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Appendix 3: List of FSDS indicators

Theme I: Addressing climate change and air quality

Goal 1: Climate change

Reduce greenhouse gas emission levels to mitigate the severity and unavoidable impacts of climate change.

Headline indicator

  • National greenhouse gas emissions

Target 1.1: Climate change mitigation

Relative to 2005 emission levels, reduce Canada’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 17% by 2020. (EC)

  • Government actions to meet reduction target

Goal 2: Air pollution

Minimize the threats to air quality so that the air Canadians breathe is clean and supports healthy ecosystems.

Headline indicators

  • Canadian ambient air quality (ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter)
  • Ambient air concentration of NOx, SOx, VOCs

Target 2.1: Air pollutants

Reduce air pollutants in order to maintain or improve air quality across the country and achieve the emission targets which are currently under development in consultations with provinces and stakeholders. (EC)

  • Air emissions of SOx, NOx, VOCs, TPM, PM10, PM2.5, CO, NH3
  • Trends in air quality related health outcomes

Target 2.2: Indoor air quality

Help protect the health of Canadians by assessing indoor air pollutants and developing guidelines and other tools to better manage indoor air quality. (HC)

  • Health-based assessments of priority indoor air pollutants and associated management tools (# of indoor air and CMP priority indoor pollutant assessments, guidelines, building or product standards)

Target 2.3: Chemicals management

Reduce risks to Canadians and impacts on the environment posed by harmful substances as a result of decreased environmental concentrations and human exposure to such substances. (EC, HC)

  • Canadian releases of selected controlled substances
  • Levels of exposure to substances of concern by substance

Theme II: Maintaining water quality and availability

Goal 3: Water quality

Protect and enhance the quality of water so that it is clean, safe and secure for all Canadians and supports healthy ecosystems.

Headline indicators

  • CESI fresh water quality indicator for the protection of aquatic life (Water Quality Index)
  • Drinking water advisories

Target 3.1: Fresh water quality

Complete federal actions to restore beneficial uses in Canadian Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes by 2020. (EC)

  • For Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes, track change in beneficial use (BU) status from “impaired” or “requires further assessment” to “not impaired” or “restored”

Target 3.2: Fresh water quality

Contribute to the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes by developing and gaining binational acceptance of objectives and strategies for the management of nutrients in the Great Lakes by 2015. (EC)

  • Ecosystem indicators aligned to phosphorous specific objectives of the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

Target 3.3: Fresh water quality

Complete federal actions to reduce pollutants and restore beneficial uses in hot spots in the St. Lawrence River by 2016. (EC)

  • Ecosystem indicators aligned to objectives of the Canada-Quebec Agreement on the St. Lawrence River

Target 3.4: Fresh water quality

Reduce nutrient inputs into Lake Simcoe by 2012. (EC)

  • Estimated nutrient reductions in Lake Simcoe

Target 3.5: Fresh water quality

By 2012, through strategic collaborations and by increasing scientific knowledge, contribute to the establishment of targets to reduce nutrients in Lake Winnipeg and its basin to support the sustainability of the lake. (EC)

  • Indicators will be developed following establishment of ecologically relevant nutrient objectives for Lake Winnipeg and will be based on an increased understanding of the nutrient dynamics of Lake Winnipeg

Target 3.6: Fresh water quality

Achieve a value between 81–100 on each of the Water Quality and Soil Quality Agri-Environmental Performance Indices by March 31, 2030. (AAFC)

  • Water quality and soil quality agri-environmental performance indices (aggregates of 4 water quality and 6 soil quality indicators respectively)

Target 3.7: Fresh water quality

Reduce risks associated with wastewater effluent by 2020 in collaboration with provinces and territories.

(Note: risk reduction for wastewater effluents relates both to freshwater and marine). (EC)

  • Change in percentage of wastewater systems achieving national effluent quality standards
  • Reduction in loading of BOD matter and suspended solids

Target 3.8: Marine water quality

Reduce the risks to Canadians and impacts on the marine environment posed by pollution from land-based activities. (EC)

  • Annual changes in recommended classifications of shellfish growing areas based on historical water quality measures

Target 3.9: Marine water quality

Prevent marine pollution from uncontrolled dumping at sea. Ensure that permitted disposal at sea is sustainable such that 85% of disposal site monitoring events do not identify the need for site management action (such as site closure). (EC)

  • Percentage of disposal site monitoring events that do not trigger site management action

Target 3.10: Drinking water quality

Increase the percentage of First Nation communities with acceptable water and wastewater facility risk ratings by 2013.1 (HC, INAC)

  • Percentage of First Nation communities with acceptable water and wastewater facility risk ratings

Target 3.11: Drinking water quality

Help protect the health of Canadians by developing health-based water guidelines. (HC)

  • Health-based water guidelines (# of water guidelines/guidance documents approved by F/P/T Committee by product type (guideline/guidance document)

Target 3.12: Chemicals management

Reduce risks to Canadians and impacts on the environment posed by harmful substances as a result of decreased environmental concentrations and human exposure to such substances. (EC, HC)

  • Percentage decrease of concentrations of selected substances  (PFOS and PBDE) in water from baseline data
  • Canadian releases of selected controlled substances

Goal 4: Water availability

Enhance information to ensure that Canadians can manage and use water resources in a manner consistent with the sustainability of the resource.

Headline indicator

Water level indicator / Water flow indicator / Water availability indicator

Target 4.1: Water resource management and use

Promote the conservation and wise use of water to affect a 30% reduction or increased efficiency in water use in various sectors by 2025 (based on 2009 water use levels). (EC)

  • Water use by major sectors from water use surveys

Theme III: Protecting nature

Goal 5: Wildlife conservation

Maintain or restore populations of wildlife to healthy levels.

Headline indicator

Proportion of assessed species in General Status reports whose status is considered to be secure

Target 5.1: Terrestrial and aquatic wildlife conservation (species at risk)

Population trend (when available) at the time of reassessment is consistent with the recovery strategy for 100% of listed species at risk (for which recovery has been deemed feasible) by 2020. (EC)

  • Percentage of listed species for which recovery has been deemed feasible where the population trend (where available) at the time of reassessment is consistent with the recovery strategy

Target 5.2: Terrestrial and aquatic wildlife conservation (migratory birds)

Target for proportion of migratory bird species whose population varies within acceptable bounds of the population goals will be established in 2011 once the Bird Status Database is complete. (EC)

  • Proportion of migratory bird species whose population varies within acceptable bounds of the population goals

Goal 6: Ecosystem/habitat conservation and protection

Maintain productive and resilient ecosystems with the capacity to recover and adapt; and protect areas in ways that leave them unimpaired for present and future generations.

Headline indicators

  • Percentage of ecosystems where the majority of ecosystem components are assessed as healthy
  • Total protected area as proportion of national territory – includes land area and marine area

Target 6.1: Terrestrial ecosystems and habitat - Non-park protected habitat

Habitat target to support conservation of priority migratory birds and species at risk will be set by 2015. (EC)

  • Land conserved as a percentage of the total amount needed to achieve population goals for all priority migratory birds and species at risk

Target 6.2: Terrestrial ecosystems and habitat - Park protected habitat

Maintain or improve the overall ecological integrity in all national parks from March 2008 to March 2013. (PCA)

  • Percentage of national parks with maintained or improved overall ecological integrity

Target 6.3: Marine ecosystems

Improve the conservation of ocean areas and marine ecosystems by 2012. (DFO)

  • Percentage of marine area under a conservation regime

Target 6.4: Managing threats to ecosystems

Threats of new alien invasive species entering Canada are understood and reduced by 2015. (EC)

  • Incidence of invasive species introduction (or number of invasive pathways controlled)

Target 6.5: Managing threats to ecosystems

Reduce the frequency and consequences of environmental emergencies that affect Canada. (EC)

  • Environmental emergencies tracking

Goal 7: Biological resources

Sustainable production and consumption of biological resources are within ecosystem limits.

Headline indicators

  • Annual harvest of timber relative to the level of harvest deemed to be sustainable
  • Status of major fish stocks

Target 7.1: Sustainable fisheries

Improve the management and conservation of major stocks. (DFO)

  • The percentage of major fish stocks where the harvest rate or level is at or below approved levels

Target 7.2: Sustainable aquaculture

To promote the conservation and optimum use of marine resources and the aquatic environment through improved aquaculture management by 2014. (DFO)

  • Percentage of aquaculture managed under a science-based environmental regulatory framework
  • Percentage of Canadian aquaculture producers certified environmentally sustainable or positioned to implement certification

Target 7.3: Sustainable forest management

Improve the management of Canada’s forest ecosystems through the development and dissemination of knowledge. (NRCan)

  • Number of peer-reviewed publications related to forest ecosystems

Theme IV: Shrinking the environmental footprint-Beginning with government

Goal 8: Greening government operations (GGO)

Minimize the environmental footprint of government operations.

GGO headline indicators

  • Percentage of FSDS GGO targets that are on track to meet / have met target expectations or are on track to exceed / have exceeded target expectations (as per self-selected traffic light indicators).

Target 8.1: As of April 1, 2012, and pursuant to departmental strategic frameworks, new construction and build-to-lease projects, and major renovation projects, will achieve an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance.2

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • Number of completed new construction, build-to-lease and major renovation projects in the given fiscal year, as per departmental strategic framework. (Optional in FY 2011–2012)
  • Number of completed new construction, build-to-lease and major renovation projects that have achieved an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance in the given fiscal year, as per departmental strategic framework. (Optional in FY 2011–2012) 
  • Existence of strategic framework. (Optional in RPP 2011–2012)

FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Percentage of custodian departments and agencies with a departmental strategic framework for green buildings.
  • Number and percentage of completed new construction, build-to-lease and major renovation projects that have achieved an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance in the given fiscal year and/or the given FSDS, as per departmental strategic frameworks.

Target 8.2: As of April 1, 2012, and pursuant to departmental strategic frameworks, existing crown buildings over 1,000m2 will be assessed for environmental performance using an industry-recognized assessment tool.3

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • Number of buildings over 1,000m2, as per departmental strategic framework. (Optional in FY 2011–2012)
  • Percentage of buildings over 1,000m2 that have been assessed using an industry-recognized assessment tool, as per departmental strategic framework. (Optional in FY 2011–2012)
  • Existence of strategic framework. (Optional in RPP 2011–2012)

  FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Number and percentage of existing crown buildings over 1,000m2 that have been assessed using an industry-recognized assessment tool, as per departmental strategic frameworks.

Target 8.3: As of April 1, 2012, and pursuant to departmental strategic frameworks, new lease or lease renewal projects over 1,000m2, where the Crown is the major lessee, will be assessed for environmental performance using an industry-recognized assessment tool.4

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • Number of completed lease and lease renewal projects over 1,000m2 in the given fiscal year, as per departmental strategic framework. (Optional in FY 2011–2012)
  • Number of completed lease and lease renewal projects over 1,000m2 that were assessed using an industry-recognized assessment tool in the given fiscal year, as per departmental strategic framework. (Optional in FY 2011–2012)
  • Existence of strategic framework. (Optional in RPP 2011–2012)

FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Number and percentage of completed lease and lease renewal projects over 1,000m2 that were assessed using an industry-recognized assessment tool in the given fiscal year and/or given FSDS, as per departmental strategic frameworks. 

Target 8.4: As of April 1, 2012, and pursuant to departmental strategic frameworks, fit-up and refit projects will achieve an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance.5

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • Number of completed fit-up and refit projects in the given fiscal year, as per departmental strategic framework. (Optional in FY 2011–2012)
  • Number of completed fit-up and refit projects that have achieved an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance in the given fiscal year, as per departmental strategic framework. (Optional in FY 2011–2012)
  • Existence of strategic framework. (Optional in RPP 2011–2012)

FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Number and percentage of completed fit-up and refit projects that have achieved an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance in the given fiscal year and/or given FSDS, as per departmental strategic frameworks.

Target 8.5: The federal government will take action now to reduce levels of greenhouse gas emissions from its operations to match the national target of 17% below 2005 by 2020.

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • Departmental GHG reduction target: Percentage of absolute reduction in GHG emissions by fiscal year 2020–2021, relative to fiscal year 2005–2006.6
  • Departmental GHG emissions in fiscal year 2005–2006, in kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent.
  • Departmental GHG emissions in the given fiscal year, in kilotonnes of CO2  equivalent (planned and actual).
  • Percent change in departmental GHG emissions from fiscal year 2005–2006 to the end of the given fiscal year.

FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Government of Canada base year GHG emissions: Aggregate of individual departments and agencies GHG emissions in fiscal year 2005–2006, in kilotonnes of CO2  equivalent.
  • Government of Canada planned GHG reductions:  Aggregate of individual departments and agencies GHG reduction targets for fiscal year 2020–2021, relative to fiscal year 2005–2006.
  • Government of Canada actual GHG reductions: Aggregate of departments and agencies actual reductions in GHG emissions at the time of reporting.

Target 8.6: By March 31, 2014, each department will reuse or recycle all surplus electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) in an environmentally sound and secure manner.

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • Existence of implementation plan for the disposal of all departmentally-generated EEE. (Optional in RPP 2011–2012)
  • Total number of departmental locations with EEE implementation plan fully implemented, expressed as a percentage of all locations, by the end of the given fiscal year.

FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Percentage of departments and agencies with an implementation plan for the disposal of all departmentally-generated EEE.

Target 8.7: By March 31, 2013, each department will achieve an 8:1 average ratio of office employees to printing units. Departments will apply target where building occupancy levels, security considerations, and space configuration allow.

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • Ratio of departmental office employees to printing units in fiscal year 2010–2011, where building occupancy levels, security considerations and space configuration allow. (Optional)
  • Ratio of departmental office employees to printing units at the end of the given fiscal year, where building occupancy levels, security considerations and space configuration allow.

FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Estimated ratio of Government of Canada office employees to printing units at the time of reporting, where building occupancy levels, security considerations and space configuration allow.

Target 8.8: By March 31, 2014, each department will reduce internal paper consumption per office employee by 20%. Each department will establish a baseline between 2005–2006 and 2011–2012, and applicable scope.

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • Number of sheets of internal office paper purchased or consumed per office employee in the baseline year selected, as per departmental scope. (Optional in RPP 2011–2012)
  • Cumulative reduction (or increase) in paper consumption, expressed as a percentage, relative to baseline year selected. (Optional in RPP 2011–2012)

FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Estimated reduction in paper consumption, expressed as a percentage, at the time of reporting.

Target 8.9: By March 31, 2012, each department will adopt a guide for greening meetings.

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • Presence of a green meeting guide. (Optional in RPP 2011–2012)

FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Percentage of departments and agencies with a green meeting guide.

Target 8.10:7As of April 1, 2011, each department will establish at least 3 SMART green procurement targets to reduce environmental impacts.

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • [Enter performance measure (using baseline data if available)]
  • Progress against measure in the given fiscal year.

FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Percentage of green procurement targets that meet SMART requirements.

Target 8.11:8As of April 1, 2011, each department will establish SMART targets for training, employee performance evaluations, and management processes and controls, as they pertain to procurement decision-making.

Department / agency FSDS GGO target indicators (as per the GGO Supplementary Table)

  • Target status**
  • [Enter performance measure (using baseline data if available)]
  • Progress against measure in the given fiscal year.

FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators

  • Percentage of green procurement targets that meet SMART requirements.



Notes with respect to the department / agency GGO target indicators:

** Each department and agency must self-select a target status for every greening government operations target. The target status for each target is represented by one of five traffic light indicators. The table below highlights the overall criteria for achieving each traffic light indicator. However, the Guidelines for Reporting in the Greening Government Operations Supplementary Table provides more specific criteria for selecting the traffic light indicators for each target. Reporting against target status using the traffic light indicators is only required in the DPR cycle.

Table: Overall criteria for GGO target traffic light indicators
Traffic light indicatorCriteria
Exceeded
(blue)
Department has exceeded target expectations
Achieved
(green)
Department has achieved the target
On track
(green)
Department is on track to achieve the target
Opportunity for improvement
(yellow)
Department has made some progress towards achieving the target, but the target is not on track
Attention required
(red)
Department has made little or no progress towards achieving the target

 


[1] Drinking water on reserve remains a primary focus of INAC’s current Key Performance Indicators mapping pilot, and targets will be revised based on the pilot's recommendations.

[2] This would be demonstrated by achieving LEED NC Silver, Green Globes Design 3 Globes, or equivalent.

[3] Assessment tools include: BOMA BESt, Green Globes or equivalent.

[4] Assessment tools include: BOMA BESt, an appropriately tailored BOMA International Green Lease Standard, or equivalent

[5] This would be demonstrated by achieving LEED CI Silver, Green Globes Fit-Up 3 Globes, or equivalent.

[6] This is both a performance indicator and a target at the same time. As a target it represents departments and agencies GHG reduction targets by 2020–2021, relative to 2005–2006 emissions levels. As an indicator, it provides a measure of how individual departments and agencies targeted reductions reflect the government-wide 17% reduction by 2020, relative to 2005 levels.

[7] Target 8.10 is actually three targets bundled into one. As such, each department must self-select a minimum of three performance indicators to measure progress against each of their three self-selected targets.

[8] Target 8.11 is actually three targets bundled into one. As such, each department must self-select a minimum of three performance indicators to measure progress against each of their three self-selected targets.

Notes with respect to the FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators:

Additional / alternative FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators may be developed upon review of information reporting in GGO tables.

Exceptions / caveats / quantification methodology fore FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators to be determined and may be reported with each Progress Report.

Some FSDS-wide “roll-up” target indicators will not be available until the 2011–2012 Departmental Performance Reports are released (approximately December 2012)

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