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2018–19 Departmental Results Report

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. 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) by implementing the Policy on Green Procurement.

The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada's effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, Elections Canada supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the actions described in the table below.

2. Sustainable Development at Elections Canada

Elections Canada will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets.

3. Report on Integrating Sustainable Development

During the 201819 reporting cycle, Elections Canada had no proposals that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment and no public statements were produced.

Departmental Performance by FSDS Goal: Low-carbon Government
FSDS target FSDS contributing action Corresponding departmental action(s) Support for UN Sustainable Development Goal target Starting point(s), target(s) and performance indicator(s) for departmental actions Results Achieved
Reduce greenhouse gas 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 or environmentally preferable formats.

Procurement and Contracting Services (PCS) receives signed contracts electronically, which means that two paper copies are no longer required.

Elections Canada is also working on permitting electronic bidding.
At least half (50%) of all specialists in procurement complete the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course or equivalent. By March 31, 2019, 71% of procurement specialists had completed the course. This represents an increase of 8% from the previous year.
Percentage of resources* equipped with laptops by March 31, 2019. By March 31, 2019, 878 resources out of 1102 were equipped with laptops. This represents an average of 80%.

*"Resources" are defined as indeterminate, term and student employees, contractors, and any person that Elections Canada hired directly.