Supplementary Information Tables: 2015–16 Report on Plans and Priorities

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013–16 guides the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. In keeping with the objectives of the Act to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, the Public Health Agency of Canada supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy presents the planned contributions and expected results for Theme I - Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality and Theme IV - Shrinking the Environmental Footprint - Beginning with Government.

2. Themes I to III: Department and Agency-Led Targets

FSDS Goal FSDS Performance Indicator FSDS Target
n/a n/a n/a

3. Themes I to III: Implementation Strategies

FSDS Theme I: Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality

Linkages to the Program Alignment Architecture (PAA): Sub-Sub-Program 1.2.1.3: Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

FSDS GOAL 1 – Climate Change: In order to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emission levels and adapt to unavoidable impacts.

FSDS 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.

FSDS Implementation Strategy led by the Agency: 1.2.2 Work with domestic and international stakeholders to reduce infectious disease risks and public health threats related to climate change by increasing public health capacity and expertise through targeted research, modelling and cost-benefit analysis.

Performance Indicators Performance Measures
Increased collaboration on climate change adaptation Number of collaborations with organizations
Targeted communities and sectors recognize the need for adaptation Number of presentations requested on public health and environmental change
Targeted communities and sectors are aware of relevant adaptation measures Number of science-based decision-making tools disseminated
Number of reports disseminated
Number of publications disseminated
Adaptation measures have been identified to address risks and opportunities arising from climate change Number of stakeholders/organizations that identify the need to develop adaptation plans/strategies to address their needs

Achievements expected in 2015–16:
The Agency seeks to reduce the vulnerability of individuals, communities, and regions to climate change impacts which have the potential to adversely affect the health of Canada's population. Through the Preventative Public Health Systems and Adaptation to Climate Change Program, the Agency fosters engagement and capacity building with federal/provincial/territorial (F/P/T) and regional stakeholders as well as international public health organizations. The Program aims to reduce infectious disease emergence, and address the risk associated with climate change through enhancing evidence-based information. Key activities include conducting risk assessments, and developing, validating, and refining practical adaptation strategies and tools.

Clean Air Agenda Planned Spending for 2015–16: $1,100,000

4. Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Goal 7: Waste and Asset Management
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.
Scope and Context
The Agency is custodian of three laboratories totalling 20,900 m2 and is a tenant in 66,600 m2 of leased space that accommodates approximately 2,488 employees in 63 locations.

The Agency and Health Canada (HC) worked jointly to transform their individual Green Buildings Strategic Frameworks into a shared Real Property Sustainability Framework. Greening practices outlined in the Framework are applied to all temperature controlled office and laboratory spaces over 1000 m2 where benchmark information is available.
Link to Department's PAA
Internal Services
Performance Measurement
Expected Result
An industry-recognized level of high-environmental performance will be achieved in Government of Canada real property projects and operations.
Performance Indicator Performance Target
A Real Property Sustainability Framework in place to improve the management of energy, waste and water in departmental real property assets by March 31, 2015. March 31, 2015
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). 0 Crown-owned buildings
0 m2
0 New lease or lease renewal projects
0 m2
Planned assessment tool to be used:
- BOMA BEStFootnote 1
- International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (laboratory projects only)
Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings, new construction, build-to-lease projects, and major renovation projects achieving an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance, and associated floor space (m2). 0 Crown-owned buildings
0 m2
0 New construction projects
0 m2
0 Build-to-lease projects
0 m2
0 Major renovation projects
0 m2
Planned environmental performance level to be achieved:
- 3 Green GlobesFootnote 2 (projects $1M-$10M)
- LEEDFootnote 3 (CI) Silver (projects $10M+)
- International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (laboratory project only)
Number of fit-up and refit projects achieving an industry-recognized level of high-environmental performance. 0 Fit-up and refit projects
0 m2
Planned environmental performance level to be achieved:
- 3 Green Globes (projects $1M-$10M)
- LEED (CI) Silver (projects $10M+)
- International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (laboratory project only)
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Performance Target
7.1.1.1. Achieve a level of performance that meets or exceeds the custodian's current commitment(s) to sustainable buildings using industry-recognized assessment and verification tool(s). Seeking to reach "Achieved"
7.1.1.3. Develop plans to address environmental performance assessment recommendations for existing Crown owned buildings. Seeking to reach "Achieved"
7.1.1.4. Manage the collection, diversion and disposal of workplace waste in Crown- owned buildings in an environmentally responsible manner. Seeking to reach "Achieved"
7.1.1.5. Manage construction, renovation and demolition waste in Crown-owned buildings in an environmentally responsible manner. Seeking to reach "Achieved"
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.
Scope and Context
The Agency will continue to focus on greening its procurement of office supplies, information technology (IT) hardware, and office equipment. The scope of each target area is outlined below:
  • Office Supplies: Excludes purchases using acquisition cards.
  • IT Hardware: Includes automatic data processing equipment (e.g., computers), and excludes laboratory, field equipment, and purchases using acquisition cards.
  • Office Equipment: Includes all printers, faxes, scanners, multi-functional devices and photocopiers, and excludes laboratory, field equipment, and purchases using acquisition cards.
  • Through the June 2012 Order in Council that created the Health Portfolio Shared Services Partnership, the Public Health Agency of Canada relies upon Health Canada's procurement and materiel management specialists in order to fulfill these functions.
Link to Department's PAA
Internal Services
Performance Measurement
Expected Result
Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.
Performance Indicator Targeted performance level
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. Yes, March 31, 2014
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in the given fiscal year. 3
100 %
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in the given fiscal year. 1
100%
Departmental Green Procurement Target
By March 31, 2017, 90% of IT hardware purchases will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the equipment.
Performance Indicator Performance Target
Volume of IT hardware purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value of all purchases for IT hardware in the year in question. 90%
Departmental Green Procurement Target
By March 31, 2017, 80% of office supply purchases will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the supplies.
Performance Indicator Performance Target
Volume of office supply purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value of all office supply purchases in the year in question. 60%
Departmental Green Procurement Target
By March 31, 2017, 90% of purchases of office equipment (printers, faxes, scanners and photocopiers) will have one or more environmental features.
Performance Indicator Performance Target
Volume of office supply purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value of all office supply purchases in the year in question. 90%
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Performance Target
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Seeking to reach "Achieved"
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.
Scope and Context
The Agency has over 2,488 employees located in 63 locations across Canada. Although some unique situations exist, the majority of Agency workplaces are offices, boardrooms, and cafeterias containing typical office equipment: computers, telephones, printers, and photocopiers.

The Agency and HC, through a shared consultative Sustainable Workplace Operations Working Group, are developing a Sustainable Workplace Operations Approach which outlines the commitment of both organizations to improving the sustainability of workplaces across the country.
Link to Department's PAA
Internal Services
Performance Measurement
Expected Result
Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.
Performance Indicator Performance Target
An approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of the departmental workplace is in place by March 31, 2015. March 31, 2015
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Performance Target
7.3.1.1. Engage employees in greening government operations practices. Seeking to reach "Achieved"
7.3.1.3. Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (i.e., printer ratios, paper usage and green meetings). Seeking to reach "Achieved"
7.3.1.6. Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Seeking to reach "Achieved"
Goal 8: Water Management
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.
Scope and Context
The Agency is custodian of three laboratories totalling 20,900 m2 and a tenant in 66,600 m2 of leased space that accommodates approximately 2,488 employees in 63 locations.

Through the implementation of a Real Property Sustainability Framework, the Agency will demonstrate its approach to sustainable water management within its real property portfolio.
Link to Department's PAA
Internal Services
Performance Measurement
Expected Result
Water is managed sustainably in Government of Canada real property operations.
Performance Indicator Performance Target
Approach to improving water management included in Real Property Sustainability Framework by March 31, 2015. March 31, 2015
Amount and percentage of floor space in buildings over 1000 m2 that includes water metering, in the given fiscal year (where feasible). 20,900 m2 existing Crown-owned
100 %
0 m2 new Crown built-to-lease
0 %
0 m2 major renovations
0 %
66,600 m2 leases
100 %
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Performance Target
8.1.1.1 Conserve potable water. Seeking to reach "Achieved"
Best Practice
8.1.3 Analyze the water consumption data collected to determine steps to improve water management in Crown-owned assets.
Seeking to reach "Achieved"

6. Sustainable Development Management System

The Agency is committed to sustainable development and contributes to the FSDS by delivering on its core vision of healthy Canadians and communities in a healthier world. The Agency strives to integrate environmental, economic and social factors in the making of decisions in order to derive added benefits or to avoid or mitigate negative impacts on human health for both present and future generations.

The Agency's sustainable development vision is guided by the following principles:

  • Strengthen Canada's capacity to protect and improve the health of Canadians;
  • Build an effective public health system that enables Canadians to achieve better health and well-being in their daily lives by promoting good health, helping prevent chronic diseases and injury, and protecting Canadians from infectious diseases and other threats to their health; and
  • Reduce health disparities between the most advantaged and disadvantaged Canadians.

The Agency will manage and promote sustainable development within its policy, planning and operational processes. Sustainable development planning and reporting is linked with the federal government's core expenditure planning and reporting system. Consistent with the Government of Canada reporting on the FSDS, the Agency has fully integrated its sustainable development commitments in the Report on Plans and Priorities Supplementary Information Tables. The Agency reports on progress against these commitments in its annual Departmental Performance Report Supplementary Information Tables.

The Agency will continue to contribute to the federal approach to sustainable development through its ongoing participation at interdepartmental committees and working groups.

The Agency's Assistant Deputy Minister Sustainable Development Champion will continue to be a leader for sustainable development at the Agency by promoting sustainable development commitments and achievements. The Champion will engage senior management at corporate governance committees as required to promote advancement of sustainable development commitments. The Champion's leadership is vital in moving the Agency towards the integration of sustainable development principles and FSDS and DSDS commitments into the policies and programs of the Agency. In addition, the Champion will continue to maintain compliance with the Cabinet Directive on Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals.

7. Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process serves as the strategic platform for the Agency to apply SD principles and environmental considerations to new policy, plan and program creation. The Agency has established processes and guidance for staff to maintain compliance rates with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals.

The Agency will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of the FSDS goals and targets through the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. An SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on the FSDS goals and targets. The results of the Agency's detailed assessment are made public when an initiative is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that the environmental effects, including the impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program have been appropriately considered during proposal development and decision making.


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