Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013–16, tabled on November 4, 2013, guides the Government of Canada’s sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA). In keeping with the objectives of the FSDA, to make environmental decision–making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, the Department of Natural Resources supports its implementation through the strategies described below.

The 2013-16 FSDS includes 26 NRCan implementation strategies, as opposed to 40 in the previous Strategy. This change results from various factors, such as a major review of the department’s Program Alignment Architecture, changes to our programming, etc.

These 26 strategies compose the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS) which is published as a Supplementary Table for the first time this year. The strategies included in the renewed FSDS are used to report results, even though the corresponding RPP 2013-14 was based on the previous ones. As in the past, the strategies have been linked to the relevant sub-programs. For information on how they help advancing the four FSDS themes (namely Theme I – Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality, Theme II – Maintaining Water Quality and Availability, Theme III – Protecting Nature and Canadians and Theme IV –Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government) please see the 2013-16 FSDS.

Finally, the Clean Air Agenda programming (CAA) was integrated into the implementation strategies. As such, information collected for these ISs contain all relevant CAA reporting information. Financial information – planned spending for planning reports and actual spending for performance reports – are still presented by CAA programs.