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2017–18 Departmental Results Report

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Although Elections Canada is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the agency adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS).

Commitments for Elections Canada

FSDS goal: low-carbon government
FSDS target FSDS contributing action Corresponding departmental action(s) Support for UN Sustainable Development Goal targetfootnote 1 Starting point(s), target(s) and performance indicator(s) for departmental actions Results achieved
Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve it by 2025. Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement. Reduce waste generated and minimize the environmental impacts of assets throughout their life cycle.

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Target 12.7: Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.

Elections Canada’s suppliers are required to:

  1. use paper containing fibre certified as originating from a sustainably managed forest and/or containing a minimum of 30% recycled content;
  2. use an environmentally preferable format, including black and white printing, double-sided/duplex printing and simply stapling when possible instead of binding; and
  3. use online forms where possible.

Procurement and Contracting Services (PCS) continues to encourage suppliers to adopt practices that are in line with the Policy on Green Procurement. Most comply with using recycled paper, environmentally preferable formats.

At least half (50%) of all specialists in procurement have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course or equivalent. By March 31, 2018, 63% of procurement specialists had completed the course.

Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2017–18 reporting cycle, Elections Canada had no proposals that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment and no public statements were produced.

Footnote 1 This new element shows how departments are contributing to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.