2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Supplementary Information Tables

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2013–2016 presents the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. In keeping with the objectives of the Act to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada supports the implementation of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy through the activities in this supplementary information table.

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy presents the results for Theme I – Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality, Theme II – Maintaining Water Quality and Availability, Theme III – Protecting Nature and Canadians, and Theme IV – Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government.

2. Themes I to III: Department-Led Targets

Themes I to III: Department-Led Targets
Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Goal Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Performance Indicator Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Target Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Performance Status
Goal 3: Water Quality and Water Quantity – Protect and enhance water so that it is clean, safe and secure for all Canadians and supports healthy ecosystems Water quality and soil quality agri-environmental performance metrics Target 3.10: Agri-Environmental Performance Metrics
Achieve a value between 81–100 on each of the Water Quality and Soil Quality Agri-Environmental Performance Metrics by March 31, 2030
The Agri-Environmental Indicator Report No. 4 is expected to be published in early 2016
Goal 5: Biological Resources – Efficient economic and ecological use of resources – Production and consumption of biological resources are sustainable Wildlife habitat capacity on farmland Target 5.4: Sustainable Agriculture
By 2020, agricultural working landscapes provide a stable or improved level of biodiversity and habitat capacity
The Agri-Environmental Indicator Report No. 4 is expected to be published in early 2016
Goal 5: Biological Resources – Efficient economic and ecological use of resources – Production and consumption of biological resources are sustainable Environmental farm planning on agricultural land Target 5.4: Sustainable Agriculture
By 2020, agricultural working landscapes provide a stable or improved level of biodiversity and habitat capacity
95% of farms with environment plans (based on 2011 Farm Environmental Management Survey results) have indicated that Beneficial Management Practices have been partially or fully implemented. This confirms that producers are taking action to mitigate on-farm environmental risks, reflecting their ongoing stewardship ethic

3. Themes I to III: Implementation Strategies

Link to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Program Alignment Architecture

Strategic Outcome 2: An innovative and sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector
Program 2.1: Science, Innovation, Adoption and Sustainability
Sub-Program 2.1.2: Research Accelerating Innovation

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
1.1.12: Conduct targeted research to increase knowledge of climate change relative to agriculture and assess and report on the collective environmental and economic impact of the adoption of sustainable agriculture practices by farmers on the Canadian landscape

Description of the Implementation Strategy: This Growing Forward 2 (agricultural policy framework) program is designed to address emerging science-based requirements of the Canadian agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector by generating and providing access to scientific knowledge that helps the industry to: identify and mitigate risks to agriculture and agri-food production; enhance the safety of the food system; sustainably increase its productivity to improve its bottom line through more efficient use of inputs; enhance the resilience of the sector to a changing climate; and to capture market opportunities. Objectives of this program include: conduct innovative research to understand key challenges and opportunities facing the sector; transform scientific knowledge into agricultural products, processes and practices that improve competitiveness; promote research to understand the key environmental sustainability challenges facing Canadian farmers; encourage the transformation of scientific knowledge into agricultural practices that improve the environmental sustainability and profitability of farming operations; support scientific measurement and analysis of the environmental sustainability performance of the sector that will facilitate competitiveness; and work with industry to target Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada efforts towards key business risks and opportunities.

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets Actual Results
* For information on the full indicator reporting that was prepared in 2010, please visit Government of Canada Publications.
Agri-environmental indicators are available to assess and report on the sector's environmental and economic sustainability Regular reporting on the environmental sustainability of Canadian agriculture* Full reporting The Agri-Environmental Indicator Report No. 4 is expected to be published in early 2016
Increase knowledge by the scientific community in the area of climate change Number of scientific articles accepted for publication through an external peer-reviewed process 75 articles related to climate change by March 31, 2018 (2013–2018) 46

Strategic Outcome 2: An innovative and sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector
Program 2.1: Science, Innovation, Adoption and Sustainability
Sub-Program 2.1.1: Science Supporting an Innovative and Sustainable Sector

Implementation Strategy: Enabling Capacity
1.1.52: Support Canada's participation in multilateral fora outside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and ensure that Canada's international climate change objectives are advanced in international meetings including addressing short-lived climate pollutants (for example, Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Global Methane Initiative and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Major Economies Forum and Arctic Council)

Description of the Implementation Strategy: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada conducts longer-term core research and development work to advance the understanding of: the resource base upon which agriculture depends, threats to Canadian agriculture production, mechanisms to protect and conserve Canadian bioresources and genetic diversity, and future new opportunities for the sector. This program also maintains a strong network of world-class research centres and offices across the country with scientific expertise to meet the research needs of existing and emerging agricultural commodity groups, and to participate in collaborative partnerships with industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, and others that undertake research aimed at yield enhancement, input reductions, prevention of diseases or pests, market access and risk mitigation, and development of new areas of opportunity for the sector.

Implementation Strategy: Enabling Capacity
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets Actual Results

*The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is the only global forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters relevant to agricultural biodiversity. It has 175 country members and is operated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Canada joined in 1989.

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture objectives include conserving plant genetic resources essential for food security, and providing access to them and using them in a sustainable manner. Canada ratified the Treaty in 2002 and is a member of its governing body.

As required, provide expertise and other support for Canada's participation in multilateral fora outside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (for example, Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture*) To be determined To be determined

January 19-23, 2015: Canada participated in a meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Canada participated in the following technical committees meetings for the Commission:

July 8-11, 2014: First Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-Sharing

July 9-11, 2014: Seventh Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

November 26-28, 2014: Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

November 27-30, 2014: Second Session of the Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-Sharing

Canada participated in the following technical committees meetings for the Treaty:

May 14-16, 2014: First Meeting of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-Sharing

January 7-8, 2015: First Meeting of the Expert Consultation on the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

March 2-3, 2015: Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Strategic Outcome 2: An innovative and sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector
Program 2.1: Science, Innovation, Adoption and Sustainability
Sub-Program 2.1.1: Science Supporting an Innovative and Sustainable Sector

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
2.1.18: Conduct basic and applied research to increase knowledge of the effects of agricultural production on air

Description of the Implementation Strategy: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada conducts longer-term core research and development work to advance the understanding of: the resource base upon which agriculture depends, threats to Canadian agriculture production, mechanisms to protect and conserve Canadian bioresources and genetic diversity, and future new opportunities for the sector. This program also maintains a strong network of world-class research centres and offices across the country with scientific expertise to meet the research needs of existing and emerging agricultural commodity groups, and to participate in collaborative partnerships with industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, and others that undertake research aimed at yield enhancement, input reductions, prevention of diseases or pests, market access and risk mitigation, and development of new areas of opportunity for the sector.

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets Actual Results
Increased understanding by the scientific community of the interactions and impact of agricultural practices on the air resources Number of scientific articles accepted for publication through an external peer-reviewed process 50 papers by March 31, 2018 (2013–2018) 117

Strategic Outcome 2: An innovative and sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector
Program 2.1: Science, Innovation, Adoption and Sustainability
Sub-Program 2.1.6: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Cost-shared Environment

Implementation Strategy: Enabling Capacity
3.10.1: Provide cost-shared funding to provinces and territories that provide a systematic approach to farmers to assess priority environmental risks, plan effective mitigation and increase adoption of sustainable agricultural practices at farm and landscape levels. The program components will be determined in 2013*.

* Provinces and territories have identified their program components. Provincial and territorial cost-shared activities include funding to support environmental farm plans to identify environmental risks and risk mitigation activities; and the implementation of proven environmental beneficial management practices such as farmyard runoff controls and erosion control structures.

Description of the Implementation Strategy: This Growing Forward 2 program provides support for provincial and territorial activities aimed at supporting the Canadian agriculture, agri-food and agri-based sector and its businesses to assess and respond to priority environmental risks and manage the natural resource base sustainably. The programming is mainly designed to minimize and mitigate impacts and risks to the environment by maintaining or improving the quality of soil, water, air, and biodiversity; ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of natural resources used for agricultural production and, supporting the long-term economic and environmental viability of the agriculture industry.

Implementation Strategy: Enabling Capacity
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets Actual Results
The sector/industry is taking actions to minimize environmental risks and using inputs efficiently Cumulative number of Beneficial Management Practices implemented under Growing Forward 2 federal, provincial, territorial Cost-shared programming 14,600 by March 31, 2019 (2013–2018) 2014–15: provincial and territorial annual performance data for this reporting period will be available in 2015–16

2013–14: 4,187 Beneficial Management Practices have been reported, representing over 28% of the cumulative performance target expected by March 31, 2019

Strategic Outcome 2: An innovative and sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector
Program 2.1: Science, Innovation, Adoption and Sustainability
Sub-Program 2.1.1: Science Supporting an Innovative and Sustainable Sector
Sub-Program 2.1.2: Research Accelerating Innovation

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
3.10.2: Conduct targeted research to increase knowledge of water resources relative to agriculture and enhance knowledge of nutrient management to increase efficiency and lower the potential of contamination of water resources

Description of the Implementation Strategy: Under sub-program 2.1.1, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada conducts longer-term core research and development work to advance the understanding of: the resource base upon which agriculture depends, threats to Canadian agriculture production, mechanisms to protect and conserve Canadian bioresources and genetic diversity, and future new opportunities for the sector. This program also maintains a strong network of world-class research centres and offices across the country with scientific expertise to meet the research needs of existing and emerging agricultural commodity groups, and to participate in collaborative partnerships with industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, and others that undertake research aimed at yield enhancement, input reductions, prevention of diseases or pests, market access and risk mitigation, and development of new areas of opportunity for the sector.

Under sub-program 2.1.2, this Growing Forward 2 program is designed to address emerging science-based requirements of the Canadian agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector by generating and providing access to scientific knowledge that helps the industry to: identify and mitigate risks to agriculture and agri-food production; enhance the safety of the food system; sustainably increase its productivity to improve its bottom line through more efficient use of inputs; enhance the resilience of the sector to a changing climate; and to capture market opportunities. Objectives of this program include: conduct innovative research to understand key challenges and opportunities facing the sector; transform scientific knowledge into agricultural products, processes and practices that improve competitiveness; promote research to understand the key environmental sustainability challenges facing Canadian farmers; encourage the transformation of scientific knowledge into agricultural practices that improve the environmental sustainability and profitability of farming operations; support scientific measurement and analysis of the environmental sustainability performance of the sector that will facilitate competitiveness; and work with industry to target Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada efforts towards key business risks and opportunities.

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets Actual Results
Increased understanding by the scientific community of water resources and nutrient management and the potential to increase efficiency and lower the potential of contamination of water resources Number of scientific articles accepted for publication through an external peer-reviewed process 75 articles by March 31, 2018 (2013–2018) 175

Strategic Outcome 2: An innovative and sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector
Program 2.1: Science, Innovation, Adoption, and Sustainability
Sub-Program 2.1.2: Research Accelerating Innovation

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
3.10.3: Assess and report on the collective environmental and economic impact of the adoption of sustainable agriculture practices by farmers on the Canadian landscape

Description of the Implementation Strategy: This Growing Forward 2 program is designed to address emerging science-based requirements of the Canadian agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector by generating and providing access to scientific knowledge that helps the industry to: identify and mitigate risks to agriculture and agri-food production; enhance the safety of the food system; sustainably increase its productivity to improve its bottom line through more efficient use of inputs; enhance the resilience of the sector to a changing climate; and to capture market opportunities. Objectives of this program include: conduct innovative research to understand key challenges and opportunities facing the sector; transform scientific knowledge into agricultural products, processes and practices that improve competitiveness; promote research to understand the key environmental sustainability challenges facing Canadian farmers; encourage the transformation of scientific knowledge into agricultural practices that improve the environmental sustainability and profitability of farming operations; support scientific measurement and analysis of the environmental sustainability performance of the sector that will facilitate competitiveness; and work with industry to target Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada efforts towards key business risks and opportunities.

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets Actual Results
* For information on the full indicator reporting that was prepared in 2010, please visit Government of Canada Publications.
Agri-environmental indicators are available to assess and report on the sector's environmental and economic sustainability Regular reporting on the environmental sustainability of Canadian agriculture* Full reporting The Agri-Environmental Indicator Report No. 4 is expected to be published in early 2016

Strategic Outcome 1: A competitive and market-oriented agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk
Program 1.2: Market Access, Negotiations, Sector Competitiveness, and Assurance Systems
Sub-Program 1.2.1: Trade and Market Expansion

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
4.7.4: In accordance with mandated responsibilities, provide environmental and/or other information to reduce the risk of, and advice in response to, the occurrence of events such as polluting incidents, wildlife disease events or severe weather and other significant hydro-meteorological events as applicable

Description of the Implementation Strategy: In accordance with the Emergency Management Act, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is responsible for developing plans to respond to emergencies in the agriculture and agri-food sector that exceed a provincial or territorial lead agency's capacity to manage. The Department will also support a response effort, as requested, from local, provincial, territorial, federal and/or international stakeholders.

The Federal Emergency Response Plan, which contains Emergency Support Functions, states that the Department may also need to undertake a number of activities, including assisting provincial and territorial governments in securing safe food and water, and agricultural commodities such as animal feed, through liaison with other government and non-government organizations.

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets Actual Results
A Federal Emergency Response Plan where the Agri-Food Emergency Support Function is accurately and adequately reflected

As required, respond to emergencies in the agriculture and agri-food sector
Updates as required to the Federal Emergency Response Plan and completion of annual plans Annually or more frequently, as required The Public Safety Canada-led review process, of which Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada was to take part, was deferred by Public Safety Canada and is not anticipated to occur until 2015–16. The Department plans to initiate preparatory work in early 2015–16
A Federal Emergency Response Plan where the Agri-Food Emergency Support Function is accurately and adequately reflected

As required, respond to emergencies in the agriculture and agri-food sector
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Emergency Management Coordination Model is reviewed December 2014 As part of the review of the Emergency Management Coordination Model, an evaluation of roles and responsibilities between regional offices and headquarters was initiated in order to better define protocols for accountability and communication during emergency situations. As well, in support of the development of the Emergency Management Coordination Model and other emergency management plans, several emergency events were responded to and the federal, provincial, territorial Emergency Management Framework was advanced

Program 3.1: Internal Services
Sub-Program 3.1.3: Asset Management Services
Sub-Sub-Program 3.1.3.1: Real Property Services

Implementation Strategy: Leading by Example
4.81.1: Implement the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan and complete remediation and risk management activities at known high priority federal contaminated sites

Description of the Implementation Strategy: The Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan is a 15-year Government of Canada horizontal program with the aim of reducing environmental and human health risks from known federal contaminated sites and associated federal financial liabilities. This implementation strategy is primarily directed to Environment Canada's responsibilities in supporting the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan. Environment Canada's Contaminated Sites Program responsibilities include hosting the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan Secretariat, developing guidance and program policies, and providing expert support to federal custodians for the assessment and remediation/risk management activities at their sites. Sixteen federal departments, agencies and consolidated Crown corporations responsible for contaminated sites, including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, are currently involved in the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan program as custodians of sites.

Implementation Strategy: Leading by Example
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets Actual Results
Reduced liability at higher-risk federal contaminated sites Reduction in liability at all Class 1 and Class 2 Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan funded sites during Phase II of Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan $1.17 billion by 2015–16

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada contributes to this overall government-wide Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan program performance target

During 2014–15, the Department recorded a $133,000 increase in liability associated with two on-going Class 2 Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan - funded remediation projects, resulting from a revised remediation estimate at one of the two sites

Reduced risk to the environment and human health from federal contaminated sites Number of Class 1 and Class 2 Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan funded sites where risk reduction activities have been completed 368 by March 2016

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada contributes to this government-wide program performance target with remedial activities at its two Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan funded sites

During 2014–15, the Department continued the on-going remediation of one Class 2 Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan-funded remediation project for which it is responsible

Strategic Outcome 2: An innovative and sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector
Program 2.1: Science, Innovation, Adoption and Sustainability
Sub-Program 2.1.2: Research Accelerating Innovation

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
5.4.1: Assess broad-scale trends in the capacity of the Canadian agricultural landscape to provide suitable habitat for populations of terrestrial vertebrates

Description of the Implementation Strategy: This Growing Forward 2 program is designed to address emerging science-based requirements of the Canadian agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector by generating and providing access to scientific knowledge that helps the industry to: identify and mitigate risks to agriculture and agri-food production; enhance the safety of the food system; sustainably increase its productivity to improve its bottom line through more efficient use of inputs; enhance the resilience of the sector to a changing climate; and to capture market opportunities. Objectives of this program include: conduct innovative research to understand key challenges and opportunities facing the sector; transform scientific knowledge into agricultural products, processes and practices that improve competitiveness; promote research to understand the key environmental sustainability challenges facing Canadian farmers; encourage the transformation of scientific knowledge into agricultural practices that improve the environmental sustainability and profitability of farming operations; support scientific measurement and analysis of the environmental sustainability performance of the sector that will facilitate competitiveness; and work with industry to target Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada efforts towards key business risks and opportunities.

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets Actual Results
*For information on the full indicator reporting that was prepared in 2010, please visit Government of Canada Publications.
Agri-environmental indicators are available to assess and report on the sector's environmental and economic sustainability Regular reporting on the environmental sustainability of Canadian agriculture* Full Reporting The Agri-Environmental Indicator Report No. 4 is expected to be published in early 2016

Strategic Outcome 2: An innovative and sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector
Program 2.1: Science, Innovation, Adoption, and Sustainability
Sub-Program 2.1.6: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Cost-shared Environment

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
5.4.2: Increase the awareness and adoption of sustainable agriculture practices that maintain or improve the quality of soil, water, air, and biodiversity at farm and landscape levels by increasing the number of farms with an Environmental Farm Plan through Growing Forward 2 programs delivered by provinces and territories

Description of the Implementation Strategy: This Growing Forward 2 program provides support for provincial and territorial activities aimed at supporting the Canadian agriculture, agri-food and agri-based sector and its businesses to assess and respond to priority environmental risks and manage the natural resource base sustainably. The programming is mainly designed to minimize and mitigate impacts and risks to the environment by maintaining or improving the quality of soil, water, air, and biodiversity; ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of natural resources used for agricultural production and, supporting the long-term economic and environmental viability of the agriculture industry.

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets Actual Results
The sector/industry is taking actions to minimize environmental risks and using inputs efficiently Cumulative number of Beneficial Management Practices implemented under Growing Forward 2 federal, provincial, territorial Cost-shared programming 14,600 by March 31, 2019 (2013–2018)

2014–15: provincial and territorial annual performance data for this reporting period will be available in 2015–16

2013–14: 4,187 Beneficial Management Practices have been reported, representing over 28% of the cumulative performance target expected by March 31, 2019

4. Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Goal 6: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Target 6.1 - Performance Indicator/Targeted Performance Level

Target 6.1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction: The Government of Canada will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings and fleets by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.

Departmental Target: 10.1% below 2005 by 2020

Scope and Context: Targeted greenhouse gas emission sources include both facilities and fleet.

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture: Program: 3.1 Internal Services

Financial Performance Expectations: Investment will be made in capital projects with favourable financial payback and most affordable greenhouse gas reductions.

Performance Measurement Target 6.1 - Performance Indicator/Targeted Performance Level

Expected Result: Reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of federal operations

Target 6.1 - Performance Indicator/Targeted Performance Level
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Strategies and/or Comments
  1. Emissions from very small facilities (97 sites accounting for about 1.5% of building energy use) were estimated based on 2004–05 data.
  2. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's base year greenhouse gas emission levels were recalculated for the 2013–14 Departmental Performance Report using emission factors from the latest electricity intensity tables published by Environment Canada. These factors, which are used to calculate the Department's emissions from purchased electricity, were updated due to changes in Environment Canada's methodology for quantifying emissions from electricity generation in Canada. As a result, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's base year greenhouse gas emissions were updated from 97.19kt CO2equivalent to 99.1 kt CO2eq.
  3. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is in the process of a custodial property divestiture program. Some facilities were closed or divested in 2013–14 and 2014–15, however no base-year adjustment was required as per Guidelines on Accounting for Changes in Departmental Building Portfolios.
  4. The implementation plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions includes: conducting comprehensive building energy efficiency feasibility studies at candidate facilities with greenhouse gas reduction potential, and completion of retrofit projects; continued purchases of renewable power; fleet renewal with more efficient vehicles and fleet reduction; and employee awareness.
Updated greenhouse gas reduction implementation plan in place by March 31, 2015 Yes [Fleet Plan updated February 2014, and Building Plan updated May 2014]
Greenhouse gas emissions (kilotons of carbon dioxide equivalent [kt CO2 equivalent]) in fiscal year 2005–06 99.1 kt
Greenhouse gas emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2014–15, not accounting for renewable power emission credits, if applicable 85.6 kt
Renewable power emission credits applied in fiscal year 2014–15 (kt CO2 equivalent) 6.7 kt
Percentage change in greenhouse gas emissions from fiscal year 2005–06 to fiscal year 2014–15, inclusive of renewable power emission credits, if applicable −20.4%
Adjustments made to base year greenhouse gas emissions (indicate if not applicable) No

Goal 7: Waste and Asset Management

Target 7.1: Real Property Environmental Performance: As of April 1, 2014, and pursuant to departmental Real Property Sustainability Frameworks, an industry recognized level of high environmental performance will be achieved in Government of Canada real property projects and operations.

Scope and Content: Buildings over 1000 square metres (m2) owned by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are mostly specialized buildings such as labs, greenhouses and barns and there are no appropriate industry-recognized assessment tools available. The Department will continue, however, to assess prioritized buildings using comprehensive, environmental aspect-specific studies conducted by third-party specialists with the continued goal to identify related environmental performance and opportunities for improvements.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada leases office accommodations through Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will support Public Works and Government Services' efforts at these buildings.

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture: Program: 3.1 Internal Services

Performance Measurement - Target 7.1: Real Property Environmental Performance

Expected Result: An industry-recognized level of high environmental performance will be achieved in Government of Canada real property projects and operations

Target 7.1 - Performance Indicator/Targeted Performance Level
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
A Real Property Sustainability Framework in place to improve the management of energy, waste and water in departmental real property assets by March 31, 2015 Yes [completed: January, 2015]

Implementation strategy elements have been identified in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Real Property Sustainability Framework, and will be reported against in the 2015–16 reporting cycle
Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings (over 1000 m2) and new lease or lease renewal projects (over 1000 m2) where the Crown is the major lessee as scoped in the Departmental Real Property Sustainability Framework, assessed for environmental performance using an industry-recognized assessment tool, and associated floor space (m2) 0 Crown-owned buildings; 0 m2
0 new lease or lease renewal projects; 0 m2
Assessment tool used: not applicable
Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings, new construction, build-to-lease projects and major renovations projects, as scoped in the Departmental Real Property Sustainability Framework, achieving an industry recognized level of high environmental performance, and associated floor space (m2) 0 Crown-owned buildings; 0 m2
Performance level achieved: not applicable
0 new construction projects; 0 m2
Performance level achieved: not applicable
0 build-to-lease projects; 0 m2
Performance level achieved: not applicable
0 major renovation projects; 0 m2
Performance level achieved: not applicable
Number of fit-up and refit projects as scoped in the Departmental Real Property Sustainability Framework achieving an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance 0 fit-up and refit projects; 0 m2

Performance level achieved: not applicable
Target 7.1 - Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice/Targeted Performance Level
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
7.1.1.1. Achieve a level of performance that meets or exceeds the custodian's current commitment(s) to sustainable buildings using industry-recognized assessment and verification tool(s) Reached "Achieved"

Target 7.2: Green Procurement: As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

Scope and Context: The Department is focussing on three prospective areas for greening its procurement: business travel, janitorial services and copy paper purchases.

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture: Program: 3.1 Internal Services

Financial Performance Expectations: Travel expenditures have decreased over the last few years, from approximately $18 million in 2010–11 to $8 million in 2014–15. This level of expenditures is too low to sustain and an increase in travel expenditures is expected in 2015–16 and future years.

Performance Measurement - Target 7.2: Green Procurement

Expected Result: Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services

Target 7.2 - Performance Indicator/Targeted Performance Level
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014 Yes [completed: April 1, 2014]
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2014–15 40
90% of employees in the Purchasing and Supply group have completed the Green Procurement Course
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in fiscal year 2014–15 3 100%
  • Director, Materiel Management
  • Director, Integrated Services
  • Assistant Director, Integrated Services

Departmental Green Procurement Target: The Department will maintain until 2020–21 its greenhouse gas emissions from business-related travel to at least a 35% reduction relative to 2005–06.

  • Business travel is scoped to air travel only
  • Target statement updated to more clearly reflect the original intent
Departmental Green Procurement Target
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Emissions associated with business travel in kilotons of carbon dioxide equivalent (kt CO2 equivalent) in the year in question 2014–15 greenhouse gas emission data from the Shared Travel System not available
Percentage reduction in business travel emissions relative to 2005–06 level of 10.97 kt CO2 equivalent 2014–15 greenhouse gas emission data from the Shared Travel System not available

Mitigation measure: Due to a lack of reliable data, the percentage change in the total number of trips is being reported as a proxy indicator, which is highly correlated with total emissions. This approach is used as an interim measure until the data on emissions becomes available. This information is provided by the Public Works and Government Services Canada Office of Greening Government Operations.
  • 78% reduction on total number of trips in 2014–15 as compared to 2005–06 base year

Departmental Green Procurement Target: By March 31, 2017, 95% of copy paper purchases will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content and be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production.

  • Paper includes internal multi-use paper used for office related operations within the Department (that is: 8.5"x11", 8.5"x 14", 11"x17" stock).
Departmental Green Procurement Target
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value or volume of copy paper purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or volume of all copy paper purchases in the year in question 100% Standing Offer Paper Purchases
$96,348

Departmental Green Procurement Target: As of April 1, 2015, 100% of all new contracts that include janitorial services will include the use of janitorial products that minimize the environmental impact.

Departmental Green Procurement Target
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value or number of contracts awarded that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or number of new contracts that include janitorial services for the year in question
Amount awarded janitorial services
100%
6 contracts totalling $5,066,670 awarded in 2014–15
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible Reached "Achieved" – Use of Public Works and Government Services Canada mandatory procurement tools (for example, Task Based Informatics Professional Services; Professional Audit Support Services; Standing Offers for Temporary Help; Software Licensing Supply Arrangement, et cetera). In addition, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada adopted the use of the Standing Offer for Language Training (in the National Capital Region), which is not mandatory. The Department promotes the use of standing offers that exist within the procurement community

Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations: As of April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Scope and Context: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is focussing on sustainable workplace aspects that are expected to deliver the most significant environmental benefit within existing resources.

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture: Program: 3.1 Internal Services

Financial Performance Expectations: While not quantified, it is expected that these implementation strategy elements will contribute towards cost reductions.

Performance Measurement - Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations

Expected Result: Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact

Target 7.3 - Performance Indicator/Targeted Performance Level
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
An approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of the departmental workplace is in place by March 31, 2015 Yes [completed: January, 2015]

Implementation strategy elements have been identified in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Sustainable Workplace Operations Approach, and will be reported against in the 2015–16 reporting cycle

Goal 8: Water Management

Target 8.1: Water Management: As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will take further action to improve water management within its real property portfolio.

Scope and Context: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is focussing its efforts on environmental aspects that can deliver more significant environmental benefits than water management, and actions in this area will be on an opportunistic basis.

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture: Program: 3.1 Internal Services

Financial Performance Expectations: Potential cost savings for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's operations are limited.

Performance Measurement - Target 8.1: Water Management

Expected Result: Water is managed sustainably in Government of Canada real property operations

Target 8.1 - Performance Indicator/Targeted Performance Level
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Approach to improving water management included in Real Property Sustainability Framework by March 31, 2015 Yes [completed: January, 2015]

Implementation strategy elements have been identified in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Real Property Sustainability Framework, and will be reported against in the 2015–16 reporting cycle
Amount and percentage of floor space in buildings over 1000 m2 that includes water metering, in fiscal year 2014–15 (where feasible) Crown, existing: data not available
New Crown, built-to-lease: not applicable
Major renovations: not applicable
Leases: data not available at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada leased specialized facilities; office accommodations managed through Public Works and Government Services Canada

5. Sustainable Development Management System

Departmental Sustainable Development Vision

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is committed to an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector. The Department's commitment to sustainable development flows from its mandate of helping the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products industries compete in domestic and international markets, deriving economic returns to the sector and the Canadian economy as a whole. Sustainable management of natural resources is a core requirement for an economically successful agricultural sector.

Managing Sustainable Development

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada activities extend across the value chain for food from farmers to processors to domestic and global markets. The Department invests in innovative research and development into new crop varieties, beneficial management practices and technologies that support sustainable agricultural production. Emerging economic opportunities, such as clean energy and consumer and market demand for environmental product attributes are also supported. Departmental efforts help address agri-environmental challenges such as water quality and water use, developing resilience to a changing climate, and maintaining ecosystem health.

Since jurisdiction over agriculture and natural resources in Canada is shared with provincial and territorial governments, programs and policies are based on partnerships between both levels of government. By considering the wide variety of environmental and socio-economic conditions across Canada, farm-level programs are uniquely tailored and delivered by provincial or territorial agencies.

6. Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2014–15 reporting cycle, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. Preliminary Scans were warranted and completed for six Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada led proposals. Through the strategic environmental assessment process, departmental proposals were found to have positive effects on the 2013–2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy goals and targets in Theme III – Protecting Nature and Canadians.

The Department applies Strategic Environmental Assessment to proposals submitted to the Minister or Cabinet for approval that may result in important environmental effects, either positive or negative. At present, the process generally comprises three steps, applied progressively as warranted, as follows:

  1. Initial Review – a review to determine whether there is any potential for environmental effects associated with the proposal or whether a previously conducted assessment still applies;
  2. Preliminary Scan – an assessment to determine whether important environmental effects, either positive or negative, would result from the implementation of the proposal; and
  3. Detailed Strategic Environmental Assessment – a more detailed analysis of environmental effects, including mitigation measures that could reduce or eliminate potential adverse effects or enhance potential environmental benefits.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada commits, as needed, to continuing to:

  • update internal processes to incorporate new requirements of the Cabinet Directive guidelines, which include reporting on Strategic Environmental Assessment results through Departmental Performance Reports;
  • update the Department's Strategic Environmental Assessment guidance material (for example, templates, guidelines and training material) to maintain consistency with the Cabinet Directive;
  • maintain a Strategic Environmental Assessment database and track the number of policies, plans and program proposals reviewed and/or assessed according to each of the three steps;
  • ensure that the goals and targets of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy are considered in the application of Strategic Environmental Assessment; and
  • issue a public statement of environmental effects whenever a detailed Strategic Environmental Assessment is conducted, and include the impact on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy goals and targets if applicable.
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