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Windup Plan

On August 15, 2019, the Honourable Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directed the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) and Stewardship Ontario (SO) to, amongst other things, develop a plan to windup the existing Blue Box Program Plan (BBPP) and the CIF as soon as practical and by no later than December 31, 2025. In light of the Minister’s direction and recognizing the operation of the CIF is a requirement of Section 6.6 of the BBPP, RPRA requested that the CIF submit recommendations regarding the windup of its operations.

Communications & Updates

March 27, 2020. CIF Committee approved release of a draft windup plan

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the CIF Committee approved release of a draft windup plan for the CIF, for consideration as part of the upcoming consultation process for the BBPP windup.

April 3, 2020. Blog post: Draft Final CIF Windup Plan released for consultation

April 14, 2020. Deadline for Proposed Blue Box Program Windup Plan Extended

In a direction letter dated April 3, 2020, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks extended the deadline for submission of Stewardship Ontario‘s (SO) proposed Blue Box Program Windup Plan to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) from June 30 to August 31, 2020. The recently released Draft Final CIF Windup Plan has been amended accordingly and re-posted below. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to review the document and provide your thoughts to CIF, SO or RPRA staff.

October 2, 2020. RPRA Consultation on Blue Box Program Wind-Up and Transition to IPR now underway

The Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) has begun consultations on Stewardship Ontario’s (SO) proposed plan to wind-up the Blue Box Program and transition it to the new Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) framework. Full details are at RPRA.ca.

October 16, 2020. Webinar consultation session on CIF Windup Plan

Managing Director of the CIF, Mike Birett, presented on the CIF Windup Plan, as part of RPRA’s consultation process.


The draft plan lays out a timeline to windup the CIF in accordance with the Minister’s directives and amends the CIF’s strategic plan for operation of the Fund prior to, and during, windup in a manner that is intended to meet the needs of its stakeholders without interfering with the timely windup of the Fund. The plan outlines key considerations used to develop the proposed windup timeline such as the need to fulfill existing contractual obligations and provide support to municipalities preparing to transition their programs.

The plan’s timeline currently proposes to:

  • Cease provision of grants as of September 30, 2021;
  • Continue delivery of transitional and program support services with emphasis being placed on transitional support activities up until December 31, 2023;
  • Cease public operations on December 31, 2023; and
  • Initiate a windup of the CIF’s operations in 2024 with an expectation that such activities will be completed by no later than June 30, 2024.

A new governance model for the operation of the CIF is proposed to take effect upon gazetting of the new program regulation. The plan also provides for the disbursal of any remaining CIF funds up to, and upon, termination of the Fund.


Consultation open for feedback until November 10, 2020.

The RPRA has begun consultations on Stewardship Ontario’s (SO) proposed plan to wind-up the Blue Box Program and transition it to the new Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) framework. Full details are at RPRA.ca.

On October 16, Managing Director of the CIF, Mike Birett, presented on the CIF Windup Plan, as part of RPRA’s consultation process.

Send in your feedback

  • Do you support the strategy or have any suggestions?
  • Does the timeline work for you?
  • Is the disbursal of funds appropriate?

Please ensure you provide your comments about the CIF Windup Plan in writing to CIF or RPRA by no later than 5 p.m. on November 10, 2020. Feedback received on or before the deadline will be considered by CIF Committee as part of its final recommendations to RPRA.

Questions & Answers
A steward requested additional detail regarding exactly how much stewards have contributed to the CIF since its inception.

The CIF uses a proportion of the funds provided to municipalities under the BBPP to support projects intended to improve program performance.  As of the end of 2019, $66.7M has been contributed to the CIF.