Accessibility Standards Canada: 2020 to 2021 Departmental Results Report – Reporting on Green Procurement

This supplementary information table supports reporting on green procurement activities. This is in line with the Policy on Green Procurement.

1. Context

Accessibility Standards Canada did not have to follow the Federal Sustainable Development Act in 2020 to 2021. It also did not have to prepare a full departmental sustainable development strategy. However, it respects the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS). It does this by following the Policy on Green Procurement.

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

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 2022 “Greening Government” goal.

2. Commitments

Greening Government: The Government of Canada will move its operations to be: low-carbon; climate-resilient, and green.

FSDS target FSDS contributing actions Corresponding departmental actions Starting points Performance indicators Targets Results achieved Contribution by each departmental result to the FSDS goal and target
Actions supporting 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 purchased was made of recycled material.

There is no result available on consumption.

We will directly contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 by:

  • encouraging suppliers to reduce the impact of their goods, services and supply chains on the environment; and
  • encouraging employees to reduce the impact of their daily activities on the environment

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.

Actions supporting the Greening Government goal and the Policy on Green Procurement

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

We will 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.

We will directly contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns).

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.

3. Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2020 to 2021 reporting cycle, Accessibility Standards Canada:

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