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Feds make amendments to Federal Sustainable Development Act

The amendments in the Federal Sustainable Development Act make decision-making on sustainable development more accountable to Parliament

December 7, 2020  by CM Staff

The Kiskatinaw wooden bridge in Dawson Creek, B.C., PHOTO: JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ

OTTAWA — On Dec. 1, 2020, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act came into force from the Government of Canada. 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.

“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,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of Environment and Climate Change, in a prepared statement. “Together, we can create a healthier and more prosperous Canada for future generations.”

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.

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