Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations. It is about improving the standard of living by protecting human health, conserving the environment, using resources efficiently, and advancing long-term economic competitiveness. Integrating environmental, economic and social priorities into policies and programs supports action at all levels – citizens, industry, and governments.

Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

The government's commitment to sustainable development is reflected in the Federal Sustainable Development Act (the Act), which received Royal Assent on June 26, 2008.

The Act requires the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to table a Federal Sustainable Development Strategy every three years that makes environmental decision-making more transparent and accountable to Parliament.

The Act also requires the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to table a report before Parliament every three years on the federal government's progress in implementing the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

Together, the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and the Progress Report provide a whole-of-government view of progress towards environmental sustainability.

2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy was tabled in Parliament on October 6, 2016. The Strategy responds to public feedback and presents 13 aspirational goals that are a Canadian reflection of the environmentally-related sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also includes stronger targets and indicators, new short-term milestones, and clear action plans.

2015 Progress Report of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2015 Progress Report of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy was tabled in Parliament on February 26, 2016. It shows the progress towards achieving the goals and targets set out in the first cycle of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

The Act requires each Minister presiding over a Federal Sustainable Development Strategy department or agency to prepare a Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has updated its Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy which is tabled as part of its 2015–16 Departmental Performance Report. The Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy describes Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's objectives and plans for sustainable development appropriate to its mandate. It articulates Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's vision and decision-making process for sustainable development, and sets out the Department's contribution to the goals and targets of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, including Greening Government Operations, as well as the application of Strategic Environmental Assessments.

Previous Departmental Sustainable Development Strategies

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