Federal Departments and Agencies

Departments and agencies are required to prepare a sustainable development strategy and respond to environmental petitions

The Federal Sustainable Development Act, which was passed in 2008, requires the Minister of the Environment to develop an overarching federal sustainable development strategy. It also requires that each department named in Schedule I of the Financial Administration Act, or an agency named in the schedule of the Federal Sustainable Development Act shall prepare a sustainable development strategy containing objectives and plans for the department or agency that complies with and contributes to the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. The departmental strategy is to be laid before the House of Commons within one year after the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy is tabled in the House of Commons.

Departments and agencies—those listed in Schedule I of the Financial Administration Act and in the Schedule of the Auditor General Act—are required to respond to environmental petitions submitted by Canadian residents (see section 22 of the Auditor General Act).

The following links allow you to access the most recent strategies located on departmental websites. These documents are not published by the Office of the Auditor General and are the responsibility of each department.

To access the PDF version you must have a PDF reader installed. If you do not already have one, there are a number of PDF readers available for free download or for purchase on the Internet.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canada Revenue Agency

Canadian Heritage

Canadian International Development Agency

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Environment Canada

Finance Canada, Department of

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Health Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Industry Canada

Justice Canada, Department of

National Defence

Natural Resources Canada

Parks Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Safety Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Transport Canada

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Veterans Affairs Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

Organizations voluntarily tabling SD Strategies in the House of Commons:

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Correctional Service Canada

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Royal Canadian Mounted Police


PDF Versions

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