Building Momentum

Building National Momentum for Canada’s Future

Reusable. Recyclable. Responsible.

At NOVA Chemicals, one of our top priorities is to make sustainable plastic products. We are working towards a zero plastic waste future through innovation and developing the plastics circular economy, driving decarbonization across our organization, promoting sustainable practices, and proactively and responsibly managing our operational impacts to air, water, land, and biodiversity.

View our 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report to read more about our ambition to build a circular economy for plastics >

Plastics are a vital part of Canadians’ lives. Our customers use the plastic resins we manufacture in applications ranging from packaging for food, water, and e-commerce, to medical supplies and recreational equipment and artificial turf.

We know that Canadians increasingly value plastic packaging benefits while seeking sustainable solutions, so we are always thinking differently about how to create better products that work for both people and the planet. We do this by investing in innovative circular economy solutions and technology, offering high-performance and recycle-ready resins, and providing best-in-class technical expertise to our customers.

Made in Canada Solutions

As a Canadian company with a long and positive track record in the communities where we operate, nearly 2,200 of our 2,450 global workforce is in Alberta and Ontario. NOVA Chemicals is always expanding and exploring how we can improve the well-being and growth of our employees and the communities where we live.

Part of our commitment as a Canadian company is supporting local communities — all while creating innovative, responsible plastic products that Canadians need.

NOVA Chemicals Expands Total COVID-19 Relief to US$1.25M with Additional Gifts

NOVA Chemicals provided US$1.25M to COVID-19-related supports across its operational regions as part of efforts to meaningfully give back to our neighbours and their communities.

NOVA Chemicals becomes lead corporate sponsor for the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Initiative

In 2020 NOVA Chemicals pledged its support as lead corporate sponsor to Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup, an initiative that aims to combine innovative capture and clean-up technologies to remove plastics from Canada’s Great Lakes and educate local communities about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

NOVA Chemicals Builds Community Trail

NOVA Chemicals opened an 89-hectare (220-acre) nature trail for community use near its Joffre Site in Alberta. The Nature Trail boasts five kilometres of looped trails, parking, a picnic area, small bridge crossings, an educational pollinator garden and bee hotel, reforestation, benches for resting, and interpretive signage.

The Community Nature Trail demonstrates how wildlife habitat, agricultural, industrial and recreational land uses can exist harmoniously together.

NOVA Chemicals Lead Sponsor of the YMCA’s ‘Project North’ and ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ Initiatives

Since 2016, NOVA Chemicals has proudly supported the local YMCA and its innovative leadership development program that creates change in young lives. Designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, the programs focus on experiential learning, teamwork, and collaboration.

NOVA Chemicals joins Canada Plastics Pact as Knowledge Partner to advance circular economy for plastics packaging in Canada

Several NOVA employees serve on committees and working groups of the Canada Plastics Pact to share our expertise and further the country’s progress in the plastics circular economy.
One of our experts is leading the CPP’s recycled content working group to increase end-market demand for sorted plastic packaging through the use of recycled polyethylene in new products.

NOVA Chemicals Supports Engineering Outreach Efforts at Western University

In 2022, NOVA Chemicals expanded its support of Western University with a new Indigenous Engineering Scholarship as well as support for summer camp programming geared towards local youth interested in engineering.

NOVA Chemicals employees Shape a Better World through annual United Way campaigns

For more than two decades, United Way has been NOVA Chemicals’ charity of choice.  In 2021, our Canadian United Way campaigns contributed almost CAD$1.5M toward taking care of our neighbours, with NOVA matching campaign pledges up to $5,000 per person. NOVA employees also volunteer close to 6,000 hours annually to United Way initiatives.

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Innovation that Moves
Canada Forward

Plastics are a significant part of Canadian life and in everyday items we need and use – from materials in our medical labs for essential care to advanced material solutions that improve the safety of our food. At NOVA Chemicals we are always investing in the development of leading technology and the people that make those solutions possible.

Innovating Today.

As leaders in innovation, we are constantly seeking new ways to work with our Canadian partners to create more innovative solutions, building real momentum and realizing our bold ambition to create a plastics circular economy and a low carbon, zero plastic waste future.

NOVA Chemicals and Enerkem Advance Commercialization of Made-in-Alberta Chemical Recycling Technology>

Training for Tomorrow.

As part of our commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for Canadian children, we work with charitable organizations like Let’s Talk Science to promote STEM learning in Canada. Through education we’re investing in the next generation of responsible, science-based innovators with Canada’s future in mind.

Read more about NOVA Chemicals $500,000 investment in STEM education for Canadian children through Let’s Talk Science >