2016–17 Report on Plans and Priorities – Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

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

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2013–16 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 planned contributions and expected 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

Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Goal Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Performance Indicator Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Target Additional Details on Planned Contributions and Expected Results
Goal 3: Water Quality and Water Availability – 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
Full reporting of the Environmental Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture: Agri-environmental report series - Report No 4 is planned for the 2015–16 fiscal year
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
Full reporting of the Environmental Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture: Agri-environmental report series - Report No 4 is planned for the 2015–16 fiscal year
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
Continued and updated environmental planning on agricultural land

3. Themes I to III: Implementation Strategies

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.

Links 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

Description: 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 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 1.1.12
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets
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 of the Environmental Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture: Agri-environmental report series - Report No 4 is planned for the 2015–16 fiscal year
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)

Implementation Strategy: Enabling Capacity
1.1.52: Support Canada's participation in multilateral fora outside of the UNFCCC (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).

Links 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 2.1.1: Science Supporting an Innovative and Sustainable Sector

Description: 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, as well as risk mitigation, and development of new areas of opportunity for the sector.

Implementation Strategy: Enabling Capacity 1.1.52
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets

Note: 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.

Expertise and other support for Canada's participation for 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) Provided as required Provided as required

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.

Links 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 2.1.1: Science Supporting an Innovative and Sustainable Sector

Description: 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, as well as risk mitigation, and development of new areas of opportunity for the sector.

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication 2.1.18
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets
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)

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.

Links 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 2.1.6: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Cost-shared Environment

Description: This Growing Forward 2 (agricultural policy framework) 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 3.10.1
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets
The sector 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 17,600 by March 31, 2019
(2013–2018)

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.

Links 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 2.1.1: Science Supporting an Innovative and Sustainable Sector
      • Sub-Program 2.1.2: Research Accelerating Innovation

Description: 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, as well as risk mitigation, and development of new areas of opportunity for the sector.

Under sub-program 2.1.2, 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 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 3.10.2
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets
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)

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.

Links 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

Description: 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 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 3.10.3
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets
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 of the Environmental Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture: Agri-environmental report series - Report No 4 is planned for the 2015–16 fiscal year

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.

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

  • 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

Description: In accordance with its agriculture-related responsibilities, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada puts in place plans and procedures to ensure preparedness and effective response to emergencies affecting the agriculture and agri-food sector. The Department assists in responding to emergencies that exceed the provincial/territorial lead's capacity to manage. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada also works closely with provinces/territories and industry in the development of key plans for scenarios of highest concern for the sector.

The Emergency Support Functions, which are part of the Federal Emergency Response Plan, provide the mechanisms for grouping activities most frequently used in providing federal support to provinces/territories or assistance from one federal government institution to another during an emergency. The Emergency Support Functions for Agriculture and Agri-Food outlines the potential activities that the Department may need to undertake in response to an emergency affecting the agriculture and agri-food sector such as developing emergency financial programs that will mitigate the effects of an emergency.

Implementation Strategy: Advancing Knowledge and Communication 4.7.4
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets
An Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Strategic Emergency Management Plan which clearly outlines the Department's roles and responsibilities, procedures and tools with respect to planning and preparing for, and responding to, emergencies Updates as required to the Strategic Emergency Management Plan Annually or more frequently, as required

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.

Links 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

Description: 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 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 5.4.1
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets
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 of the Environmental Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture: Agri-environmental report series - Report No 4 is planned for the 2015–16 fiscal year

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.

Links 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 2.1.6: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Cost-shared Environment

Description: This Growing Forward 2 (agricultural policy framework) 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 5.4.2
Expected Results Performance Indicators Performance Targets
The sector is increasing awareness and knowledge of good environmental practices and risks Percentage of acres covered by Environmental Farm Plans under Growing Forward 2 Federal/Provincial/Territorial Cost-shared programming 55% by March 31, 2023

4. Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Departmental Strategies for Greening Government Operations Targets

Goal 6: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy

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: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

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

Target 6.1 - Performance Indicator/Targeted Performance Level
Performance indicator Targeted Performance Level

Strategies and/or Comments

  1. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's base year greenhouse gas emission levels have again been recalculated (previously recalculated in the 2013–14 Departmental Performance Report). As a result of periodic updates, the emissions factors for 2005 – the factors used for the calculation of fixed emissions – have changed. Because of the 2014 change in the 2005 emissions factors, the base years for departments reporting on their facilities emissions required updating. As a result, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's base year greenhouse gas emissions were revised to 98.8 kt CO2eq from 99.1 kt CO2eq (originally 97.19 kt CO2eq). This update will be reflected in subsequent reporting cycles.
  2. 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 energy-efficient vehicles and implementation of plug-in electric 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 revised April 2015, and Building Plan updated May 2014 and revised June 2015]
Greenhouse gas emissions in kilotons of carbon dioxide equivalent (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2005–06 98.8 kt
Greenhouse gas emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in current fiscal year, not accounting for renewable power emission credits, if applicable 94.9 kt
Renewable power emission credits applied in current fiscal year (kt CO2 equivalent) -6 kt
Percentage change in greenhouse gas emissions from fiscal year 2005–06 to the current fiscal year, inclusive of renewable power emission credits, if applicable -10.1%
Adjustments made to base year greenhouse gas emissions (indicate if not applicable) Not applicable
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 Context: Buildings over 1000 m2 owned by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are mostly specialized buildings such as labs, greenhouses and barns and no appropriate industry-recognized assessment tools are 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 will support Public Works and Government Services' efforts at these buildings.

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

Financial Performance Expectations: To be considered during the development of the Real Property Sustainability Framework

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 Target Performance Level
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 [January, 2015]
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
Planned assessment tool to be used: not applicable
Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings, new construction, build-to-lease projects, 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
0 new construction projects; 0 m2
0 build-to-lease projects; 0 m2
0 major renovation projects; 0 m2
Planned environmental performance level to be 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
Planned environmental performance level to be achieved: not applicable
Target 7.1 - Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice/Targeted Performance Level
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Target Performance Level
7.1.1.1. [Mandatory] 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) Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.1.1.4. Manage the collection, diversion and disposal of workplace waste in Crown-owned buildings in an environmentally responsible manner. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.1.1.5. Manage construction, renovation and demolition waste in Crown-owned buildings in an environmentally responsible manner. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.1.1.6. Develop an approach to improve performance of Crown-owned buildings via automation and commissioning. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.1.1.7. Develop an approach to building operator training in Crown-owned buildings. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.1.1.9. Benchmark and report annually on the energy usage intensity of Crown-owned office buildings using an industry recognized tool. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
Best Practice
7.1.2. Real property managers and functional heads responsible for new construction, leases or existing building operations will have clauses related to environmental considerations incorporated into their performance evaluations.
Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

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 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 $20 million in 2008–09 to an all-time low of approximately $8 million in 2014–15. The forecast for travel expenditures for 2015-16 is currently around $10M, which is more in line with the department's regular operations.

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 Targeted Performance Level
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014 Yes [April 1, 2014]
Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and/or materiel management who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in the given fiscal year 30
80% of employees in the Purchasing and Supply group
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution towards green procurement, in the given fiscal year 2 - Director, Materiel Management and Director, Integrated Services
100%

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.

Departmental Green Procurement Target
Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Emissions associated with business travel in kilotons of carbon dioxide equivalent (kt CO2 equivalent) in the year in question 7.13 kt
Percentage reduction in business travel emissions relative to 2005–06 level of 10.97 kt CO2 equivalent
Business travel is scoped to air travel only
Target statement updated in 2015–16 Report on Plans and Priorities to more clearly reflect the original intent
-35%

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.

Departmental Green Procurement Target
Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
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 95%

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 Targeted Performance Level
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 100%
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Targeted Performance Level
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

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 with 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 Targeted Performance Level
An approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of the departmental workplace is in place by March 31, 2015 Yes [January, 2015]
Target 7.3 - Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice/Performance Target
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Performance Target
7.3.1.1. Engage employees in greening government operations practices. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.3.1.3. Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (printer ratios, paper usage and green meetings). Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.3.1.4. Minimize the ratio of information technology assets per employee. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.3.1.5. Select and operate information technology and office equipment in a manner that reduces energy consumption and material usage. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.3.1.6. Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Seeking to reach "Exceeded" status
7.3.1.7. Reuse or recycle workplace materiel and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.3.1.8. Minimize all non-hazardous solid waste generated and leverage service offerings to maximize the diversion of waste. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.3.1.9. Increase the population density in office buildings and space utilization in special purpose buildings. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
7.3.1.10. Maintain or improve sustainable fleet management. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
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 Target Performance Level
Approach to improving water management included in Real Property Sustainability Framework by March 31, 2015 Yes [January, 2015]
Target 8.1 - Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice/Performance Target
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Performance Target
8.1.1.1. Conserve potable water. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status
8.1.1.4. Meter the water usage in new projects. Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

5. Sustainable Development Management System

Departmental Sustainable Development Vision

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's mission statement – "to provide leadership in the growth and development of a competitive, innovative and sustainable Canadian agriculture and agri‐food sector" – identifies sustainability as a core attribute for the sector.

Sustainable agriculture is a process of continuous improvement in the responsible use and management of agricultural resources along all points of the value chain from farmers to processors, domestic and global markets, and consumers. It contributes to sector profitability by safeguarding the land's productive capacity now and into the future. It enhances the reputation of the sector and of producers as good stewards of the land and helps maintain access to existing markets and open new ones, creating opportunities for growth. These outcomes are integral to the competitiveness of the Canadian agriculture sector and support its important contribution to Canada's economy.

Managing Sustainable Development

The Department invests in sustainable agriculture by supporting direct on-farm action, in particular environmental risk assessment and the implementation of beneficial management practices, and undertaking innovative research and development activities that contribute to the sustainable growth of the sector. Research and development activities include increasing resource and input use efficiency (water, land, nutrients, et cetera), developing new crop varieties, enhancing crop yields, and developing beneficial management practices and technologies. These investments help decouple growth in production from a corresponding increase in risk to agriculture resources and the surrounding environment. Department-led innovation and programing also play a significant role in ensuring business continuity by enhancing the sector's resilience to environment-based risks (pests, drought, flooding, et cetera) and increasing competition for limited natural resources from other sectors (for example, water). The Department supports the sector's ability to capture emerging economic opportunities, such as clean energy. It also collaborates with conservation organizations that provide financial compensation for voluntary on-farm activities. Finally, the Department assists the sector in maintaining access to and opening new markets in response to growing demands by buyers for sustainable product attributes.

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

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada applies The Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plans and Program Proposals and conducts strategic environmental assessments of departmental proposals. As per the Directive, when a strategic environmental assessment has been completed for a policy, plan or program proposal the Department will report on the results through its Departmental Performance Report.

The strategic environmental assessment process 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 assessment on environmental effects, including strategies to mitigate the negative effects or enhance the positive ones, or proposed measures to address any possible public concerns.

The Department commits to continuing to:

  • update its strategic environmental assessment guidance material (for example, templates and guidelines) to maintain relevance and compliance with the Cabinet Directive;
  • maintain a strategic environmental assessment database to track the number of policies, plans and program proposals reviewed and/or assessments completed;
  • ensure that the goals and targets of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy are considered when conducting strategic environmental assessments; 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.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy goals and targets through the strategic environmental assessment process. A strategic environmental assessment for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy goals and targets.

Public statements on the results of the Department's detailed assessment will be made public when an initiative is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that the environmental effects, including the impacts on achieving the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program have been appropriately considered during proposal development and decision making.

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