National Construction and Demolition Circular Innovation Challenge 

Funding and Support Awarded to Circular Projects in the CRD Sector

In March 2023, COIL launched the National Construction and Demolition Circular Innovation Challenge to tackle the challenges of waste, pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss in Canada. COIL put the call out for new, innovative, climate-smart circular ideas in the construction, renovation & demolition (CRD) sector.

COIL’s national network is providing funding, mentorship and education for the top four applicants. Teams of 3+ organizations are prototyping 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 for the National Innovation Challenge are now closed.

National Challenge Finalists

Adaptis’ team will be looking at a tech solution to optimize material reuse and reduce waste generation during demolitions. Adaptis is partnering with METAFOR, Triovest, and the University of Waterloo for their project.

Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley’s team will be looking at source separation solutions on construction sites with redesigning bins and focusing on education and human behaviours to encourage separation. Biosphere is partnering with the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission, Bow Valley Builders and Developers Association and Clean Sweep Waste Removal for their project located in Canmore and Banff, AB.

Good Roads’ team will be researching the use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) for municipal gravel road applications. Good Roads is partnering with Municipal Engineers Association and the University of Waterloo for their project.

ReOsiris’ team will be developing a Low Energy Sorting System (LESS) as a new process for the reclamation of construction and demolition waste. ReOsiris is partnering with Assinck Ltd. and Cambrian College.

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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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