Sustainable Development Advisory Council: notice of opportunity

We are seeking individuals to fill 3 positions on the Sustainable Development Advisory Council starting in December 2020 for a 4-year term with the possibility of renewal.

The positions will be for representatives of the following:

  • Provinces and territories
    • Northwest Territories (1)
  • Other representation categories
    • Indigenous Peoples (2)

Mandate of the body

The Sustainable Development Advisory Council is established under the Federal Sustainable Development Act and, as of December 1, 2020, will be modified by An Act to Amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act. Its mandate will include providing the Minister of Environment and Climate Change with advice on issues of sustainable development in addition to reviewing and commenting on drafts of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, which sets out federal environmental sustainability goals, targets and actions for a 3-year period.


The Council is chaired by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and includes one representative from the public for each province and territory, and three representatives from each of the following: Indigenous peoples, environmental non-governmental organizations, organizations representative of business, and organizations representative of labour. In addition, as of December 1, 2020, three further representatives of Indigenous peoples will be seated on Council.

Key activities

The Council will meet annually at the Minister’s request to discuss sustainable development in Canada. During public consultations on the draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, Council members will review and provide advice on the draft. In carrying out their duties, Council members will represent their respective constituencies’ interests, points of view and concerns. Environment and Climate Change Canada's Sustainable Development Office will provide Secretariat functions.


As required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act, Council members will hold office without remuneration. Members will be reimbursed for expenses incurred on approved travel for scheduled meetings such as travel costs and accommodation, subject to the Treasury Board’s Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.

Position location/time commitment

Council members will be asked to participate in annual meetings and at least two meetings during public consultations on the draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, to be held at a time and date chosen by the Chair. Most meetings will be virtual, with members taking part remotely (for example, via teleconference). Members will also be encouraged to collaborate outside of scheduled meetings. A secure web-based discussion forum will be made available to support discussion and submission of comments.

How to apply

Candidates must submit an application to by November 26, 2020. The application must include the following:

  • curriculum vitae and contact information (address, email, and phone number)
  • contact information for two references
  • a cover letter addressing the eligibility criteria and qualifications

Questions can be directed to

Eligibility criteria and qualifications

To be considered for this position, you must be:

  • a resident of the province or territory that you are applying to represent, or
  • recognized as a representative of Indigenous peoples.

You must provide concrete examples in your application that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following education, experience, citizenship and knowledge requirements:

  • a degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience in the areas related to the work of the Council such as environmental sustainability
  • experience in participating in multi-interest processes
  • if applying for a territorial or provincial position, residence in that territory or province
  • experience in sustainable development
  • knowledge of issues relevant to the Council, particularly environmental sustainability and the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy
  • communication skills
  • ability to speak both official languages is an asset
  • Canadian citizenship

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, your references will be contacted to verify how you have demonstrated the above requirements and the following personal attributes in your current and recently-held positions:

  • leadership
  • sound judgment
  • high ethical standards and integrity
  • diplomacy and tact
  • superior interpersonal skills

Official languages and diversity

We will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. You are therefore encouraged to indicate your ability to speak and understand your second official language in your application. We are committed to ensuring that its appointments take into consideration the desire to achieve gender parity and reflect Canada's diversity in terms of linguistic, generational, regional and employment equity representation. You are therefore encouraged to indicate in your application if you are a member of one or more of the following groups:

  • women
  • Indigenous peoples
  • persons with a disability
  • visible minority
  • youth

Please note that there is no requirement to provide this information, it is voluntary.

Eligibility factors and conditions of appointment

  • members must be Canadian citizens
  • members must be recognized experts in the field, with a direct interest in implementing sustainable development at the Federal level
  • members must be able to speak about sustainable development issues arising from the perspective of their constituency; and
  • members must be proactive and solutions-oriented in their approach

If you are appointed to this position:

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

Personal information collection statement

Your personal information is protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act. The information will be held in Standard Personal Information Bank, Members of Boards, Committees and Councils PSU 919, and it will be retained according to the retention and disposal schedule established for this bank.

Under the Privacy Act, you have the right to request access to and correction of your personal information if it is erroneous or incomplete. If you wish to avail yourself of this right or require clarification about this statement, please contact our Privacy Coordinator at For more information on privacy issues and the Privacy Act, please consult the Privacy Commissioner's website.

The transmission of this information is not secure and therefore sensitive personal information such as your social insurance number should not be included. If after reading this statement, you prefer not to submit your inquiry via email, you may send it by mail to:

Director General, Corporate Secretariat
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Fontaine Building, 2nd floor
200 Sacré-Coeur Blvd
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

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