Departmental Performance Report—for the period ending March 31, 2016

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (continued)

Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Goal 6: GHG Emissions and Energy

Target 6.1: GHG Emissions Reduction

The Government of Canada will reduce GHG emissions from its buildings and fleets by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.

Departmental Target

17% below 2005 by 2020

Scope and Context
Link to the department's programs

Internal Services

Financial Performance Expectations

N/A

Performance Measurement

Expected result

Reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of federal operations.

 Target 6.1: GHG Emissions Reduction — Performance Measurement — Expected result
Performance indicator Performance target Performance level achieved
Updated GHG reduction implementation plan in place by March 31, 2015 Planned completion date: March 31, 2015 Achieved
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2005–06 1.911 kt Not applicable
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in current fiscal year 1.716 kt 1.101 kt
Renewable power emission credits applied in current fiscal year (kt CO2 equivalent) Not applicable Not applicable
Percentage change in GHG emissions from fiscal year 2005–06 to the current fiscal year, inclusive of renewable power emission credits, if applicable 10.20% decrease 42.39% decrease
Adjustments made to base year GHG emissions (indicate if not applicable) Not applicable Not applicable

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Goal 7: Waste and Asset Management

Target 7.1: Real Property Environmental Performance

Beginning April 1, 2014, and pursuant to departmental Real Property Sustainability Frameworks, an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance will be achieved in Government of Canada real property projects and operations.

Scope and Context

N/A

Link to the department's programs

Internal Services

Financial Performance Expectations

N/A

Performance Measurement

Expected result

An industry-recognized level of high environmental performance will be achieved in Government of Canada real property projects and operations.

 Target 7.1: Real Property Environmental Performance — Performance Measurement — Expected result — Table 1
Performance indicator Performance target Performance level achieved
Real Property Sustainability Framework in place to improve the management of energy, waste and water in departmental real property assets by March 31, 2015. Planned completion date March 31, 2016. CMS to lead the development and drafting of an ISED Real Property Sustainability Framework, which will cover ISED assets at CRC and others. Achieved
Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings (over 1000 m2) and new lease or lease renewal projects (over 1000 2) where the Crown is the major lessee, assessed for environmental performance using an industry-recognized assessment tool, and associated floor space (m2) 8 Crown-owned buildings
24,170 m2
Attention is required
Planned assessment tool to be used:
BOMA BESt

Attention is required

As funding and resources become available the Department will continue to work towards achieving the 14 Best Practices which must be met before completing the BOMA BESt assessments

Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings, new construction, build-to-lease projects, major renovations projects, achieving an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance, and associated floor space (m2) 8 Crown-owned buildings
24,170 2
Status as indicated under "Opportunity for Improvement" below
7 Major renovation projects
21,141 m2
Status as indicated under "Opportunity for Improvement" below

Planned environmental performance level to be achieved:

LEED© NC Silver or similar industry recognized performance level which will reflect the environmental efficacy and savings achieved following retrofits and renovations at CRC.

Opportunity for improvement

During building refits efforts were made to select green building materials, however the use of an industry-recognized tool to evaluate environmental performance was not completed. Efforts will be made in the future to evaluate and achieve environmental performance using an industry-recognized tool.

Number of fit-up and refit projects achieving an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance

3 Fit-up and refit projects

  • Total area: 2839 m2
  • CRC Campus: 1229 m2
  • C.D. Howe 10 Center: 450 m2
  • C.D. Howe 7 West: 1160 m2
  • 4 fit-up and refit projects
  • Total area: 11,495 m2
  • Status as indicated under "Opportunity for Improvement" below

Planned environmental performance level to be achieved:

  • CRC campus: LEED© CI Silver or similar industry recognized performance level which will reflect the environmental efficacy and savings achieved following retrofits and renovations
  • CD Howe: WP 2.0

Opportunity for improvement

During building refits efforts were made to select green building materials, however the use of an industry-recognized tool to evaluate environmental performance was not completed. Efforts will be made in the future to evaluate and achieve environmental performance using an industry-recognized tool.

 Target 7.1: Real Property Environmental Performance — Performance Measurement — Expected result — Table 2
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
7.1.1.1. Achieve a level of performance that meets or exceeds the custodian's current commitment(s) to sustainable buildings using industry-recognized assessment and verification tool(s). Attention is required
7.1.1.2. Conduct life-cycle assessments for major construction and renovation projects using an industry recognized tool.

Attention is required

The Environmental Impact Estimator and EcoCalculater available through Athena Sustainable Materials Institute will be used in the future.

7.1.1.3. Develop plans to address environmental performance assessment recommendations for existing Crown-owned buildings.

Opportunity for improvement

A number of tools are in place (ION energy management software, BAS, energy and water meters) to gather information, assess and ultimately implement measures to enhance the environmental performance of real property assets

7.1.1.4. Manage the collection, diversion and disposal of workplace waste in Crown-owned buildings in an environmentally responsible manner. Achieved
7.1.1.5. Manage construction, renovation and demolition waste in Crown-owned buildings in an environmentally responsible manner.

Opportunity for improvement

Project specifications currently include the requirement for responsible management of generated waste in accordance with PSPC Handbook for Environmentally Responsible Construction and Renovation.

7.1.1.6. Develop an approach to improve performance of Crown-owned buildings via automation and commissioning.

Opportunity for improvement

The majority of CRC buildings are on the Building Automation System (BAS), which is equipped with centralized, intelligent energy management and highly efficient and innovative energy saving processes. Efforts will be made in the future to equip all CRC buildings with the BAS and upgrade BAS systems where required.

7.1.1.7. Develop an approach to building operator training in Crown-owned buildings.

Opportunity for improvement

CRC building operators will continue to improve knowledge and use of the capabilities of the ION energy management software through training and experience. In the spring of 2016 a session was provided on the efficient operation of new chillers following their installation. A standard training package for sustainable building operation for facility management staff is being considered.

7.1.1.8. Integrate the use of sustainable real property performance management indicators into the investment decision-making process for Crown-owned assets in the building portfolio (e.g., density, energy intensity, facility condition etc.).

Attention is required

Asset Management Plans will be created for each building as part of the investment plan going forward over the next 5 years. Results and recommendations will include energy saving recommendations. When building audits (water, energy, waste) are completed results/recommendations will ultimately be used in the investment planning and decision making process.

7.1.1.9. Benchmark and report annually on the energy usage intensity of Crown-owned office buildings using an industry recognized tool.

Opportunity for improvement

35 energy meters are connected to the ION data management system and CRC will continue to use the system for energy reporting. Building operators will continue training on the ION system to allow for more effective use of the system.

Best Practice

7.1.2. Real property managers and functional heads responsible for new construction, leases or existing building operations will have clauses related to environmental considerations incorporated into their performance evaluations.

N/A

Clauses related to environmental considerations cannot be incorporated into the manager performance evaluations considering that greening government procurement priorities are too restrictive and are still superseded by the lowest competitive bid submission.

Target 7.2: Green Procurement

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

Scope and Context

N/A

Link to the department's programs

Internal Services

Financial Performance Expectations

N/A

Performance Measurement

Expected result

Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.

 Target 7.2: Green Procurement — Performance Measurement — Expected result
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. Achieved
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2015–16.

29 employees
97%

Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in fiscal year 2015–16.

5 employees
100%

Departmental green procurement target

By March 31, 2017, 90% of the total value of targeted audio visual equipment purchases will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the equipment.

 Target 7.2: Green Procurement — Departmental green procurement target — Table 1
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value of departmental purchases of audio visual equipment that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value of all audio visual equipment purchased in the year in question. Exceeded. 100% of audio visual purchases since 2013 have included the criteria to reduce environmental impact.

Departmental green procurement target

By March 31, 2017, 100% of the vehicles purchased will be subject to a right size and fuel efficiency analysis to ensure that, where possible, the department purchases the most fuel efficient vehicle in their class.

 Target 7.2: Green Procurement — Departmental green procurement target — Table 2
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Number of vehicle purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total number of vehicle purchases during the fiscal year in question. Achieved.

Departmental green procurement target

By March 31, 2017, 100% of ISED's computer and monitor purchases will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the procurement of the equipment, such as reducing packaging and transportation.

 Target 7.2: Green Procurement — Departmental green procurement target — Table 3
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value of departmental purchases of computers and monitors that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value of the computers and monitors purchased in the year in question. Achieved. The CIO bulk buys all desktop equipment reducing on packaging and transportation.
 Target 7.2: Green Procurement — Departmental green procurement target — Table 4
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
7.2.1.5. Leverage common-use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Achieved

Best Practice
7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.

Achieved

Best Practice
7.2.4. Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.

Achieved
Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations

Beginning April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Scope and Context

N/A

Link to the department's programs

N/A

Financial Performance Expectations

N/A

Performance Measurement

Expected result

Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.

 Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations — Performance Measurement — Expected result
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
7.3.1.1. Engage employees in greening government operations practices. Achieved
7.3.1.2. Integrate environmental considerations into corporate policies, processes and practices in accordance with departmental refresh cycles. Achieved
7.3.1.3. Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (i.e., printer ratios, paper usage, and green meetings).

Achieved: The ratio of 8 users per printing device has been achieved where the footprint allows. The overall national ratio is 8.7 users per printing device compared to 8.1 in 2014–15.

The default configuration for managed print devices is: black & white, double-sided printing

7.3.1.4. Minimize the ratio of information technology (IT) assets per employee.

Achieved: Since the completion of the ISED Desktop Software Renewal Project in Q4 2014–15, ISED has maintained a ratio of 1.2 devices per user, with unused or outdated devices being transitioned to Computers for Schools.

Note: ratio is based on the number of active devices in the last 30 days (6702) divided by the number of active users in last 30 days (5725) = 1.17. Data is from Active Directory.

7.3.1.5. Select and operate IT and office equipment in a manner that reduces energy consumption and material usage.

Achieved: Managed printers meet the following standards: Energy Star compliant, GEN Approved Third Party Environmental Performance and ISO14001 Manufacturing Compliance. And printing is set by default to black and white duplex printing.

In support of both energy conservation and security, ISED requires users to shut down computers at night. With the rollout of the ISED Windows 7 Standard Desktop, computer power options have been configured to conserve energy (ie: with hard drives and monitors dimming or transitioning to sleep settings after fixed periods of inactivity).

ISED desktops/laptops solely purchased through the Government of Canada National Master Standing Offer (NMSO), where environmental/'green' factors are considered in selection and rating of devices.

7.3.1.6. Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Achieved
7.3.1.7. Reuse or recycle workplace materiel and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Achieved
7.3.1.8. Minimize all non-hazardous solid waste generated, and leverage service offerings to maximize the diversion of waste. Opportunity for improvement
7.3.1.9. Increase the population density in office buildings, and increase space utilization in special purpose buildings. Opportunity for improvement
7.3.1.10. Maintain or improve sustainable fleet management. Achieved

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Goal 8: Water Management

Target 8.1: Water Management

Beginning April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will take further action to improve water management within its real property portfolio.

Scope and Context

N/A

Link to the department's programs

N/A

Financial Performance Expectations

N/A

Performance Measurement

Expected result

Water is managed sustainably in Government of Canada real property operations.

 Target 8.1: Water Management — Performance Measurement — Expected result — Table 1
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Approach to improving water management included in Real Property Sustainability Framework in place by March 31, 2015. Opportunity for improvement
Amount and percentage of floor space in buildings over 1000 m2 that includes water metering, in fiscal year 2015–16 (where feasible). Opportunity for improvement
(target was 24,170 m2 / 100% Crown, existing)
 Target 8.1: Water Management — Performance Measurement — Expected result — Table 2
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
8.1.1.1. Conserve potable water. Opportunity for improvement
8.1.1.2. Manage storm water run-off. A number of water saving initiatives have been implemented with recent CRC building refits. In addition to current water savings there is an opportunity to identify further water conservation efforts with future waste audits.
8.1.1.3. Improve the metering of water utility usage for existing Crown-owned buildings. Achieved
Best Practice
8.1.3 Analyze the water consumption data collected to determine steps to improve water management in Crown-owned assets.
Opportunity for improvement
Once water meter are connected to the ION data collection system this will allow for the completion of water audits.

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Additional Departmental Sustainable Development Activities and Initiatives

Program: Marketplace Frameworks and Regulation

Sub-Program: Intellectual Property

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office's (CIPO) Expedited Examination of Patent Applications Related to Green Technology came into force on March 3, 2011, allowing patents that are designed to mitigate environmental damage the opportunity to be reviewed more quickly, thus allowing the inventors to be in a position to leverage their intellectual property rights and bring their inventions to market faster. No additional fee is required for advancing the examination of patent applications related to green technologies.

The implementation of the new program advances the goals of the FSDS, specifically the goals of addressing climate change and maintaining water quality. The majority of patents relate to new inventions regarding alternate fuel sources and more efficient industrial processes. The implementation of these patents can reduce the GHG emissions of businesses, end the reliance on certain toxic heavy metals for manufacturing, and generate clean forms of energy.

These amendments to the Patent Rules are in line with the government's priorities to support innovation, the growth of SMEs, a clean energy economy, and government action on climate change and capacity building. Accelerating the approval of patent applications relating to environmental (green) technologies will foster investment and expedite commercialization of environmental technologies.

In 2015–16, CIPO continued to expedite the prosecution of patent applications related to environmental (green) technologies at no extra cost provided the commercialization of the technology would help to resolve or mitigate environmental impacts or conserve the natural environment and resources.

Performance Results

From March 3, 2011 to March 31, 2016, 295 patent applications received designation under this legislation and 214 patents were granted. In 2015–16, 61 patent applications received the designation and 58 patents were granted.

Program: Industrial Research and Development Financing

Sub-Program: Automotive Innovation

Continue to implement the Automotive Supplier Innovation Program (ASIP) to support automotive parts suppliers, especially SMEs, in the development and potential commercialization of the next generation of automotive technologies, products and processes, which may have environmental benefits such as producing new energy efficiencies and lightweighting materials potentially resulting in a reduction of GHG emissions.

ASIP aims to help R&D projects become commercially viable by mitigating risks involved in bringing R&D projects to market, strengthening suppliers' innovation capacity, and providing opportunities for suppliers to grow and access global supply chains.

Eligible projects include automotive R&D activities such as technology development and demonstration activities, carried out by eligible recipients in Canada at technology readiness levels (TRL) 4 through 7 (stages between basic research and product development and commercialization). Eligible activities supported under the ASIP are those typically associated with major automotive innovation and R&D initiatives that develop and build greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles, including advanced product testing and validation that lead to commercialization.

Each eligible project considered for funding under ASIP is subject to a diligence undertaken by ISED with support from experts within other government organizations, and external experts. All proposals are assessed in the context of their relevance to the objectives of the ASIP on innovation and market relevance and must provide economic and environmental benefits to Canada.

The ASIP may contribute indirectly to advancing the following goal and target of the FSDS over the longer term: Goal 1: Addressing Climate Change; Target 1.1: Climate Change Mitigation: Relative to 2005 emission levels, reduce Canada's total GHG emissions 17% by 2020.

ISED's planned outcome is investments in Canada by automotive companies towards strategic, large-scale R&D projects to build innovative, greener and more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Number of projects focusing on technology demonstration and prototyping activities:

Dollars of investment leveraged per dollar of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada disbursements in ASIP projects:

Sub-Program: Aerospace and Defence Innovation

ISED's Technology Demonstration Program (TDP), launched in September 2013, is expected to:

Although the expected results of the TDP do not explicitly include sustainable development or environmental goals, the program has an objective to contribute to the achievement of broader technological, economic, environmental and social benefits to Canada. The first two rounds of project proposals under the TDP were completed in 2015–16 with project announcements anticipated in 2016–17. These projects will be evaluated on their ability to generate social, environmental, health, security and other benefits to Canada.

Performance Results

Although the environment and sustainable development are not explicit objectives of the TDP, a long term outcome of the program is to contribute to the achievement of broader technological, economic, environmental and social benefits for Canadians.

As TDP supports R&D toward the development of new technologies and innovations, it is possible that these technologies will have positive environmental benefits such as decreasing GHG emissions, reducing toxic dispersion and reducing material requirements.

Program: Small business research, financing and service

Sub-Program: Service to Business

ISED's Canada Business Network delivers reliable and up-to-date access to information on government programs, services and tools to Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs. ISED is responsible for the Canada Business Network web site. Information on sustainable development programs and practices for businesses has been part of Canada Business Network's content strategy since 2009. Canada Business Network provides information on corporate social responsibility, which advances sustainable development. The main content sections for the web site include:

The Canada Business Network business planning section also encourages businesses to consider sustainable development in their long term planning.

In 2015–16, Canada Business Network continued to support ISED's sustainable development programs and services by ensuring that this content is maintained on an ongoing basis via the canadabusiness.ca website. Canada Business Network will continue to publish blog articles for business on sustainable development programs and practices, including corporate social responsibility.

Performance Results

In 2015–16, Canada Business Network supported ISED's sustainable development programs and services by ensuring that this content was maintained on an ongoing basis via the canadabusiness.ca website. Canada Business Network published two blog articles which were promoted on Twitter and Facebook social media channels, for business on sustainable development programs and practices, including corporate social responsibility. Also, the topic of corporate social responsibility was promoted on the Twitter channel at different intervals during the fiscal year.

Program: Community Economic Development

ISED supports environmental sustainability through the integration of sustainability considerations into economic research and policy analysis projects under the Economic Development Initiative (EDI) for Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) in Canada, consistent with the alignment with government priorities (including the advancement of sustainable development), in order to improve the socio-economic and sustainable development outcomes of OLMCs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Webinars will be held for OLMCs and SMEs on the benefits of integrating sustainability and corporate social responsibility considerations into business operations. Also, research and analysis will be conducted of the potential for SD-oriented activities and benefits for OLMCs. The outcomes of the research and policy analysis will be used to support efforts to develop policies, programming and initiatives that help maximize the economic and sustainable development impacts of OLMCs. The outcomes of the research will help SMEs, including co-operatives, grow and become more competitive, spurring trade, tourism and investment in new and existing markets, creation of new, diversified products and services (including sustainability-oriented products), commercialization of research and development in the form of products and services, job creation and an increase in the number of innovative, diversified SMEs.

Performance Results

Supported the development of an outreach tool on biomass heating to support sustainable development in communities

Program: Community Economic Development

The Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) is a regional economic development organization within ISED. Through FedNor's Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP), ISED invests in projects that support community economic development, business growth and competitiveness, and innovation. Under these three priorities, there is a focus on projects in sectors of strategic importance for Northern Ontario, including clean energy generation. Since 2011, 29 projects have been approved under NODP that involved sustainable development activities. This accounts for total authorized assistance of over $5.8 million and total project costs of over $12.8 million. FedNor works with proponents to support clean energy generation projects and to pursue green business and economic development opportunities that increase the viability and competitiveness of Northern Ontario communities and small- and medium-sized enterprises. FedNor continues to accept eligible project proposals that may impact sustainable development. Support for renewable energy projects helps reduce GHG emissions thus addressing climate change and encouraging sustainable development within Northern Ontario communities.

Performance Results

During 2015–16, two projects were approved under NODP that involved sustainable development activities, and specifically support for green energy solutions and reduction of carbon impact. This accounted for total authorized assistance of $2.75 million and total project costs of $3.77 million.

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Sustainable Development Management System

The Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Sector leads the planning and implementation of the Department's contribution to the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and to ISED's Sustainable Development Strategy.

The Performance Management Agreements of the Director General of the Strategic Policy Branch and the Director of Policy Coordination and Regulatory Affairs at ISED also include responsibility for policy co-ordination and management of sustainable development issues, including oversight of the manager-level Departmental Sustainable Development Co-ordinator position in the Policy Co-ordination and Regulatory Affairs Directorate.

The Departmental Sustainable Development Co-ordinator assists in advancing sustainable development policies and practices at ISED by supporting the strategic integration of environmental considerations into policy development and decision-making. Key activities include: working with departmental and portfolio officials to identify potential implementation strategies and develop them for inclusion in the departmental and federal sustainable development strategies; developing ISED's annual Sustainable Development Strategy and annual progress report; providing ISED's input into the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and progress report; and participating in various interdepartmental committees and working groups for the development and implementation of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. The Departmental Sustainable Development Co-ordinator also serves as Departmental Strategic Environmental Assessment Advisor, which helps to further ensure integration of sustainability considerations into departmental programs, policies, and decision-making.

The Departmental Strategic Environmental Assessment Advisor guides, coordinates and monitors strategic environmental assessment (SEA) activities across ISED including: providing advice and guidance to Directors/Proposal Leads regarding the application of the Department's SEA Policy; with the support of Human Resources Branch and Communications and Marketing Branch, providing training and raising awareness about the 2010 Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals and supporting Guidelines and the use of SEA as a tool for determining environmental effects; reviewing SEA documents early and as often as required to ensure consistency with the 2010 Cabinet Directive and ISED's SEA policy; tracking and monitoring departmental compliance with the SEA Policy; reporting annually to the Deputy Minister on the implementation of ISED's SEA policy; supporting integrated reporting on SEA performance at ISED through the Report on Plans and Priorities, the Departmental Performance Report and ISED's Sustainable Development Strategy reporting process; providing reports to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development on departmental compliance with the 2010 Cabinet Directive, as required; leading ongoing improvements to SEA processes and guidance materials to reflect both federal and departmental lessons learned; participating in the interdepartmental SEA Advisory Committee led by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency; and managing the content of the SEA wiki and the SEA website, particularly the SEA public statements page.

In order to champion sustainable development, the Strategic Policy Branch works closely with other parts of ISED to integrate sustainable development considerations into policy and program development and implementation. This includes leading meetings of intradepartmental working groups on sustainable development policy and operational issues, and advising the Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy Sector, as needed.

ISED has strengthened the Department's Sustainable Development Management System by integrating the Corporate Management Sector, which is the departmental lead for Greening Government Operations. This ensures better alignment with the 2013–2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

As required in the 2013–2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, ISED reports progress annually on the implementation of its commitments under the Federal and Departmental Sustainable Development Strategies through the Departmental Performance Report. Commencing in 2014, ISED will also report on the conclusions of audits and evaluations conducted on ISED programs included in the Sustainable Development Strategy in the annual departmental Progress Report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy.

Officials at ISED are members of a number of interdepartmental working groups related to sustainable development, including on the Assistant Deputy Minister and Director General Federal Sustainable Development Strategy committees chaired by Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the Community of Practice on Strategic Environmental Assessment chaired by the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

In 2015–16, ISED and the portfolio conducted Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) for 30 Memoranda to Cabinet and Treasury Board submissions. All were preliminary scans, although two of the SEAs resulted in public statements on ISED's SEA public statements web page. They were: the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Infrastructure Program, and the Standards Council of Canada's Standards to Support Climate Resilience in Infrastructure Codes and Standards. Each of these initiatives will likely have positive direct and indirect environmental effects and are expected to advance the following goals and targets of the 2013–2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy:

Goal 1: Addressing Climate Change; Target 1.1: Climate Change Mitigation: Relative to 2005 emission levels, reduce Canada's total GHG emissions 17% by 2020; and Target 1.2: Climate Change Adaptation.

Goal 2: Minimize the threats to air quality so that the air Canadians breathe is clean and supports healthy ecosystems; and Target 2.1: Outdoor Air Pollutants: Improve outdoor air quality by ensuring compliance with new or amended regulated emission limits by 2020 and thus reducing emissions of air pollutants.

Goal 3: Protect and enhance water so that it is clean, safe and secure for all Canadians and supports healthy ecosystems; and Target 3.11: Wastewater and Industrial Effluent: Reduce risks associated with effluent from wastewater (sewage) and industrial sectors by 2020.

Goal 4: Conserving and Restoring Ecosystems, Wildlife and Habitat, and Protecting Canadians: Resilient ecosystems with healthy wildlife populations so Canadians can enjoy benefits from natural spaces, resources and ecological services for generations to come; and Target 4.7: Environmental Disasters, Incidents and Emergencies.

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