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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. It requires the integration of environmental, economic and social priorities into policies and programs and requires action at all levels - citizens, industry, and governments. 

Federal Sustainable Development

Passing the Federal Sustainable Development Act in 2008 signaled a change in how the Government of Canada would fulfill its commitment to sustainable development. The Act called for a comprehensive approach representing all of government through a Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) that is updated every three years. This approach, currently in its second cycle, provides a whole-of-government view of actions to achieve environmental sustainability, is integrated into core federal planning and reporting, and is supported by a robust measurement strategy.

The most recent Progress Report was released in February 2013, showing the progress of federal departments and agencies towards achieving the goals and targets set out in the FSDS.

What's new:

The 2013-16 FSDS Management Framework, released in June 2014, provides guidelines for managing, monitoring and reporting on the FSDS.

The 2013-2016 FSDS, released in November 2013, outlines federal priorities and actions to achieve environmental sustainability.

Public consultations on the draft Strategy closed on June 14, 2013. A summary of public input is available.

Other federal sustainable development initiatives:

Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators

Guidelines for Strategic Environmental Assessments

Office of Greening Government Operations