2019–2020 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

April 2019

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Although the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the CTA adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by implementing the Policy on Green Procurement.

The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada’s effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, the CTA supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the actions described in the “FSDS goal: low-carbon government” table in section 2, below.

2. Commitments for Canadian Transportation Agency

FSDS goal: low-carbon government
FSDS target FSDS contributing action Corresponding departmental action(s) Starting points where available and performance indicators for departmental actions Programs where the departmental actions will occur
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.
Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement. Ensure green procurement practices are planned and implemented CTA approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement is in place Internal Services
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. [100%] Internal Services
Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and/or material management who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Procurement course or equivalent, in the given fiscal year. [100%] Internal Services
Limit available paper type to recycled paper only at the CTA. Type of paper used by the CTA [100% recycled paper] All programs
Reduce the amount of paper the CTA uses. Amount of paper used by the CTA [5% reduction] All programs

3. Integrating sustainable development

The CTA will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through its Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. A SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on FSDS goals and targets.

Public statements on the results of the CTA’s assessments are made public when an initiative that has undergone a detailed SEA is announced on the CTA's web site. 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 considered during proposal development and decision-making.

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