Annex D: Data considerations and notes

Goal 1: Climate Change—In order to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels and adapt to unavoidable impacts.

Indicator: National greenhouse gas emissions

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 1.1: Climate Change Mitigation—Relative to 2005 emission levels, reduce Canada’s total GHG emissions 17% by 2020

Indicator: Progress toward Canada’s GHG emissions reduction target

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 1.2: Climate Change Adaptation—Facilitate reduced vulnerability of individuals, communities, regions and economic sectors to the impacts of climate change through the development and provision of information and tools.

Indicator: Number of Canadian communities with Heat Alert and Response Systems

Indicator: Number of community-based research projects funded to address climate change and health adaptation in First Nations and Inuit communities in northern Canada

Indicator: Number of new knowledge products indicator

Indicator: Number of communities implementing adaptation plans and measures

Indicator: Number of new and revised codes and standards and guidelines for infrastructure in the North being adopted

Data Considerations and Notes

Goal 2: Air Pollution—Minimize the threats to air quality so that the air Canadians breathe is clean and supports healthy ecosystems.

Indicator: Air quality indicators

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 2.1: Outdoor Air Pollutants—Improve outdoor air quality by ensuring compliance with new or amended regulated emission limits by 2020 and thus reducing emissions of air pollutants in support of Air Quality Management System (AQMS) objectives.

Indicator: National air pollutant emissions

Indicator: Air health indicator—Ozone and fine particulate matter

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 2.2: Indoor Air Quality—Help protect the health of Canadians by providing health-based guidance and tools to support actions to better manage indoor air quality.

Indicator: Actions to manage indoor air quality that incorporate health-based guidance

Data Considerations and Notes

Goal 3: Water Quality and Water Quantity—Protect and enhance water so that it is clean, safe and secure for all Canadians and supports healthy ecosystems.

Indicator: Drinking water advisories in Canada

Indicator: Freshwater quality in Canadian rivers

Indicator: Water quantity in Canadian rivers

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.1: On-reserve First Nations Water and Wastewater Systems—Increase the percentage of on-reserve First Nations water systems with low risk ratings from 27% to 50% by 2015. Increase the percentage of on-reserve First Nations wastewater systems with low risk ratings from 35% to 70% by 2015.

Indicator: First Nations water and wastewater system risk

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.2: Drinking Water Quality—Help protect the health of Canadians by developing up to 15 water quality guidelines/guidance documents by 2016.

Indicator: Water quality guidelines/guidance documents

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.3: Great Lakes–Canadian Areas of Concern—Take federal actions to restore beneficial uses for delisting of five Canadian Areas of Concern and to reduce the number of impaired beneficial uses in the remaining Areas of Concern by 25% by 2018.

Indicator: Restoring the Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC)

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.4: Great Lakes—Contribute to the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes by developing and gaining binational acceptance of objectives for the management of nutrients in Lake Erie by 2016 and for the other Great Lakes as required.

Indicator: Phosphorus levels in the Great Lakes

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.5: St. Lawrence River—Take federal actions to reduce pollutants to improve water quality, conserve biodiversity and ensure beneficial uses in the St. Lawrence River by 2016.

Indicator: Phosphorus and nitrogen levels in the St. Lawrence River

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.6: Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay—Reduce an estimated 2000 kg of phosphorus loadings to Lake Simcoe by 2017, which will support the Province of Ontario’s target to reduce phosphorus inputs into Lake Simcoe to 44 000 kg per year by 2045. Reduce an estimated 2000 kg of phosphorus loadings to South-eastern Georgian Bay watersheds by 2017.

Indicator: Reducing phosphorus loads to Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.7: Lake Winnipeg Basin—By 2017, reduce phosphorus inputs to water bodies in the Lake Winnipeg basin, in support of the Province of Manitoba’s overall plan to reduce phosphorus in Lake Winnipeg by 50% to pre-1990 levels.

Indicator: Phosphorus and nitrogen levels in Lake Winnipeg

Indicator: Reducing phosphorus loads to Lake Winnipeg

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.8: Marine Pollution—Releases of Harmful Pollutants—Protect the marine environment by an annual 5% reduction in the number of releases of harmful pollutants in the marine environment by vessels identified during pollution patrol from 2013–2016.

Indicator: Number of marine pollution spills from identified vessels

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.9: Marine Pollution—Disposal at Sea—Ensure that permitted disposal at sea is sustainable, such that 85% of disposal site monitoring events do not identify the need for site management action (such as site closure) from 2013–2016.

Indicator: Managing disposal at sea

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.10: Agri-environmental Performance Metrics—Achieve a value between 81–100 on each of the Water Quality and Soil Quality Agri-Environmental Performance Metrics by March 31, 2030.

Indicator: Soil and water quality indicators for agriculture

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.11: Wastewater and Industrial Effluent—Reduce risks associated with effluent from wastewater (sewage) and industrial sectors by 2020.

Indicator: Managing metal mining effluent quality in Canada

Indicator: Managing pulp and paper effluent quality in Canada

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 3.12: Water Resource Management—Facilitate sustainable water resource management through the collection of data and the development and dissemination of knowledge from 2013–2016.

Data Considerations and Notes

Goal 4: Conserving and restoring ecosystems, wildlife and habitat, and protecting Canadians—Resilient ecosystems with healthy wildlife populations so Canadians can enjoy benefits from natural spaces, resources and ecological services for generations to come.

Indicator: General Status of Species in Canada

Indicator: Level of exposure to substances of concern

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 4.1: Species at risk—By 2020, populations of species at risk listed under federal law exhibit trends that are consistent with recovery strategies and management plans.

Indicator: Species at risk population trends

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 4.2: Migratory Birds—Improve the proportion of migratory bird species that meet their population goals.

Indicator: Population status of Canada’s migratory birds

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 4.3: Terrestrial Ecosystems and Habitat Stewardship—Contribute to the proposed national target so that by 2020 at least 17% of terrestrial areas and inland water are conserved through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.

Indicator: Canada’s protected areas—terrestrial area

Indicator: Habitat secured for waterfowl

Indicator: Habitat secured for species at risk

Indicator: Total land area identified that is key to migratory birds and species at risk

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 4.4: Improving the Health of National Parks—Improve the condition of at least 1 Ecological Integrity Indicator in 20 national parks by 2015.

Indicator: Ecological integrity of national parks

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 4.5: Marine Ecosystems—By 2020, 10% of coastal and marine areas are conserved through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.

Indicator: Canada’s protected areas—marine area

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 4.6: Invasive Alien Species—By 2020, pathways of invasive alien species introductions are identified, and risk-based intervention or management plans are in place for priority pathways and species.

Indicator: Newly established invasive alien species in Canada, 2012–2013

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 4.7: Environmental Disasters, Incidents and Emergencies—Environmental disasters, incidents and emergencies are prevented or their impacts mitigated.

Indicator: Environmental emergencies–regulated facilities

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 4.8: Chemicals Management—Reduce risks to Canadians and impacts on the environment and human health posed by releases of harmful substances.

Indicator: Releases of harmful substances to the environment

Indicator: Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in fish and water

Indicator: Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in fish and sediment

Indicator: Levels of human exposure to harmful substances

Data Considerations and Notes

Goal 5: Biological Resources—Efficient economic and ecological use of resources–Production and consumption of biological resources are sustainable.

Indicator: Sustainability of timber harvest

Indicator: Status of major fish stocks

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 5.1: Sustainable Fisheries—Improve the management and conservation of major stocks.

Indicator: Sustainable fish harvest

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 5.2: Sustainable Aquaculture—By 2020, all aquaculture in Canada is managed under a science–based regime that promotes the sustainable use of aquatic resources (including marine, freshwater and land-based) in ways that conserve biodiversity.

Indicator: Management of Canadian aquaculture

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 5.3: Sustainable Forest Management—Contribute to the proposed national target so that by 2020 continued progress is made on the sustainable management of Canada’s forests.

Indicator: Representation of the Canadian Forest Service on advisory boards or committees involving governments, industry and non-governmental organizations in order to provide scientific knowledge on forest ecosystems

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 5.4: Sustainable Agriculture—By 2020, agricultural working landscapes provide a stable or improved level of biodiversity and habitat capacity.

Indicator: Wildlife habitat capacity on farmland

Indicator: Environmental farm planning on agricultural land

Data Considerations and Notes

Goal 6: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy—Reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of federal operations.

Target 6.1: GHG Emissions Reduction—The Government of Canada will reduce GHG emissions from its buildings and fleet by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.

Indicator: Departmental GHG emissions reductions from buildings and fleets relative to fiscal year 2005–2006, expressed as a percentage

Data Considerations and Notes

Goal 7: Waste and Asset Management—Reduce waste generated and minimize the environmental impacts of assets throughout their life cycle.

Indicator: Number of real property projects and existing buildings achieving a high level of environmental performance

Indicator: Number and percentage of FSDS departments that have established three SMART green procurement targets from the identified commodity categories

Indicator: Number and percentage of FSDS departments that have developed an approach to maintain and improve the sustainability of workplace policies and practices

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 7.1: Real Property Environmental Performance—As of April 1, 2014, and pursuant to departmental Real Property Sustainability Frameworks, an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance will be achieved in Government of Canada real property projects and operations.

Indicator: Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings (over 1000 m²) and new lease or lease renewal projects (over 1000 m²), where the Crown is the major lessee, assessed for environmental performance using an industry-recognized assessment tool, and associated floor space (m²)

Indicator: Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings, new construction, build-to-lease projects, major renovation projects, achieving an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance, and associated floor space (m²)

Indicator: Number of fit-up and refit projects achieving an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 7.2: Green Procurement—As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

Indicator: Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and/or material management who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course or equivalent, in the given fiscal year

Indicator: Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and material management whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution towards green procurement, in the given fiscal year

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations—As of April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Indicator: The existence of a departmental approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of workplace policies and practices

Data Considerations and Notes

Target 7.4: Greening Services to Clients—By March 31, 2015, departments will establish SMART targets to reduce the environmental impact of their services to clients.

Indicator: Three FSDS departments have established targets to reduce the environmental impact of their services to clients.

Data Considerations and Notes

Goal 8: Water Management—Improve water management in federal operations.

Target 8.1: Water Management—As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will take further action to improve water management within its real property portfolio.

Indicator: Number of applicable FSDS departments and agencies that have established an approach to improving water management in their real property operations

Indicator: Amount and percentage of floor space of new Crown-owned construction and major renovation projects that includes water metering, in the given fiscal year

Data Considerations and Notes

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