Federal Sustainable Development Strategy


The Government of Canada would like your input on the draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-2019. Visit the Strategy website to review the Strategy and help us make it better. Your comments are welcome throughout the consultation period, which ends June 24, 2016.

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) Theme IV, Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government, provides Canadians with a whole-of-government view of environmental priorities at the federal level, with goals, targets and implementation strategies across 30 departments and agencies. The Federal Sustainable Development Act, passed 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 an FSDS that is updated every three years. The 2016-2019 strategy represents the third cycle of this approach. The first cycle of the FSDS, covering the period 2010-2013, was tabled in Parliament in October 2010. The second cycle of the FSDS was released in November 2013.

One component of the strategy involves applying sustainable development to federal government operations. The national target for Canada's public facilities is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from the 2005 levels by 2020. Among the proposals for the 2016-2019 cycle is a proposal for public facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The Federal Buildings Initiative has the tools necessary tools to help federal organizations meet these targets.

For additional information, visit GCpedia’sFootnote 1 web pages on Sustainable Development Office (SDO) and Office of Greening Government Operations.