Canada and the Sustainable Development Goals

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Progress on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a shared responsibility. It requires a whole-of-government and whole-of-society effort.

In September 2015, Canada and all other 192 United Nations (UN) Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN General Assembly. This initiative is a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The 2030 Agenda highlights the need to address today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. Canada will continue to take action driven by an intersectional, gender-responsive, whole-of-society approach to ensure our efforts are effective, impactful, and leave no one behind.

17 goals to leave no one behind

The Government of Canada is working with partners and stakeholders to advance the 2030 Agenda at home and abroad through concrete actions on the 17 SDGs.

Click on each SDG icon below to view how the Government of Canada priorities, policies, and programs contribute to advancing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Given the interconnections between the goals, initiatives support multiple goals, and advance cross-sectoral collaboration.

How we are taking action

Taking Action Together – Canada’s 2021 Annual Report on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

Canada’s first Annual Report tracks progress on the 17 SDGs, through the 76 indicators identified in the Canadian Indicator Framework, and against the 5 core objectives identified in Moving Forward Together: Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy:

  1. fostering leadership, governance, and policy coherence
  2. raising awareness, engagement, and partnerships
  3. accountability, transparency, measurement and reporting
  4. reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the 2030 Agenda
  5. investing in the SDGs

The Report features contributions of the Government of Canada as well as contributions by partners and stakeholders to implement the 2030 Agenda and advance its 17 SDGs.

Moving Forward Together: Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy

Moving Forward Together – Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy is an important milestone in continuing to implement and advance the 2030 Agenda.

The objective of the National Strategy is to create and foster an enabling environment for ongoing participation, dialogue, and whole-of-society collaboration to help advance progress on the 17 SDGs.

Further, Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy sets out an approach to accelerate progress towards meeting the SDGs in Canada, and contribute to their achievement internationally.

Federal Implementation Plan for the 2030 Agenda

The Federal Implementation Plan articulates how the Government of Canada will contribute to advancing the National Strategy at the federal level, through:

  • assigning roles and responsibilities to federal departments and agencies for advancing the SDGs
  • producing an Annual Report to Canadians on progress
  • ongoing opportunities for public engagement
  • the SDG Funding Program

Monitoring and reporting on progress

Statistics Canada is measuring and reporting on Canada’s progress on the SDGs.

Data on the Canadian Indicator Framework and the Global Indicator Framework is available through the SDG Data Hub.

Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program

The SDG Funding Program supports the work of partners to advance progress on the SDGs.

The SDG Funding Program is a grants and contributions program that seeks to:

  • increase public awareness of the SDGs
  • support new partnerships to advance action
  • identify and implement innovative initiatives to drive progress on the SDGs

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