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2015-16 Report on Plans and Priorities

Supplementary Information Tables

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013–16 guides the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. In keeping with the objectives of the Act to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy presents the planned contributions and expected results for Theme I – Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality, Theme II – Maintaining Water Quality and Availability, and Theme IV - Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government.

2. Themes I to III: Department and Agency-Led Targets

Not applicable (n/a)

FSDS Goal FSDS Performance Indicator FSDS Target
n/a n/a n/a

3. Themes I to III: Implementation Strategies

Through the FSDS, WD has committed to diversify the western Canadian economy by making strategic investments in the commercialization and adoption of clean energy and clean water technologies through the Western Diversification Program. These investments will contribute to the FSDS goals of mitigating climate change (implementation strategy 1.1.39), reducing air pollutants (implementation strategy 2.1.4) and increasing water availability (implementation strategy 3.12.2).

Under the department's Program Alignment Architecture (see Section I of the RPP for details), FSDS implementation strategies that are related to clean energy and clean water technologies are captured under the Business Development and Innovation program (1.1) or, more specifically, the sub-programs Technology Commercialization (1.1.4) and Innovation Capacity Building (1.1.3).

WD will assess its contribution towards the achievement of FSDS goals through relevant performance indicators associated with these two sub-programs (e.g., number of prototypes ready for demonstration and dollar value of sales tied to technology commercialized).

4. Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Target 7.2: Green Procurement

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

Scope and Context

WD has five locations across Canada. Locations are identified by cities where WD has an office with 8 or more employees. The WD locations are:

  • Vancouver, British Columbia;
  • Edmonton, Alberta (Headquarters);
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan;
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba; and
  • Ottawa, Ontario.

Effective April 1, 2013, all procurement functions were centralized to the Corporate Administration group in Finance and Corporate Management, Headquarters. The Procurement Unit consists of the Manager, Corporate Administration; a Team Leader, Corporate Services; two Procurement Officers; and one Procurement Clerk.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result

Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.

Performance Indicator

Targeted Performance Level

Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014.

Completed

Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in the given fiscal year.

Five
100%

Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in the given fiscal year.

Two
100%

Departmental Green Procurement Target

7.2.1. Information Technology (IT) Hardware

By March 31, 2017, 90% of IT hardware purchases will reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the equipment.

Performance Indicator

Targeted Performance Level

Dollar value or volume of IT hardware purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or volume of all purchase for IT hardware in the given year.

90%

Departmental Green Procurement Target

7.2.2. Imaging Hardware and Consumables
By March 31, 2017, 90% of toner cartridges will be recycled at end of life.

Performance Indicator

Targeted Performance Level

Volume of toner cartridges recycled relative to the total volume of all toner cartridges purchased in the year in question.

90%

Departmental Green Procurement Target

7.2.3. Business Travel
By March 31, 2017, 30% of accommodation stays will take place in establishments that have a high environmental rating based on an industry recognized tool.

Performance Indicator

Targeted Performance Level

Dollar value or number of accommodation stays that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or number of all accommodation stays in the given year.

30%

Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice

Targeted Performance Level

7.2.1. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible.

Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

Best Practice
7.2.2. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.

Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations

As of April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Scope and Context

See Target 7.2

Performance Measurement

Expected Result

Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.

Performance Indicator

Targeted Performance Level

An approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of the departmental workplace in place by March 31, 2015.

Completed (April 1, 2013)

Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice

Targeted Performance Level

7.3.1.1. Engage employees in greening government operations practices.

Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

7.3.1.2. Integrate environmental considerations into corporate policies, processes and practices in accordance with departmental refresh cycles.

Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

7.3.1.3. Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (i.e., printer ratios, paper usage and green meetings).

Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

7.3.1.4. Minimize the ratio of information technology (IT) assets per employee.

Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

7.3.1.5. Select and operate IT and office equipment in a manner that reduces energy consumption and material usage.

Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

7.3.1.6. Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner.

Seeking to reach "Exceeded" status

7.3.1.7. Reuse or recycle workplace materiel and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner.

Seeking to reach "Exceeded" status

7.3.1.8. Minimize all non-hazardous solid waste generated and leverage service offerings to maximize the diversion of waste.

Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

7.3.1.9. Increase the population density in office buildings and space utilization in special purpose buildings.

Seeking to reach "Achieved" status

5. Additional Departmental Sustainable Development Activities and Initiatives

Not applicable

6. Sustainable Development Management System

In keeping with WD's mandate to develop and diversify the western Canadian economy, WD's programming efforts with respect to sustainable development focus on projects that create economic benefits for Western Canada. For instance, WD continues to make investments in clean energy and water technologies in order to increase the number of western Canadian technologies brought to market. WD's sustainable development vision is that the western Canadian economy is growing, diversified and sustainable. 

In order to achieve its sustainable development objectives, WD fosters practices that promote sustainable development in its internal operations and project investment activities. WD initiatives related to sustainable development are incorporated into the department's procurement planning, tracking and reporting systems. WD's project assessment tool also allows for projects to be identified where there is alignment with an FSDS goal. In addition, a project's potential contribution to FSDS goals is considered during the funding decision process, with sustainable development projects reported in Client Driven Impact Surveys and on WD's public website. 

WD senior management's responsibilities for integrating sustainable development principles into the department's policies, programs and operations are supported by a departmental sustainable development team. The team includes a headquarters Chair and Leads in each regional office. The team shares information and liaises with project and policy officers to inform sustainable development decision making.

7. Strategic Environmental Assessment

WD will consider the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision–making processes.

WD will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of the FSDS goals and targets through the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. An SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on the FSDS goals and targets. The results of WD's detailed assessment are made public when an initiative is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that the environmental effects, including the impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program have been appropriately considered during proposal development and decision making.