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Sustainable development at home and abroad: Supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Canada is committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs at home and abroad. Many of the government’s priorities, policies and programs are helping Canada make progress on these goals, including reducing poverty; growing and strengthening Canada’s middle class; reconciliation with Indigenous peoples; advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls; taking action on climate, clean energy and oceans; and ensuring access to justice for all Canadians.

In July 2018, Canada presented its first Voluntary National Review to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum, which took stock of our progress to date, noted our challenges, and set the stage for the continued work ahead.

To ensure continued progress and coordination of Canada’s efforts, Budget 2018 provided support for implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Through Budget 2018, we allocated $49.4 million over 13 years, starting in 2018–2019, to establish an SDG Unit to coordinate Canadian efforts to advance the SDGs both domestically and internationally and fund monitoring and reporting activities by Statistics Canada. Up to $59.8 million over 13 years, starting in 2018–2019, will also be provided to support horizontal, multi-stakeholder projects that advance the SDGs in Canada.

The Prime Minister appointed the Minister of Children, Families and Social Development to lead Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and the development of a whole-of-society 2030 Agenda national strategy, in collaboration with provinces and territories, Indigenous peoples, municipalities, civil society, the private sector, and other stakeholders.

Federal ministers, departments and agencies are all responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda and supporting the development of the National Strategy. Given the alignment of Canadian priorities with the SDGs, work that supports the 2030 Agenda is already underway. However, departments and agencies will continue to examine the extent to which policies and programs contribute to the 2030 Agenda’s goals and targets, with a view to identifying gaps and areas where action is needed.

To advance the 2030 Agenda domestically and internationally, a Sustainable Development Goals Unit within Employment and Social Development Canada is serving as a focal point to help coordinate Canada’s overall efforts.

Responsibilities include:

  • developing a 2030 Agenda National Strategy through engagement with, among others, all levels of government, Indigenous peoples, civil society, the private sector, academia and youth
  • administering the SDG funding program to support projects aimed at building awareness of the 2030 Agenda, increasing partnerships and networks, advancing research, and furthering Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Monitoring Canada’s progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Canada has launched a Sustainable Development Goals Data Hub, which will serve as a one-stop online resource with valuable statistics and metrics to measure Canada's progress in achieving the 17 goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Canada will continue to work, through Statistics Canada, with the United Nations and Canadian partners on the global SDG-indicator framework to help Canada and the world measure progress. It is also leading the development of a Canadian Indicator Framework to track progress on SDG implementation in Canada.

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Figure 1 – The global sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda

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