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Public consultation and the Federal Sustainable Development Act

This draft strategy is only the first step toward establishing the Government of Canada’s environmental sustainability plan for the next 4 years. We need your suggestions, thoughts and priorities as we develop the final version.

Each new Federal Sustainable Development Strategy is released for a public consultation period of at least 120 days before it is tabled in Parliament. Public consultation is an important part of developing the strategy, helping to ensure that its targets, milestones and actions reflect the priorities of Canadians.

Under the Act, during the public consultation period the draft strategy must be provided for review and comment by:

  • the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development
  • the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources
  • the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
  • the Sustainable Development Advisory Council, which includes members from each province and territory, Indigenous peoples, environmental non-governmental organizations, business, and labour
  • the public

Comments on the draft strategy will be accepted until July 9, 2022. The Government of Canada will review all input and take it into account when developing the final version of the strategy. The final strategy will also reflect new and evolving Government of Canada priorities. After the consultation period, we will publish a report summarizing public comments alongside the final strategy.

All 99 participating federal organizations will work collaboratively to incorporate public feedback and develop the final strategy. As required by the strengthened Federal Sustainable Development Act, they will also consider public consultation comments as they shape their own departmental sustainable development strategies.

How to participate

Your comments will help strengthen the strategy and contribute to a more sustainable Canada. We encourage you to share your thoughts on the draft strategy as well as your sustainable development priorities.

  • Given the climate crisis facing Canada and the world today, does the structure of the draft 2022 to 2026 strategy—highlighting the environmental aspects of the 17 SDGs, including its more social and economic goals—resonate with you? How would you change it?
  • Do the goals, targets and actions highlighted in the draft strategy cover the key sustainable development issues that the federal government should be focusing on?
  • Which sustainable development issue(s) do you think are missing or need more emphasis?
  • Sustainable development encompasses environmental, social, and economic issues. Are these linkages captured well (for example in the chapters on SDG 1, No Poverty, SDG 4, Quality Education, and SDG 10, Reduced Inequalities)?
  • What do you think is the Government of Canada’s primary role in driving sustainable development forward?
  • Do we have the right targets and indicators to advance and measure performance?
  • What is the future of sustainable development?
  • How do you see this concept changing?

Share your views by:

  • submitting comments through the online version of the draft strategy using the comment boxes
  • providing your feedback and answering questions through the interactive consultation website
  • replying to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn posts or tweeting with the hashtag #FSDS
  • sending your written comments or videos by email to SDO-BDD@ec.gc.ca
  • writing to us at the Sustainable Development Office, 200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard 7th floor, Gatineau, Québec, K1A 0H3
  • sharing your expertise in webinars

Submit a photo

We also invite you to participate in a photo contest. Environment and Climate Change Canada invites Canadians from across the country to send us your best original snaps. We’re looking for photos that capture the environmental aspects of sustainable development (for example, a community garden, an electric vehicle, the natural environment) to feature in the final 2022 to 2026 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. Top prize is the cover page and a short write-up in the strategy. Other photos selected will be featured throughout the different chapters.

The contest opens March 15, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. Entry deadline is May 15, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. For full contest details and to submit a photo, visit placespeak.com/FSDS.

Continuing the conversation

In the 2019 to 2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, the Government of Canada committed to continue talking with Canadians about ideas and actions to advance sustainability. While adapting to the unique pandemic situation, we continued to seek feedback from Canadians over the past 3 years by email, through webinars, and through social media. This feedback has helped shape our understanding of Canadians’ sustainability priorities and has influenced this draft strategy.

The conversation with Canadians will continue after the 2022 to 2026 strategy is tabled in Parliament. Ongoing input will continue to inform the Government of Canada’s sustainable development approach and future strategies.

We also encourage you to participate in other Government of Canada consultations. While consultations on the draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy will help shape the government’s overall sustainable development approach for the next 4 years, you can also participate in consultations on specific policies and programs that contribute to the strategy’s goals. Find other Government of Canada consultations at Consulting with Canadians.