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A sustainable development vision for Canada: Our commitments and plans

Our commitments and plans

Vision

Canada is one of the greenest countries in the world and our quality of life continues to improve.

Goals

Our strategy centres on 13 aspirational goals that reflect the environmentally-focused SDGs, acknowledging our unique responsibilities and circumstances:

  • Effective action on climate change
  • Greening government
  • Clean growth
  • Modern and resilient infrastructure
  • Clean energy
  • Healthy coasts and oceans
  • Pristine lakes and rivers
  • Sustainably managed lands and forests
  • Healthy wildlife populations
  • Clean drinking water
  • Sustainable food
  • Connecting Canadians with nature
  • Safe and healthy communities

Targets and milestones

Medium-term targets that are measurable and time-bound support each goal.

Short-term milestones represent interim steps that will help ensure we stay on track to achieve our medium-term targets and long-term goals.

Action plans

Action plans set out what we will do to achieve our targets, including priority measures as well as other actions that support the targets.

Canada’s starting point

What our indicators currently show, and how we’ll measure our progress going forward.

Canada in the world

How our goals targets and actions support the SDGs and contribute to other international agreements and initiatives.

Connections with other FSDS areas

How each FSDS goal supports the achievement of others.

Our Partners

Actions others are taking that support our goals and targets.

Take action

Steps that Canadians can take to help achieve our goals and targets.

Table 1 – FSDS goals, targets, and responsible ministers

Goal title

Target title

Responsible minister

Effective action on climate change

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions

Minister of Environment and Climate Change, supported by a whole-of-government approach to implementation

Zero-emission vehicles

Minister of Transport

Greening government

Real property and fleet (greenhouse gas emissions reductions)

All ministers

Real property and fleet (non-hazardous operational waste)

All ministers

Real property and fleet (plastic waste)

All ministers

Real property and fleet (construction and demolition waste)

All ministers

Real property and fleet (domestic office lease transactions)

All ministers

Real property and fleet (zero-emission vehicles)

All ministers

Adaptation to climate change

All ministers

Procurement

All ministers

Clean growth

Federal investment in clean energy research, development and demonstration

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; Minister of Natural Resources

Clean technology exports

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Modern and resilient infrastructure

Investment in green infrastructure

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Clean energy

Clean power generation

Minister of Natural Resources

Energy efficiency

Minister of Natural Resources

Healthy coasts and oceans

Marine conservation

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Sustainable fisheries

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Pristine lakes and rivers

Lake Erie

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Lake Winnipeg Basin

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Sustainably managed lands and forests

Terrestrial ecosystem conservation

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Health of national parks

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Sustainable forests

Minister of Natural Resources

Healthy wildlife populations

Species at risk

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Migratory birds

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Clean drinking water

Long-term drinking water advisories

Minister of Indigenous Services

Sustainable food

Sustainable agriculture

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Sustainable aquaculture

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Agri-food exports

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Connecting Canadians with nature

Visits to parks and participation in biodiversity conservation

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Safe and healthy communities

Air quality

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Air pollutant emissions

Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Chemicals Management Plan

Minister of Environment and Climate Change; Minister of Health

*Given our whole-of-government approach to climate change, as well as the broad scope of the Pan-Canadian Framework, a number of goals in this strategy will affect Canada’s progress toward its climate change targets.