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Finance Canada is a participant in the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS). The FSDS was tabled by the Government of Canada in October 2010, in accordance with the Federal Sustainable Development Act. The FSDS represents a major step forward for the Government of Canada by including environmental sustainability and strategic environmental assessment as an integral part of its decision-making processes.

The following logos are used throughout to indicate Finance Canada activities which directly contribute to the themes of the FSDS.

Tag Legend
Theme I: Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality

Theme I: Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality





Theme II: Maintaining Water Quality and Availability

Theme II: Maintaining Water Quality and Availability





Theme III: Protecting Nature

Theme III: Protecting Nature





Theme IV: Shrinking the Environmental Footprint Beginning with Government

Theme IV: Shrinking the Environmental Footprint -
Beginning with Government



1. The Department of Finance Canada's Vision for Sustainable Development

Economic and fiscal policy frameworks and decisions that promote equity and enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of current and future generations.

The Department's vision for sustainable development represents the ideal which the Department strives to achieve through all of its activities and delivery of its mandate.

2. Departmental Decision-making and Sustainable Development

A. Managing Sustainable Development

The Department of Finance is the Government of Canada's primary source of analysis and advice on the broad economic and financial affairs of Canada.  In addition to preparing the budget, the Department plays an important role in the development and implementation of government policy.  As a "central agency" the Department provides analysis and advice on the economic merit and fiscal implications of policy and program proposals developed by other government departments. In its central agency capacity, Finance Canada officials serve as members of a broader team of federal officials that review options for, and the implications of, proposals that are presented to the federal Cabinet.  Policy development also takes place within the Department on those issues and areas of responsibility that fall within the Department's own mandate, including tax and tariff legislation, major federal transfers to the provinces and territories, regulatory policy for the financial sector and representing Canada within international financial institutions.

As a policy-oriented department, Finance Canada differs from other government departments in its generally limited direct involvement in delivering programs and services to Canadians.  Nevertheless, the Department has a clear role to play in contributing to the Government's sustainable development efforts.  Sustainable development requires the long-term sustainability of the economy, social programs, the environment and natural resources. This is consistent with the basic principle of sustainability as set out in the Federal Sustainable Development Act.  While Finance Canada's mandate is most evidently linked to the economic and social pillars of sustainable development, the Department continuously strives to recognize the implications of its analysis and advice on all aspects of sustainable development, and to take into account the linkages between economic, social and environmental sustainability. In some cases, this will ensure that economic, social and environmental goals are advanced together. In others, it will entail trade-offs, but with informed decision-making and choices that reflect careful deliberation.

Economic growth is an important aim of sustainable development in that it contributes to a high quality of life for Canadians, provides the fiscal capacity for governments to address environmental and social issues, and ensures that the Canadian economy remains strong in the face of long-term challenges (such as rising energy prices, an aging population and globalization). For example, population aging will bring with it future economic and fiscal challenges and put downward pressure on growth in living standards. By taking action now to ensure long-run fiscal sustainability, and by identifying effective policies that encourage investment in the drivers of economic growth, such as human capital, physical capital and innovation, the Government can help to ensure a high standard of living for future generations. The Department addresses this challenge through responsible fiscal management, economic policy advice, sound framework policies (such as those related to taxation and financial markets), and ongoing analysis of Canada's current and long-run economic and fiscal position.

Finance Canada believes that safe, healthy and caring communities that provide all citizens with equal access to opportunities are vital to the creation of a strong, competitive, vibrant and sustainable economy and society. Sustainability in social policy is achieved in the Department by: working with partners in other departments to identify policies that support investments in people and their communities; working in cooperation and collaboration with other orders of government, which often have the primary responsibility for these policy areas, to ensure policy consistency and, where appropriate, stable and predictable funding; and developing specific policies which support this goal (such as tax policies and financial sector regulations).

Management and Accountability

The Assistant Deputy Minister of the Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch, the Department's sustainable development champion, is responsible for coordinating activities and reporting with respect to the Department's contributions to the FSDS and sustainable development more broadly.

The Resources, Energy and Environment Section of the Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch, under the general direction of the Department's sustainable development champion, coordinates departmental sustainable development management, policy and activities. The main coordination vehicle is the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), which consists of officials from all branches and is chaired by the Chief of the Resources, Energy and Environment Section. The SDWG is responsible for coordinating the implementation of commitments related to sustainable development within the various branches of the Department, and contributes to reporting on plans and progress with respect to these commitments.

FSDS Reporting

Environment Canada's Sustainable Development Office will be responsible for preparing government-wide FSDS Progress Reports at least once every three years. The first report is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2011. The report offers an opportunity for departments to re-evaluate FSDS goals and targets and to benefit from lessons learned.

The Department evaluates its own contribution towards sustainable development, including activities and initiatives not captured in the FSDS, as part of the annual RPP and DPR processes. All departments, including Finance Canada, table a DPR before Parliament after each fiscal year reporting on the status of activities outlined in the previous RPP. The Department seeks other opportunities to report on progress in meeting its sustainable development objectives to the Department's sustainable development champion and the Departmental Coordinating Committee, a senior committee comprising general directors from each branch and other senior officials, as required.

B. Strategic Environmental Assessment Planned Highlights and Commitments

The Department of Finance has made considerable progress in implementing the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals. Officials are better equipped today to use Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as a tool to ensure environmental considerations are given due treatment in policy proposals as a result of annual information sessions, regular briefing sessions and the development of guidance material for managers and staff.

The Department will continue to implement the Cabinet Directive, and to do so in a fashion consistent with the revised guidelines released by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in October 2010. To better integrate the FSDS and SEA, internal SEA processes will be updated to encourage consideration of the impact of departmental proposals on the FSDS goals and targets.  This will be achieved first and foremost by updating the Department's SEA questionnaire, which is the primary tool used by analysts to conduct SEAs. The Department will continue to make available public statements of environmental effects relating to new departmental measures and policies on the Department of Finance's SEA website, and work to ensure that these statements reflect the impact of the measures and policies on FSDS goals and targets. The Department tracks the number of preliminary scans and full SEAs completed and commits to report this information each year in its DPR. The Department will focus on continuing to ensure the effective implementation of the SEA Cabinet directive including an improved SEA tracking system.

3. Departmental Activities/Initiatives (FSDS Themes I-III)

A. Linkage of the Department's implementation strategies to the Program Activities

The Department of Finance provides effective economic leadership through its clear focus on one strategic outcome: a strong and sustainable economy, resulting in increasing standards of living and improved quality of life for Canadians. All program activities relate to this strategic outcome. Currently, the Department's implementation strategies related to goals and targets under Themes I and III of the FSDS are all elements of the sub-program activity Taxation (part of the Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework program activity).

B. Department's implementation strategies

1. Accelerated capital cost allowance (CCA) for clean energy generation equipment

Theme I: Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality
Encourage businesses, through the accelerated capital cost allowance for clean energy generation equipment, to invest in specified equipment that can contribute to a reduction in harmful emissions and diversification of the energy supply. (Implementation Strategies 1.1.25 and 2.1.18)

The Government provides an accelerated capital cost allowance (CCA) for income tax purposes under CCA Class 43.2 (50 per cent per year on a declining balance basis) for businesses that invest in specified clean energy generation and conservation equipment. Class 43.2 includes specified equipment that generates or conserves energy by using a renewable energy source (e.g., wind, solar, small hydro), using fuels from waste (e.g., landfill gas, wood waste, manure) or making efficient use of fossil fuels (e.g., high efficiency cogeneration systems).

The provision of an accelerated CCA is an explicit exception to the general practice of setting CCA rates based on the useful life of assets. Accelerated CCA provides a financial benefit by deferring taxation. This incentive for investment is premised on the environmental benefits of low-emission or no-emission energy generation equipment and its ability to displace consumption of fossil fuels.

i. Relationship between the implementation strategies and the FSDS targets

To the extent that Class 43.2 encourages incremental investment in clean energy and energy conservation equipment, it could have an indirect positive impact on the environment. It could contribute to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, which is relevant to Target 1.1 of the FSDS, to reduce greenhouse gas emission levels by 17 per cent by 2020. It could also contribute to a reduction in air pollutants pursuant to Target 2.1 of the FSDS.

ii. Outline of the non-financial performance expectations

It is expected that providing a modest financial incentive for investment in clean generation and energy conservation equipment will encourage businesses to consider alternative energy sources and energy efficiency equipment instead of traditional, more polluting energy technology. While delivery of this incentive through the CCA system involves administrative efficiencies, the tax system does not provide detailed data on which to evaluate impacts, such as the identity of the particular type of assets in which a business has invested.

2. Public Transit Tax Credit

Theme I: Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality
Provide tax relief to Canadians who use public transit regularly and encourage individuals to make a sustained commitment to using public transit regularly to help reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, through the Public Transit Tax Credit. (Implementation Strategies 1.1.35.3 and 2.1.22.3)

The Public Transit Tax Credit (PTTC) allows individuals to claim a non-refundable tax credit for the cost of monthly public transit passes or those passes of a longer duration, effective July 1, 2006. The Credit was extended in Budget 2007 to electronic fare cards and weekly passes when used on an ongoing basis.

i. Relationship between the implementation strategies and the FSDS targets

As stated in Budget 2006, the objective of the PTTC is to encourage individuals to make a sustained commitment to use public transit regularly to help reduce traffic congestion in urban areas and improve the environment. This measure could contribute to air emissions reductions relevant to Target 1.1: Climate Change Mitigation and to Target 2.1: Air Pollutants of the FSDS.

ii. Outline of the non-financial performance expectations

With the implementation of the PTTC, the Government intends that the PTTC will encourage individuals to make a sustained commitment to public transit use by providing a tax credit for the purchase cost of monthly public transit passes and passes of a longer duration, as well as electronic fare cards and weekly passes when used on an ongoing basis.

3. Green Levy

Theme I: Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality

Impose a Green Levy on the most fuel-inefficient passenger vehicles available in Canada. (Implementation Strategies 1.1.42 and 2.1.29)

The Green Levy applies to passenger vehicles with a fuel consumption rating of 13 litres or more per 100 kilometres (55 per cent city and 45 per cent highway) and is imposed at rates ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. The Green Levy is payable by the manufacturer or importer of new vehicles delivered after March 19, 2007 and by the importer of used vehicles, if the used vehicle was originally put into service (in any jurisdiction) after March 19, 2007. The Canada Revenue Agency and the Canada Border Services Agency are responsible for the administration of the Green Levy, working with manufacturers and importers of vehicles to facilitate its application.

i. Relationship between the implementation strategies and the FSDS targets

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the amount of emissions that come from vehicle fuel consumption. Industry has a role in improving the efficiency of transportation and in promoting the development and adoption of cleaner transportation technologies. Canadians have the choice to contribute to a cleaner environment when selecting what type of vehicle best meets their needs.

The Green Levy is aimed at encouraging clean, sustainable transportation choices for Canadians by discouraging the purchase of certain fuel-inefficient vehicles. This measure could contribute to air emissions reductions relevant to Target 1.1: Climate Change Mitigation and to Target 2.1: Air Pollutants of the FSDS.

ii. Outline of the non-financial performance expectations

The Green Levy is an important part of the Government's comprehensive, results-oriented ecoACTION plan aimed at promoting clean, sustainable transportation choices for Canadians. In particular, the Green Levy aims to continue discouraging the purchase of fuel-inefficient vehicles and to promote the development and deployment of cleaner transportation technologies.

4. Ecological Gifts Program

Theme III: Protecting Nature
Maintain the incentives for the protection of Canada's ecologically-sensitive land, including habitat used by species at risk, through ongoing tax assistance for donations of ecologically-sensitive land under the Ecological Gifts Program. (Implementation Strategy 6.1.5)

Under the Ecological Gifts Program, Canadian landowners may donate ecologically sensitive land, or easements and covenants on such land, to conservation charities to ensure its preservation in perpetuity. Under this program, donors may benefit from the charitable donations tax credit (for individuals) or the charitable donations deduction (for corporations) on the full value of the gifts of ecologically-sensitive land. In addition, capital gains that have accrued on the donated land are eligible for a complete exemption from capital gains tax.

To protect the public interest, Environment Canada is responsible for certifying:

  • the eligibility of charitable recipient organizations;
  • the ecological sensitivity of the donation; and
  • the fair market value of the donation.

In addition, to ensure the perpetual protection of the donated land, the Income Tax Act includes special tax liabilities for recipients of ecologically sensitive land if there are any changes in use without the prior authorization of Environment Canada.

i. Relationship between the implementation strategy and the FSDS targets

The Ecological Gifts Program is intended to help Canada's landowners and conservation groups in their habitat conservation and protection efforts. In particular, donations of ecologically sensitive land can contribute to the protection of non-park protected habitat, including habitat used by species at risk, pursuant to Target 6.1 of the FSDS.

ii. Outline of the non-financial performance expectations

While the decision to donate ecologically sensitive land is often motivated by non-financial factors, the significant income tax benefits provided through the Ecological Gifts Program are intended to provide an incentive to encourage donations of ecologically sensitive land.

4. Additional Sustainable Development Activities/Initiatives

Finance Canada's vision for sustainable development – "economic and fiscal policy frameworks and decisions that promote equity and enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of current and future generations" – is consistent with its mandate to foster a strong economy. The Department's most important contribution to sustainable development lies in integrating the environment and the economy, promoting intergenerational and intragenerational equity, and respecting the needs of future generations. The Department can play a significant role in sustainable development by supporting policies that ensure fiscal sustainability, contribute to a high standard of living for future generations and help build strong social foundations. Through the course of its work relating to tax policy, financial sector policy and in its central agency role, the Department can contribute to efforts to integrate sustainable development considerations into policy making and the environment. In addition, Finance can set an example for other organizations through a commitment to sustainable development in its operations.

The Department of Finance has set out several goals, not included in the FSDS, which focus on key areas where it can contribute to sustainable development. The Department has focused on making specific commitments in areas relating to its core mandate where it is the lead federal department or has a distinct role in areas where other departments have the policy lead. Each goal is accompanied by a set of objectives and commitments the Department has made towards meeting those objectives.

Goal 1
Fiscal Sustainability and a High Standard of Living for Future Generations
Objectives Targets Planned Activities/Implementation Plan Linkage to PAA
1a: Promote fiscal sustainability. 1a.1 Return to balanced budgets and ensure the federal debt-to-GDP ratio remains on a downward path. The Department will monitor and report on the implementation of the measures outlined in Budget 2010 to restore budgetary balance over the medium term.

The Department will monitor ongoing economic developments and ensure fiscal policies are adequate to meet future economic challenges.
PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: Economic and Fiscal Policy, Planning, and Forecasting
1b: Monitor long-run economic and fiscal issues and prospects. 1b.1 Understand the long-run economic and fiscal implications of ongoing domestic and global developments. The Department will continue ongoing research and analysis concerning the long-run economic and fiscal implications of ongoing domestic and global developments. PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: Economic and Fiscal Policy, Planning, and Forecasting
1c: Develop and support policies and measures that promote the long-run sustainability of Canada's economy. 1c.1 Provide analysis and advice to the Minister in support of a tax system that raises revenues in an economically efficient, fair and simple manner that is conducive to economic growth and improved standards of living. The Department will continue to advise the Government on how to: maintain Canada's business tax advantage; address inefficient non-neutralities in the business tax system that distort the allocation of investment; and continue to improve Canada's system of international taxation.  The Department will also support the Government in ensuring the appropriateness and integrity of the various benefits and tax assistance provided to individuals through the Income Tax Act, including support for retirement and other savings, families, caregivers, charities, education, and savings and entrepreneurship. PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: Taxation

Goal 2
Strong Social Foundations
Objectives Targets Planned Activities/Implementation Plan Linkage to PAA
2a: Ensure stable and predictable funding for health and social programs. 2a.1 Provide timely and accurate payment of Canada Health Transfer and Canada Social Transfer amounts. In 2011-12, the Department will continue to focus on providing timely, accurate payments of Canada Health Transfer and Canada Social Transfer amounts to provinces and territories. We will propose, if needed, amendments to the Federal-Provincial Arrangements Act to give effect to any Budget 2011 proposals relating to the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer; and will propose any technical amendments to those transfer arrangements that may be necessary. PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy
2b: Reduce fiscal disparities through Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing programs. 2b.1 Address fiscal disparities with timely and accurate payment of Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing transfer amounts. In 2011-12, the Department will continue to focus on providing timely, accurate payments of Equalization amounts to Equalization-receiving provinces and Territorial Formula Financing amounts to territories. In addition, we will propose, if needed, amendments to the Federal-Provincial Arrangements Act to give effect to any Budget 2011 proposals relating to major federal transfers to provincial and territorial governments. PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy
2c: Ensure the sustainability of the retirement income system. 2c.1 Continue to implement legislative and regulatory changes resulting from the 2007-2009 Triennial review of the Canada Pension Plan. Finance officials will continue work to implement the Triennial Review changes in 2011-12 by:
  • working with HRSD and CRA on the details of the implementation; and
  • preparing responses to Ministerial correspondence related to the CPP changes.
PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy
2c.2 Continue to work with provinces and territories to identify ways to help Canadians save more effectively for retirement. In 2011-12, the Department will continue to work in collaboration with provinces and territories to pursue the directions outlined at the December 2010 meeting of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Finance Ministers. Specifically, the Department will:
  • Work collaboratively with provinces and territories over the coming months to implement Pooled Registered Pension Plans, taking into account the perspectives of employers, employees and those that may offer PRPPs in developing legislation to implement these plans. The Department will also develop modifications to the tax rules to accommodate PRPPs, with the objective of ensuring that such plans fit within the basic system of rules and limits for Registered Pension Plans and Registered Retirement Savings Plans.
  • Analyze the Report of the Task Force on Financial Literacy and make recommendations in conjunction with provincial and territorial input to the Minister of Finance.
  • Continue work with provinces and territories on options for a modest, fully funded and phased in expansion to the CPP.
2c.3 Continue work on the next Canada Pension Plan triennial review (to be completed by 2012) FPT Ministers of Finance, as joint stewards of the CPP, are required to review the Plan every three years to ensure that it remains financially sustainable and to determine whether any changes are required. The next Triennial Review is expected to be concluded in late 2011 or early 2012. Finance officials will support Ministers of Finance by:
  • providing advice and analysis on focus of Review, based on the most recent Actuarial Report on the CPP, discussions with provinces and territories, and the general retirement income context; and
  • organizing regular FPT conference calls and discussions on possible changes to ensure the CPP remains sustainable.

Goal 3
Integrating Sustainable Development Considerations into Policy Making
Objectives Targets Planned Activities/Implementation Plan Linkage to PAA
3a: Evaluate the potential for the use of economic instruments as a policy tool for addressing environmental issues. 3a.1 Evaluate potential changes to the tax system that could contribute to the Government's environmental objectives, including tax proposals received from stakeholders. The Department will continue to evaluate tax proposals concerning environmental measures, including consideration of the relative effectiveness of tax measures compared to other instruments that may be available within the context of the Government's other fiscal and policy objectives. The Framework for Evaluation of Environmental Tax Proposals, published in the 2005 budget, sets out general policy considerations that may be taken into account in the assessment of potential tax measures aimed at furthering the Government's environmental objectives. The Department will continue to review the accelerated capital cost allowance for clean energy generation equipment on an ongoing basis to ensure inclusion of appropriate technologies that have the potential to contribute to energy efficiency, diversification of the energy supply, and a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: Taxation
3b: Increased knowledge and awareness of environmental and broader sustainable development issues within the department. 3b.1 Organize at least one speaker annually on an issue related to sustainable development. To increase knowledge and awareness of sustainable development issues, the Department will organize at least one session with an external speaker in 2011-12 on a sustainable development topic. PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: Economic Development and Corporate Finance
3b.2 Conduct research and analysis on environmental and natural resource issues. To increase awareness and understanding of current environmental and natural resource issues within the Department, research and analysis on these issues will continue to be conducted on an ongoing basis.
3c: Effective implementation of the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals. 3c.1 Update departmental processes and resources related to Strategic Environmental Assessments to reflect the revised Guidelines for Implementing the Cabinet Directive on Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, issued October 2010. Information, tools and training are available to assist employees in completing SEAs. The Department will update these resources to reflect changes to the Guidelines for Implementing the Cabinet Directive on Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals. The Department's SEA questionnaire, the primary tool available to analysts conducting SEAs, will be updated to allow analysts to consider the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy goals and targets when evaluating the environmental impacts of a proposal. PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: Economic Development and Corporate Finance
3c.2 Organize an information session for Department of Finance employees on undertaking Strategic Environmental Assessments. At least one information/training session on SEAs will be held to ensure that all employees are:
  • informed about the rationale for and benefits of conducting SEAs;
  • aware of the Department's procedures with respect to SEAs; and
  • aware of the resources available which can assist them in completing  of SEAs.
3d: Integration of sustainable development considerations into Canada's operations at Bretton Woods Institutions. 3d.1 Encourage the World Bank Group to make an enhanced contribution to environmental sustainability. The Department will undertake efforts that support the integration of climate change considerations into activities of the World Bank Group. Progress on these efforts will be reported through the Report to Parliament on the Operations under the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act. PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: International Trade and Finance
3d.2 Encourage the World Bank Group to improve policies and performance standards on economic, social and environmental sustainability. The Department will encourage the approval and implementation of the revised Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability.

The Department will encourage the World Bank Group to enhance its support to candidate and prospective candidate countries in completing the implementation process for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Progress on these efforts will be reported through the Report to Parliament on the Operations under the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act.
3e:  Support implementation of Canada's international financing commitment under the Copenhagen Accord. 3e.1 Deliver $290 million in climate

change-related financing through the International Finance Corporation.
The Department will work with relevant organizations and departments to deliver this concessional financing in support of Canada's international climate change efforts.

The Department will report on this initiative through existing Government of Canada reporting on Official Development Assistance, International Climate Change efforts, and on the operations of Bretton Woods Institutions and Related Agreements Act.
PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: International Trade and Finance
3f: Encourage export credit agencies to take into account climate change considerations in their decisions on export finance. 3f.1 Address, where possible, financial barriers in the transfer of technologies that will assist climate change mitigation. The Department will participate in the OECD discussions on the Draft Sector Understanding on Export Credits for Climate Change Mitigation and Water Projects that sets out the most generous support that may be provided by government-backed support for climate-friendly technologies. PA: Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

PSA: International Trade and Finance
Goal 4
Demonstrating the Department's Commitment to Sustainable Development in Operations
Objectives Targets Planned Activities/Implementation Plan Linkage to PAA
4a: Integrate a management framework to ensure that operations are conducted in an environmentally responsible, economically viable, streamlined and efficient manner.   4a.1: By March 31, 2012, implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) to promote environmentally responsible, economically viable, streamlined and efficient operations. An EMS refers to the management of an organization's environmental programs in a systematic, planned and documented manner.

The Department will establish an EMS committee composed of representatives from corporate services, a green citizenship network representative and PWGSC.

The Department will track and report on progress, and establish plans and strategies for departmental engagement and communications.
PA: Internal Services

PSA: N/A

5. FSDS Theme IV – Shrinking the Environmental Footprint of Government

Theme IV: Shrinking the Environmental Footprint Beginning with Government


Finance Canada is a participant in the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) and contributes to the fourth theme – Shrinking the Environmental Footprint of Government and other areas related to Greening Government Operations (GGO), through the internal services PA. For additional information on GGO activities including the Department's progress towards meeting GGO targets please refer to 2011-12 Part III - Reports on Plans and Priorities (RPP).

6. Additional Details on the FSDS

For additional information on the FSDS, please refer to Sustainable Development.