Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

Read the 2016–2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy is the government’s plan and vision for a more sustainable Canada. It outlines goals and actions to promote clean growth, ensure healthy ecosystems and build safe, secure and sustainable communities.

What's New

We’ve committed to update the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy on an ongoing basis. The Spring 2017 Update includes results on short-term milestones and updates to key priorities, including announcements in Budget 2017.

The “Report to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on the Federal Sustainable Development Act” was released on June 19, 2017.

Sustainability indicators

The Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators measure the progress of the strategy, report to Canadians on the state of the environment, and describe Canada’s progress on key environmental sustainability issues.

Strategic environmental assessment

Environment and Climate Change Canada conducts strategic environmental assessments (SEA) on its new policy, plan, or program proposals. When a proposal is approved or announced, these SEA findings are made available to the public.

Departmental sustainable development strategies

Federal departments and agencies with responsibilities under the strategy outline their sustainable development activities through Departmental Sustainable Development Strategies.

Previous strategies and progress reports

The 2013–2016 strategy

The 2010–2013 strategy

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