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Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013–16 presents the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. In keeping with the objectives of the Act to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, Statistics Canada supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

Although Statistics Canada is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a departmental sustainable development strategy, Statistics Canada adheres to the principles of the FSDS.

Theme 4: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Target 7.2: Green Procurement

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

Performance Measurement
Expected result: Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. Actual completion date: April 1, 2011
Number and percentage of procurement and materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215), or equivalent, in fiscal year 2014/2015. 17
95%
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support of and contribution toward green procurement, in fiscal year 2014/2015. 5
100%
Departmental green procurement target: By March 31, 2016, Statistics Canada will use green consolidated procurement instruments for 70% of its purchases.
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Percentage of value of green procurement over total procurement value. 93%
Departmental green procurement target: By March 31, 2016, 100% of copy paper purchases will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content and have a forest certification or EcoLogoMD or equivalent certification.
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Copy paper will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content and be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production. 100%
Departmental green procurement target: By March 31, 2016, Statistics Canada will reduce internal paper consumption per office employee by 25%.
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Internal paper consumption per office employee will decrease by 25%. Internal paper consumption per office employee decreased by 53%.
Number of sheets of internal office paper purchased or consumed per office employee in the baseline year (fiscal year 2010/2011)—3,920 sheets per employee. The percentage decrease per employee exceeded the 25% target. This reflects Statistics Canada’s ongoing efforts to increase employee awareness of environmental considerations. It also reflects the way the Agency is transitioning away from paper usage and leveraging technology, such as in the use of electronic questionnaires rather than paper forms for surveys.
Departmental green procurement implementation strategy element or best practice
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
Leverage common-use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Achieved
Best practice
Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.
Achieved
Best practice
Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.
Achieved

Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2014/2015 reporting cycle, Statistics Canada considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. As Statistics Canada did not develop any initiatives that required a strategic environmental assessment, no related public statements were produced.