Backgrounder : 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development



The government is pursuing domestic and international policies that are well aligned with the 2030 Agenda: eliminating poverty, building economic growth, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and taking action on climate change, clean energy, and oceans.

In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada committed funding over 13 years:

  • $49.4 million to establish a Sustainable Development Goals Unit (SDG Unit) within Employment and Social Development Canada and fund monitoring and reporting by Statistics Canada to effectively measure progress;
  • $59.8 million ($4.6 million annually) for an SDG funding program to support implementation of the SDGs in Canada.

To support Canada’s commitment, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development leads the coordination of Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda, in close collaboration with all other ministers and their departments. This includes responsibility to develop a national strategy through engagement with provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous peoples and other stakeholders; raising public awareness of the 2030 Agenda and fostering new partnerships and networks to advance the SDGs; and, administering a funding program for innovative and horizontal initiatives that support the achievement of the SDGs.

2030 Agenda National Strategy

To accelerate progress on the SDGs, the Government of Canada is leading the development of a 2030 Agenda national strategy by engaging with all levels of government, Indigenous peoples, municipalities, civil society, the private sector and all Canadians. The national strategy will seek to create a common understanding and vision of Canada’s path towards implementation and identify actions to be taken to advance progress on the SDGs.

Towards Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy is the result of nationwide consultation activities. This interim document is a first step toward establishing the structures, processes and activities that need to be in place to move the 2030 Agenda forward in a coordinated, transparent and accountable manner. It highlights the various actors involved and the partnerships, innovation and investment required to achieve the SDGs and it establishes the foundation for developing a Canadian Indicator Framework adapted to Canadian reality to accurately report on progress made with the SDGs.

Toward a National Strategy for Canada’s 2030 Agenda will serve as the foundation for further engagement with stakeholders on the development a national strategy that reflects a whole-of-Canada approach. Comments and feedback can be shared online at , by email at or on social media channels by using the hashtag #Can2030Agenda.

Measuring Progress on the 2030 Agenda

Measurement is essential for monitoring progress made towards achieving the SDGs. The Global Indicator Framework, which includes 169 targets and 232 indicators, is intended for the global follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for all UN Member States. Statistics Canada has launched the SDG Data Hub to report on Canada’s progress at the global level.

To support domestic monitoring and reporting, countries are also encouraged to develop country specific indicators that are relevant to their particular context. Statistics Canada is developing a Canadian Indicator Framework (CIF), in collaboration with other federal departments. The CIF, which complements the Global Indicator Framework, will be used to measure progress on the different Canadian ambitions identified in Towards Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy.

The first iteration of the CIF is the result of a review of the federal policies, strategies and initiatives related to all the SDGs and consultations with the departments and agencies involved. It proposes 30 ambitions, 60 federal indicators and many targets that span the SDGs.

To ensure no one is left behind, the CIF will provide disaggregated data for many specific groups that are potentially vulnerable, including women, children, seniors, veterans, immigrants, members of visible minorities, single-parent households, people with low income, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.[1]

The proposed CIF is intended to start a conversation on how to measure progress on the SDGs and will aims to identify and include whole-of-Canada ambitions, indicators and targets supported by all Canadians. By establishing the CIF, Canada will be able to chart its path toward advancing each of the SDGs, assess progress, correct its course, identify gaps and propose concrete actions.

[1] International Institute for Sustainable Development, Leaving No Canadian Behind: Measuring the well-being of vulnerable Canadians for effective SDG implementation.

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