Sustainable Development

On October 6, 2010, the federal government tabled its first Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, (FSDS). For the first time, the FSDS brought together the Government of Canada’s environmental sustainability priorities and our progress in achieving them all in one place. The Strategy also committed to strengthening how we integrate environmental considerations related to economic and social decision-making and set clear targets to green federal operations.

On November 4, 2013, the federal government tabled an updated Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2013-2016. The updated strategy is a result of public consultations and input from 32 departments and agencies. Recommendations include making targets more specific and measurable; enhancing coverage of environmental issues; recognizing collaboration with others; better integrating social and economic dimensions of sustainable development; making the strategy clearer and more readable; and working toward including financial information in future strategies.

In alignment with the FSDS, CIC’s sustainable development (SD) vision is captured in our 2013-2016 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS). It outlines how CIC will reduce its environmental footprint, how CIC programs, policies and services are developed in accordance with the basic principles of SD and how CIC operations are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner. The DSDS provides an overview of the mechanisms in place at CIC for managing SD, including the integration of SD into our daily activities.

CIC’s DSDS is aligned with the following internal instruments:

  • The CIC Sustainable Development Policy Framework – developed to bring together the full suite of relevant policy instruments, to strengthen the clarity of requirements and associated roles and responsibilities, and to enhance effective monitoring and support so that CIC can better fulfill its commitments.
  • The Greening Government Operations Implementation Strategy – developed to outline the conditions under which the department’s operations are green and meeting the targets and goals under Theme IV of the FSDS: Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government; and
  • The CIC Policy on Sustainable Development Assessments (SDA) – integrates social, economic, environmental and equity factors into policies and programs. Includes supporting tools, that meet the requirements under the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals (SEA) and the principals of SD as stated in the Federal Sustainable Development Act.
    • Where important environmental effects (either positive or negative) have been identified in an SDA, a public statement will be used to demonstrate that environmental factors have been integrated into the decision making process.

Public Statements

At present, CIC has not identified any significant environmental impacts in the completed Sustainable Development Assessments. Therefore, no public statements are required at this time. Updates will be provided on this page following each calendar year.

In 2014, CIC had 24 proposals (Memoranda to Cabinet and Treasury Board Submissions) go forward to Cabinet and Treasury Board. Through its SEA process, CIC reviewed 22 out of 24 of these proposals, for a 92% compliance rate.

Departmental strategy

CIC’s DSDS is tabled in the Department’s Report on Plans and Priorities. Progress will be reported in the Department’s Performance Report for the period ending March 31st of each year.

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