National Construction and Demolition Circular Innovation Challenge 

Up to $90,000 in Funding and Support for Circularity in the CRD Sector

COIL is looking for new, innovative, climate-smart circular ideas in the construction, renovation & demolition (CRD) sector. To tackle the challenges of waste, pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss in Canada, COIL has launched the National Construction and Demolition Circular Innovation Challenge

COIL’s national network will provide funding, mentorship and education for the top applicants. Teams of 3+ organizations will have the opportunity to prototype their idea, innovation or approach, and one successful team will move forward in a 6-month pilot project to demonstrate the viability and scalability of their idea.

Applications are due by April 21, 2023 at 8pm ET

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Program Details

  • Teams of 3+ organizations submit a new idea, innovation or approach to accelerate circularity in the construction, renovation and demolition (CRD) sector with the potential to scale industry-wide to drive system-level change
  • Teams accepted to prototype phase will receive:
    • $15,000 of funding to prototype solution
    • Six (6) hours of mentorship support
    • Ad hoc circular economy and project support
    • Access to COIL circular economy education curriculum
    • Access to COIL network of circular economy thought- and action-leaders
  • Teams pitch their respective prototype to a panel of CE and CRD professionals for the chance to receive up to an additional $75,000 in funding to pilot a demonstration project of their idea, innovation or solution for up to six months

Key 2023 Program Dates


Information Sessions                March 16 and April 6 | 12pm ET

Applications Due                        April 21 | 8pm ET

Prototype Phase                        May – August

Demonstration Pilot Project    Up to 6 months starting Aug/Sept

How does it work?


Infographic showing the steps for the C&D challenge: apply, selection, prototype, pitch, and demonstration.

Primary program funding:

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Additional funding:

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Regional funding:

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Mentorship provided by:

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In-kind support:

Program presenters:

Supporting partner logos for the C&D Challenge: Vancouver Economic Commission, City of Guelph, County of Wellington, Halifax Partnership.

Any Questions?

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