Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2016–2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS):

  • sets out the Government of Canada’s sustainable development priorities
  • establishes goals and targets
  • identifies actions to achieve them, 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, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) supports reporting on the implementation of the FSDS and its Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy, or equivalent document, through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

2. Sustainable Development in the CTA

CTA’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the department’s actions in support of achieving a low-carbon government. This supplementary information table presents available results for the agency actions pertinent to this goal. Last year’s supplementary information table is posted on the CTA's website.

3. Departmental performance by FSDS goal

The following table provides performance information on agency actions in support of the FSDS goal listed in section 2.

FSDS goal: low-carbon government
FSDS target(s) FSDS contributing action(s) Corresponding agency actions Support for UN Sustainable Development Goal targetFootnote * Starting point(s), target(s) and performance indicator(s) for agency actions Results achievedFootnote
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve it by 2025 Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement
  • Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls









  • Ensure that decision‑makers have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement



  • Ensure that key officials include contributions to, and support for, the Government of Canada Policy on Green Procurement objectives in their performance evaluations
  • Put in place a departmental approach to further implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement [Yes / No]









  • Percentage of specialists in procurement and materiel management who have completed training on green procurement


  • Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution towards green procurement in the current fiscal year

Yes - The Canadian Transportation Agency's Contracting Policy and Procedures Guide contains a provision stating that, where possible, all procurement must promote environmental sustainability by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision process. The Directive on Acquisition Cards has also been updated to include this provision.



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    • The Agency will use only recycled paper


    • The Agency will reduce the amount of paper it uses
    • Type of paper used by the Agency [100% recycled paper]


    • Reduction in the amount of paper used by the Agency [5% reduction]
    • 100% recycled paper




    • 5% reduction in 2017-2018 compared to 2016-2017 levels

    4. Report on integrating sustainable development

    During the 2017–18 reporting cycle, the CTA had no proposals that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment and no public statements were produced.

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