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Strengthening transparency and accountability: Amendments to the Federal Sustainable Development Act now in force

OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 7, 2020 /CNW/ - Canadians want cleaner air and healthier communities once we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. That's why the Government of Canada is taking consistent action to reduce emissions, grow the economy, and create good jobs for Canadians.

On December 1, 2020, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act came into force. The Act strengthens transparency for the Government of Canada by expanding the number of federal organizations?from 27 to more than 95?that must contribute to developing the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. These organizations must also report on their contributions through their own departmental sustainable development strategies, with measurable targets and time frames that contribute to meeting the goals of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is based on the efficient use of natural, social, and economic resources and the need to integrate environmental, economic, and social factors into all decisions. The amendments in the Federal Sustainable Development Act make decision-making on sustainable development more accountable to Parliament and include new principles of intergenerational equity, openness and transparency, collaboration, results and delivery, and involvement of Indigenous Peoples.

Public consultation will continue to shape future federal sustainable development strategies through a mandated 120-day consultation period with all Canadians. The amendments that come into force today will help Canada move toward a more comprehensive, accountable, and collaborative approach to sustainable development in Canada.


"Canadians want cleaner air, healthier communities, and a strong economy for their children and grandchildren. As we work toward net-zero emissions by 2050, the federal government must lead by example, and the improvements to the Federal Sustainable Development Act help us do just that. Together, we can create a healthier and more prosperous Canada for future generations."
? The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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