Previous SD Strategies

Before the Federal Sustainable Development Act and the resulting Federal Sustainable Development Strategy framework, Industry Canada produced departmental Sustainable Development Strategies (SDS) as legislated by the 1995 amendment to the Auditor General Act, which required each federal department to table their own SDS in Parliament every three years and to report on progress made in meeting the identified commitments. The objective was to ensure that federal departments incorporated SD thinking into departmental policies, programs, plans and operations. Under this regime, from 1997 to 2009, IC produced four strategies; the latest was SDS IV 2006-2009 with 26 commitments.

Industry Canada's first sustainable development strategy, SDS I (1997–2000), had a "learning and discovery" theme. It was aimed at institutionalizing the concept of sustainable development by establishing broadly based deliverables and management involvement. The Department's second sustainable development strategy, SDS II (2000–2003), was characterized by a "leadership and partnership" theme. It was formulated on the basis of lessons learned from SDS I, specifically in terms of building a sustainable development management system within the Department. Industry Canada's third sustainable development strategy, SDS III (2003–2006), supported a vision of Canada as a leader in the development, commercialization and adoption of innovative sustainable development tools, practices and technologies throughout the economy. Its theme was "innovation and results". Most recently, SDS IV had as its theme "selling the sustainability value proposition." This strategy sought to build on the achievements of the first three while addressing emerging sustainability challenges and opportunities.