Departmental results report - Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Introduction to the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2016 to 2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) presents the Government of Canada’s sustainable development goals and targets This is required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act.

Accessibility Standards Canada does not have to follow this Act. It also does not have to prepare a full departmental sustainable development strategy. However, it respects the FSDS. It does this by following the Policy on Green Procurement. It also does this by reporting on the implementation of sustainable development actions.

(“Green” means reducing the impact on the environment.)

Sustainable development in Accessibility Standards Canada

The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada’s effort to reduce its impacts on the environment. Accessibility Standards Canada supports the policy’s objectives and sustainable development. It does this in two ways:

  • by making sure its decisions to purchase goods and services help to reduce impacts on the environment; and
  • through the actions described in the 2019 to 2020 “Greening Government” goal.

This supplementary information table presents available results for the departmental actions taken for the “Greening Government” goal.

Departmental performance by FSDS goal

The following table provides performance information on departmental actions in support of the FSDS goals.

Context: Greening Government

Accessibility Standards Canada is a new departmental corporation. It was established under the Accessible Canada Act, which came into force on July 11, 2019. The following table reports on actions that the department has taken for the “Greening Government” goal from July 11, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

Results for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
FSDS target FSDS contributing actions Corresponding departmental actions

Starting points

Performance indicators


Results achieved

Contribution (by each departmental result to the FSDS foal and target)
Actions that support the Greening Government goal and the Policy on Green Procurement.

Departments will use environmental criteria to reduce impacts on the environment and to ensure best value in government procurement decisions.

We will continue to make sure that we have sustainable workplace practices (for example low printer ratios, paper usage and green meetings).



We will choose and operate IT and office equipment that use less energy and material.



We will use PSPC (Public Services and Procurement Canada) tools with green measures when purchasing goods (for example, furniture).


When green procurement tools are available, 80% of contracts for a commodity we purchase will use these tools.



We will use as little paper as possible. We will use recycled paper and material when available.


When green procurement tools were available, we awarded 100% of our procurement using these tools.



100% of the paper and envelopes that we bought was made of recycled material.



There is no result available on consumption.


Contractors completed their work at their location electronically. 



We held virtual meetings with contractors when meeting face-to-face was not necessary.


We purchased recycled products when available.


Departments will better support green procurement. They will do this by giving employees advice, tools and training on how to do this.

We ensure that procurement specialists and support staff will take the following training within a year of starting their job:

  • Green Procurement course given by the Canada School of Public Service.


We will give managers information and advice on how to support green procurement.
If we hire a procurement specialist, that person has to take green procurement training within the first year of starting the job. We have not yet hired a procurement specialist eligible for government employee training.

The manager responsible for procurement has received guidance and awareness material to support green procurement.



We also have access to PSPC (Public Services and Procurement Canada) in order to get support and guidance on green procurement.

Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2019 to 2020 reporting cycle, Accessibility Standards Canada:

  • had no proposals that required a strategic environmental assessment (SEA); and
  • did not produce any public statements.