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2013–2014 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Introduction

Federal Sustainable Development Act

In June 2008, the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA) was proclaimed. The purpose of the Act is to provide the legal framework for developing and implementing a federal sustainable development strategy that will make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament. The Act requires the development of a federal sustainable development strategy (FSDS) and a report on progress at least every three years.

Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2010–2013

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2010–2013, tabled on October 6, 2010, continues to guide the Government of Canada’s sustainable development activities. During 2013–2014, the Government will be consulting the public regarding the second three-year cycle of the FSDS (2013–2016). This FSDS will then be finalized to provide the basis for the 2013–2014 year-end performance reporting.

Environment Canada

The Minister of the Environment has two major responsibilities regarding the FSDS.

First, the Act requires the Minister to:

  • develop a federal sustainable development strategy on behalf of the Government of Canada and table it in both Houses of Parliament every three years; and
  • table a triennial report on the progress of the federal government in implementing the FSDS.

Second, as with all other ministers of departments and agencies subject to the FSDA, the Minister of the Environment is responsible for developing Environment Canada’s own departmental sustainable development strategy (DSDS). This document is focused on the Minister’s second responsibility.

Environment Canada’s DSDS is organized around the three Strategic Outcomes of the Department’s Program Alignment Architecture (PAA):

  • Canada’s natural environment is conserved and restored for present and future generations.
  • Canadians are equipped to make informed decisions on changing weather, water and climate conditions.
  • Threats to Canadians and their environment from pollution are minimized.

Environment Canada is committed to continuous improvement as more experience is gained. The Department will be looking for opportunities both to improve its own strategy and to assist other departments as all gain more experience with this coordinated approach.

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