In Canada, there are over 80 provincial stewardship programs for products ranging from used oil, electronics and paint to pharmaceuticals, beverages and service packaging — and more are in the planning stages. Each province has developed a different policy framework for product stewardship. Some have evolved organically while others have introduced a framework by design. Most have enabling legislation with material-specific regulations. The following table outlines the regulatory authority of each of the provincial packaging and printed paper stewardship programs supported by CSSA:
|Regulatory Framework||British Columbia||Saskatchewan||Manitoba||Ontario|
|Legislation||Environmental Management Act||The Environmental Management & Protection Act||The Waste Reduction & Prevention Act||Waste Diversion Transition Act|
|Regulation||BC Recycling Regulation||The Household Packaging & Paper Stewardship Program Regulations||Packaging & Printed Paper Stewardship Regulation||The Blue Box Waste Regulation|
|Stewardship Organizations with Government Approved Program Plans||Recycle BC||Multi-Material Stewardship Western||Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba||Stewardship Ontario|
|Steward Obligation Share||100%||75%||80%||50%|
|Year of Program Implementation||2014||2016||2010||2004|
*On November 30th 2016, the Ontario Government proclaimed the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (WDTA) which replaces the Waste Diversion Act (WDA). Under the WDTA, Stewards will assume full producer responsibility for obligated materials distributed to consumers in Ontario. As of this Guidebook update in January 2018, timing and process for the transition to full producer responsibility has not yet been finalized.