Indicators supporting the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy
This page presents the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators that support the 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS). The indicators are provided under the FSDS aspirational long-term goal they link to.
Effective action on climate change
A low-carbon economy contributes to limiting global average temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius and supports efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
- Greenhouse gas emissions (updated April 2018)
- Progress towards Canada's greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (updated January 2018)
Healthy coasts and oceans
Coasts and oceans support healthy, resilient and productive ecosystems.
Pristine lakes and rivers
Clean and healthy lakes and rivers support economic prosperity and the well-being of Canadians.
- Water quality in Canadian rivers (updated January 2018)
- Water quantity in Canadian rivers (updated January 2018)
- Restoring the Great Lakes Areas of Concern (updated October 2018)
- Phosphorus levels in the offshore waters of the Great Lakes (updated May 2017)
- Nutrients in the St. Lawrence River (updated September 2016)
- Reducing phosphorus loads to Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay (updated October 2017)
- Nutrients in Lake Winnipeg (updated September 2018)
- Pulp and paper effluent quality (updated July 2018)
- Metal mining effluent quality (updated September 2018)
Sustainably managed lands and forests
Lands and forests support biodiversity and provide a variety of ecosystem services for generations to come.
Healthy wildlife populations
All species have healthy and viable populations.
Clean drinking water
All Canadians have access to safe drinking water and, in particular, the significant challenges Indigenous communities face are addressed.
- Drinking water advisories (updated June 2018)
Innovation and ingenuity contribute to a world-leading agricultural sector and food economy for the benefit of all Canadians.
Safe and healthy communities
All Canadians live in clean, sustainable communities that contribute to their health and well-being.
- Air pollutant emissions (updated August 2018)
- Air quality (updated October 2018)
- Air health trends (updated September 2018)
- Emissions of harmful substances to air (updated August 2018)
- Human exposure to harmful substances (updated August 2018)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in fish and sediment (updated August 2018)
- Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in fish and water (updated November 2016)
- Releases of harmful substances to water (updated August 2018)
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