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The Department of Finance's 2004-06 sustainable development strategy (SDS) was released in February 2004. The Department's two key sustainable development goals for this period were: ensuring intergenerational equity and more fully integrating economic, social and environmental considerations and objectives into policy making. To help focus the Department's efforts, the 2004-06 SDS identified four theme areas upon which to base action over the three year period: Building the Future; Integrating the Economy and the Environment; Integrating Sustainable Development in the Global Economy; and Greening Operations. The Department's sustainable development action plan sets out a number of objectives and targeted actions in each of these theme areas. The following table shows the results achieved for fiscal year 2004-05 for each targeted action.

 


Actions for 2004-06

Results Achieved in 2004-05


Key Issue 1: Building the Future
Objective 1a: Maintaining a Healthy Fiscal Climate
1a.1: Continue to pursue the Government's Debt Repayment Plan to ensure the federal debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) ratio remains on a permanent downward track Budget 2005 confirmed that the Government of Canada expects a balanced budget or better in 2004-05 for the eighth consecutive year. According to fiscal projections in Budget 2005, the federal debt-to-GDP ratio will fall to 38.8 per cent in 2004-05, from 41.1 per cent in 2003-04. With continued balanced budgets, the debt ratio is projected to decline to about 37 per cent by 2005-06. This is below the level anticipated in Budget 2004 and supports the Government's commitment to meeting its objective of reducing the debt-to-GDP ratio to 25 per cent within 10 years.

In keeping with the Government's commitment to shift expenditures from low-priority areas to high-priority areas, Budget 2005 also incorporated the Expenditure Review Committee's (ERC) first review of federal spending. The Committee's review resulted in measures that will transform the way the Government operates and provide savings of almost $11 billion over 5 years. Budget 2005 directed ERC savings towards key areas such as: national defence and security, the environment, support for Aboriginal Canadians, support for research and development, and investment in federal infrastructure.

The Government has moved forward with measures to strengthen financial management and transparency, including the re-establishment of the Office of the Comptroller General and a review of Crown corporation governance.


Objective 1b: Building a Strong Society
1b.1: Ensure predictable and growing funding for health and social programs The Government of Canada committed significant new funding for health and social programs during this review period. The Department is responsible for implementing a number of these commitments. The Department implemented the terms of the 2003 Health Accord, including $31.5 billion through increased transfers and $5.3 billion in new direct spending measures.

The Department was instrumental in leading the legislative process to provide an additional $150 million for early learning and child care through the Canada Social Transfer, as well as $300 million in funding for public health and immunization, as committed in Budget 2004.

The Department developed and disseminated multiple communications packages explaining increased federal support for health and social programs, including detailed Budget material, media sheets, website material and other targeted material, as required.

The Department played a pivotal role in the preparation for the First Ministers' Meeting in September 2004. At that meeting, the Prime Minister announced $41.3 billion in new federal funding in support of the 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. Again, the Department was responsible for implementing the major financial commitments, including passage of authorizing legislation. As a result of this agreement, the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) will be strengthened by a total of $35.3 billion over 10 years, reflecting an increase in the CHT base level to $19 billion in 2005-06, and the adoption of an annual six percent escalator beginning in 2006-07. As well, the funding provides $5.5 billion for a dedicated Wait Times Reduction Transfer as well as $500 million for additional investments in diagnostic and medical equipment. The legislation also provides for a parliamentary review after 3 years on progress on the implementation of the Accord.

1b.2: Improve the transparency and accountability of federal transfer support to the provinces and territories. This target of improved transparency and accountability was achieved effective April 1, 2004 when the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST) was restructured into two new block transfers: a Canada Health Transfer (CHT) in support of health; and a Canada Social Transfer (CST) in support of post-secondary education, social assistance and social services, including early childhood development, and early learning and child care services.

In order to improve the public awareness of transfer support and the federal contribution to health and social programs, the Department provided significant information to Parliament and to Canadians. The Department provided briefings and background material to Parliamentarians and stakeholders as requested. The Department also developed and disseminated communications material for the public explaining increased federal support for health and social programs, as well as the new transfer structure, particularly through detailed Budget material. As well, the Department prepared media-oriented material, updated and expanded information available on the Department's website and prepared other targeted material as necessary. Finally, the Department responded to correspondence received from Parliamentarians, stakeholders and Canadians.

1b.3: Ensure fiscal disparities are addressed through the equalization and Territorial Formula Financing programs On October 26, 2004, the Government of Canada announced a new framework for Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing (TFF), which was presented to premiers and territorial leaders at the September 2004 First Ministers' Meeting. The new framework comprises five elements: a minimum funding floor of $10 billion for Equalization and $1.9 billion for TFF for 2004-05; complete protection for provinces and territories against overall and individual declines in payments in 2004-05; a funding level of $10.9 billion for Equalization and $2 billion for TFF in 2005-06; a growth rate of 3.5 percent until 2009-10; and the establishment of an independent review panel to advise on the allocation among provinces and territories in 2006-07 and beyond.

Over the next 10 years, and subject to review in 2009-10, the new framework will provide $33.4 billion more in Equalization and TFF payments to provinces and territories than the annual amounts for 2004-05 estimated at the time of Budget 2004.

1b.4: Ensure the retirement income system remains sustainable and meets seniors' needs. Federal and provincial officials have been working on analysis, research and advice to support federal and provincial Finance Ministers' triennial financial review of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), which the CPP legislation requires that Ministers make "best efforts" to complete by the end of 2005.

The proposed changes to the CPP of Budget 2004 received Royal Assent April 8, 2004. After consultation with the provinces and territories, the required approval was obtained and the new legislation came into force January 31st 2005.

The Department of Finance and the Department of Social Development are currently drafting the annual report on the operations of the Canada Pension Plan, which will be circulated to the provinces for comments prior being tabled before Parliament.

The special examination of the CPP Investment Board was completed on June 15, 2004 by Deloitte & Touche, who concluded that there is reasonable assurance that there are no significant deficiencies in the systems and practices of the CPP Investment Board.

The Department has begun the transfer of all CPP assets remaining with the federal government to the CPP Investment Board. The CPP Investment Board will be responsible for managing all the CPP assets beginning in May 2007.


Objective 1c: Implementing Key Federal Environmental Sustainable Development Priorities
1c.1: In the context of planning for future budgets, work with other federal departments and stakeholders to identify ways to address environmental sustainable development priorities. Finance officials worked with other federal Departments to implement several initiatives from Budget 2004. For instance, finance officials participated in the negotiation of a new funding agreement for an additional $200 million with Sustainable Development Technology Canada to broaden its mandate to include a broader spectrum of sustainable development issues - climate change, clean air, water and soil. As well, officials worked with officials from Environment Canada to develop a policy framework for the up to $500 million provided in Budget 2004 to support remediation activities for shared-responsibility contaminated sites.

As a result of Departmental efforts to identify environmental funding priorities, Budget 2005 targeted over $4 billion in investments over the next five years for key climate change initiatives and a further $1 billion for other environmental measures.

Project Green - Moving Forward on Climate Change: A Plan for Honouring our Kyoto Commitment was released in April 2005. It will be used to guide the federal government's approach to implementing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Key elements of this plan were funded in the Budget, including:

  • An innovative $1-billion Climate Fund to encourage the most cost-effective projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by Canadians, industry, and - in those cases when it is in the national interest and involves Canadian companies reducing greenhouse gas emissions - projects in other countries.
  • A Partnership Fund to deliver targeted support for large strategic projects that are jointly agreed priorities for the Government of Canada and provinces and territories.
  • The expansion of the Wind Power Production Incentive and the establishment of a Renewable Power Production Incentive to encourage the production of electricity from clean, renewable power sources.
  • The expansion of the EnerGuide for Houses Retrofit Incentive program, which will support energy efficiency improvements in a total of 500,000 homes by 2010.
  • A $300-million enrichment of the Green Municipal Funds, which make investments in innovative green municipal projects. Half of this amount will be targeted to the cleanup of brownfields (abandoned or idle properties where environmental contamination is known or suspected and where there is an active economic potential for redevelopment).
  • An estimated $295 million in enhanced tax incentives through accelerated capital cost allowance (CCA) to encourage investment in efficient and renewable energy generation.
  • A plan to develop, by the end of 2006, a Sustainable Energy Science and Technology Strategy with provinces and territories.

Budget 2005 also included several measures to further improve Canada's stewardship of the environment and contribute to the sustainable development of the economy:

  • $28 million over two years to fund strategic investments in preventative measures to minimize the risk of invasive alien species to our environment, society and economy.
  • $40 million to improve the ecological integrity of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
  • $28.4 million over two years to preserve the health of Canada's oceans.
  • $15 million per year ongoing to ensure the conservation of our fisheries in the Northwest Atlantic.
  • $90 million to support scientific assessments and research under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which will help reduce the exposure of Canadians to potentially harmful toxins.
  • $209 million for the maintenance and acquisition of capital assets in national parks and $60 million to restore the ecological integrity of parks.
1c.2: Work with other government departments to evaluate federal horizontal management of water policy. A Finance official participated in the development a framework providing a comprehensive inventory of the roles and responsibilities of federal departments regarding freshwater issues. The framework has been completed and is being used as a management tool among involved departments. It will be drawn upon to assess priorities for further action concerning water. It is also expected that this water framework will be integrated into an overarching framework developed by Environment Canada -the Competitiveness and Environmental Sustainability Framework.

Key Issue 2: Integrating the Economy and the Environment
Objective 2a: Evaluating the Potential for and Developing Practical Uses of Economic Instruments
2a.1: Participate in further work in cooperation with other federal departments, other governments and stakeholders on the design of a system of covenants with the large industrial emitters sector to achieve reductions in their greenhouse gas emission intensities to help further Canada's climate change objectives under the Kyoto Protocol. Additionally, the Department will participate in work on potential mechanisms to facilitate a domestic and international permit-trading system. The new Climate Change Plan, Moving Forward on Climate Change: A Plan for Honouring our Kyoto Commitment, released in April 2005, outlines the Government's vision for the proposed LFE system, including the overall target, key system design elements and the proposed legislative vehicle. The Department of Finance was involved in the consultative process leading to the release of the Plan. The department will continue to participate in further work on the design of the system.
2a.2: Continue to participate in the Steering Committee and as observers at working group levels with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy on its Ecological Fiscal Reform program over 2003-2005. In 2004/05, officials from the Economic Development and Corporate Finance (EDCF) Branch participated as ex-officio members in the NRTEE's EFR and Energy Task Force, and acted as observers on various EFR and Energy working groups, including: Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Hydrogen. NRTEE released case studies exploring the role of fiscal policy in promoting energy efficiency, renewable power, and the commercialization of hydrogen-based energy systems. A State of the Debate report, including the program's findings and key recommendations, will be released in the summer of 2005.

To continue efforts on EFR, Budget 2005 indicated that the government believes that there may be merit in the concept of a vehicle "feebate", which would provide a consumer rebate for fuel-efficient vehicles and impose a fee on fuel-inefficient vehicles. To facilitate third-party input, the government has asked the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) to develop options for a feebate, to consult and to make recommendations to the government for the next federal budget.

2a.3: Continue to undertake analysis and research concerning the economic and fiscal implications of population aging. Research on the effects of population ageing on the composition of aggregate demand and productivity, on early retirement incentives embedded in private pension plans and on the effects of population ageing on age-related program expenditures were completed over the period. Other research, including a research paper on the relationship between the age structure of the population and productivity were started. Moreover, a number of presentations that discuss the economic and fiscal implications of ageing were prepared and presented in various governmental and academic fora, including a Canada-European Union conference in Brussels and a national conference organized by the Policy Research Initiative (PRI) that brought together a large contingency of academics and government officials. These presentations and the research conducted within the Department were used as the basis of the Budget 2005 annex on Canada's demographic challenge. This annex provided a brief but comprehensive overview of the demographic challenge Canada will face in years to come and its implications for living standards and government finances.
2a.4: Continue to keep abreast of the emerging literature related to population aging and its economic and fiscal impacts; develop and employ analytical tools (such as computable general equilibrium models, microsimulation models and econometric methods) to examine impacts associated with population aging and provide analysis of current and proposed policies. A preliminary version of a paper detailing the recent literature on population ageing was drafted during the 2004-05 period. A computable general equilibrium model was developed and was used to address various questions pertaining to population ageing. The model and simulation results were documented in a research paper. A long-term economic and fiscal model was used to examine hypothetical policy scenarios from the Policy Research Initiative's research project "Population Ageing and Life-Course Flexibility", while other models were used to conduct ongoing sensitivity analysis of the fiscal impact of population ageing on provincial and federal governments. Results from these models were used in the elaboration of the Budget 2005 annex on population ageing and in numerous presentations that were made and circulated both within and outside the Department.
2a.5: Continue to evaluate research concerning environment-related tax measures. Assess the potential of proposals received from stakeholders for using the tax system to assist the Government in meeting its environmental objectives, with specific emphasis on 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. Fulfilling a commitment made in the Sustainable Development Strategy, the 2005 Budget Plan (Annex 4) set out "A Framework for Evaluation of Environmental Tax Proposals," which indicated the context and criteria that may guide the analytical evaluation of options to use the tax system to pursue environmental goals. This document is intended to facilitate dialogue and foster a shared understanding of policy considerations that may be taken into account as proposals are developed, assessed and implemented. As noted in Budget 2005, the Government has also asked the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) to consult and make recommendations with respect to options for a vehicle "feebate", with a view to encouraging Canadians to acquire more environmentally friendly vehicles.

The Department also evaluated potential modifications to the capital cost allowance (CCA) for efficient and renewable energy generation equipment, with the benefit of discussions with other government departments and stakeholders.

  • Budget 2005 announced an acceleration of the capital cost allowance (CCA) rate from 30 per cent to 50 per cent for certain high-efficiency cogeneration equipment and the full range of renewable energy generation equipment currently included in capital cost allowance Class 43.1 (including wind turbines, small hydro facilities, active solar heating equipment, photovoltaics and geothermal energy equipment).
  • Budget 2005 also proposed to extend Class 43.1 CCA treatment (including eligibility for the new 50-per-cent CCA rate) to certain district energy and biogas production systems. Qualifying start-up expenses of projects using these additional technologies will be eligible for treatment as Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses.

Budget 2005 indicated that new accelerated CCA will only be considered for investments in green technology and that opportunities to use the tax system to advance environmental goals will continue to be actively considered.

The Department continued to evaluate research and proposals concerning environment-related tax measures in consultation with other government departments and stakeholders. For example, officials:

  • Participated in discussions with respect to the tax treatment of transactions under a proposed emissions trading system, which is being developed to reduce greenhouse gas emission intensities; and
  • Met with officials from other government departments and the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) to discuss tax issues relevant to brownfield redevelopment.

Objective 2b: Increasing the Knowledge Base Through Integrated Decision Making
2b.1: Continue to maintain awareness of the departmental process for implementing the 1999 Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals (Strategic Environmental Assessment). The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) provided a briefing on SEA to the Department's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) and other interested Departmental officials in October 2004. Concurrently, an official from the Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch gave a presentation on the Department's internal SEA process.

Reporting on SEA to the DCC will be integrated with annual reporting to DCC on SDS implementation starting in Fall 2005/06. In the interim, officials are taking steps to further improve the Department's implementation of the Cabinet Directive.

An overview and update on Departmental SEA procedures are regularly provided to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency through the SEA subcommittee of the Senior Management Committee on Environmental Assessment.

Information on SEA is available through the Department's internal website, available to all employees. This material will be included in the orientation material for new employees in 2005/06.

2b.2: Conduct research and analysis on environmental and natural resource issues. Within the Economic Development Branch, research was conducted on emerging environmental and natural resource policy issues. Presentations were made on each research topic, which were open to officials within the Department. Research topics for 2004/05 included: Canada's Proposed GHG Emissions Trading Regime for Large Final Emitters; Considering Science in the Next Phase of Climate Change Funding; and Canadian Air Quality and Policy.

Key Issue 3: Integrating Sustainable Development in the Global  Economy 
Objective 3a: Participating in Negotiating International Environmental Agreements
3a.1: Support initiatives to enhance the understanding of linkages between Multilateral Environmental Agreements and trade rules. Finance officials participated in the development of the Canadian position for four Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) (regular and in Special Session) meetings held during the FY 2004-2005.

The CTE is the main forum for discussing trade and environment issues at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The mandate of the CTE is to identify the relationship between trade measures and environmental measures in order to promote sustainable development and to make appropriate recommendations on whether any modifications of the provisions of the multilateral trading system are required, compatible with the open, equitable and non-discriminatory nature of the system. Canada's objective in participating in the CTE is to ensure that Canada's interests are taken into account in decisions on trade and environmental issues.

At the Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in November 2001, Ministers agreed to launch negotiations on certain aspects of the trade and environment linkage. These negotiations aim at clarifying the relationship between the multilateral trade and environment regimes, and cover also information exchange between WTO committees and multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) secretariats, as well as the liberalization of trade in environmental goods and services. These negotiations are taking place in Special Sessions of the CTE (CTESS) and are an important contribution to sustainable development. Canada's objective in participating in the CTESS is to reduce or, as appropriate, eliminate, tariff and non-tariff barriers to environmental goods and services. In FY 2004-05, Canada continued to work towards this objective with the view to tabling a list of environmental goods for examination by the CTE in June 2005. The list was presented June 11, 2005.

3a.2: Collaborate with other government departments on Canada's ongoing approach to international negotiations and activities on climate change, focusing primarily on economic and fiscal issues under negotiation. On February 16, 2005, the Prime Minister announced that Canada would host the Eleventh Conference of the Parties (CoP 11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Montreal in early December 2005.  Prior and subsequent to this, the Department has participated in interdepartmental working groups to prepare for hosting CoP11 and develop Canada's negotiating position on international climate change issues.

Objective 3b: Integrating Environment Into Future Negotiations on Trade and Investment Agreements
3b.1: In conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), examine trade and environment linkages in the context of the World Trade Organization and trade negotiations. Finance officials continued to participate in the various committees on the environmental assessment of trade negotiations chaired by Foreign Affairs Canada and/or International Trade Canada, including the Environmental Assessment of Trade Negotiations Steering Committee and the WTO Environmental Assessment Committee. The Initial Environmental Assessment of the Canada-Singapore Free Trade Negotiations was released on May 14, 2004.
3b.2: With DFAIT and Industry Canada, strive to promote free trade in the environmental sector and continue to review specific requests to remove tariffs unilaterally where they are identified as a significant disincentive to the acquisition of environmental technology products. The Department continues to actively support, and participate in, the negotiations on the reduction or elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers on environmental goods and services in the ongoing WTO Doha Round. Finance officials participated in the development of a Canadian submission on trade liberalization of environmental goods to be presented to the WTO CTE.

Canada's draft list of environmental goods reflects the traditional view of environmental goods as pollution prevention and/or remediation technologies.


Objective 3c: Involving International Financial Institutions
3c.1: Work with other donor governments during the 14th replenishment of the World Bank/International Development Association's (IDA14) financing for the world's poorest countries to ensure that sustainable development issues remain high priorities (the replenishment negotiations are expected to begin in early 2004, with the three-year replenishment period to become effective in July 2005). Canada actively participated in the IDA14 replenishment negotiations, which formally concluded in April, 2005. The Department consulted with other Departments and interested NGOs in developing an IDA14 negotiating position that stressed sustainable development as an operational priority. During the negotiations, Canada engaged with other donors to support this theme. One of the two pillars of IDA14's operating strategy is "Sustainable Growth". This pillar acknowledges the importance of sustainable development. IDA donors agreed that the environment plays a critical role in ensuring that development in IDA countries is sustainable and poverty reduction is lasting. IDA will aim to design its programs and projects with a view to ensuring long-term environmental and social sustainability and reducing the vulnerability of poor people and long-term environmental degradation.
3c.2: Undertake consultations in 2004 with interested Canadian non-governmental organizations to exchange views on how best to support sustainable development within the IDA14 negotiations and within the international financial institutions more broadly. The Department organized several consultations with interested NGOs throughout the IDA14 replenishment negotiation process on broad development issues, including sustainable development. These consultations were intended to inform the Department's negotiating position, as well as to facilitate the NGOs' involvement with the World Bank in its own public consultations. The Department also consulted with NGOs on broader development issues, including those raised by the independent review of the World Bank's activities in the extractive industries.
3c.3: Work with the Executive Boards of the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to support operations that promote sustainable development. Canada's Executive Directors' offices continued to stress the priority of sustainable development at both institutions. For specific projects, such as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Oil Pipeline and the Nam Theun II dam, Canada's Executive Directors actively pressed World Bank/International Finance Corporation (IFC) and EBRD managements to ensure that sustainable development concerns were adequately addressed. Canada also emphasized the institutions' role in sustainable development during policy discussions, most prominently in the World Bank's response to the Extractive Industries Review and the EBRD's revised Environment Policy.

Objective 3d: Increasing knowledge and understanding of the relationship between financial services and international environmental practices
3d.1: Participate in upcoming events such as the annual UNEP Finance Initiative Global Roundtable and other corporate social responsibility events. Department of Finance officials attended various conferences and events to keep abreast of international developments on sustainability issues related to the financial sector, such as corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investing. As such, officials attended the Conference Board's Corporate Social Responsibility Conference in May 2004 and the Triple Bottom Line Investing conference in November 2004.

Objective 3e: Maintaining a dialogue with federal financial institutions on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility with a view to continually improving the annual Public Accountability Statements
3e.1: Maintain open dialogue with representatives of financial institutions on Public Accountability Statements (PAS). In March 2005, Department of Finance officials met with representatives from financial institutions that are subject to the Public Accountability Statement annual publication requirement. We discussed the evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting via the PAS, opportunities and challenges associated with such reporting, and started to share views on continued improvement in reporting for the future.

Objective 3f: Informing and educating others interested in sustainable development on the merits of the Public Accountability Statements
3f.1: Participate in various interdepartmental and external events.

 

Department of Finance officials continued to respond to inquiries from domestic and international stakeholders about the reporting requirements for financial institutions under the Public Accountability Statement Regulations.

The Department provided input on sustainable development initiatives, as pertains to financial institutions as needed.


Key Issue 4: Greening Operations
Objective 4a: Enhancing awareness of the environmental impacts of our operations and encouraging employee and management adoption of best practices
4a.1: Increase the proportion of employees participating in the ongoing promotion of SD principles in the workplace to 20 per cent by 2006.[1] The department developed a Green Citizenship Network in partnership with employees from the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Public Service Human Resource Management Agency and the Public Service Commission. In late September 2004, the Network held a one-day retreat and developed a Business Case to green operations at L'Esplanade Laurier.

An online green procurement awareness module was developed and made available to all employees via the department's intranet site. As part of a sustainable facilities management module, the department provided sustainable design training to Facilities Personnel.

In 2004, approximately 18% of Finance Canada employees participated in Earth Day and Environment Week events. Employee participation was solicited using a variety of methods, such as, communiqués, visual displays, contests and the InfoSite.

4a.2: Increase the number of requests for materials on greening initiatives, policies and achievements by 30 per cent by 2006.[2] The Greening the Office Web-page was revised to include new best practice awareness modules for: Energy Efficiency, Transportation, Waste Diversion, Water Conservation, Green Procurement and the Green Citizenship Network. The department successfully achieved its 2004-05 RPP target of 10%, by increasing the number requests by 20%.

Objective 4b: Developing tools and guides and maintaining existing programs to support the implementation of best practices
4b.1: Develop a tracking system to determine the baseline and benchmarks for the recommendation of environmentally preferred products and services by 2006. In partnership with Public Works and Government Services Canada, the department determined methods of tracking to determine the baseline and benchmarks for the recommendation of environmentally preferred products and services. Green procurement training sessions were provided to Accommodation Officers, Acquisition Cardholders, and Procurement Officers.
4b.2: Develop and implement a strategy to reduce resource consumption by 2005. In preparation for the strategy, departmental stakeholders were consulted and various opportunities to reduce resource consumption were investigated.

1 From a 12-per-cent baseline of employees who participated in a Finance-endorsed event in 2003.  [Return]

2  From a baseline of 1,300 requests for information on the Greening the Office intranet site in 2002-03. [Return]