycled Products
  • Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC)
  • Ontario Waste Management Association
  • Pnewko Brothers
  • Raw Materials Company (RMC)
  • Region of Peel