Health Canada supports the Government of Canada's commitment to sustainable development under the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA).
The FSDA, which came into force in June 2008, requires the Government of Canada to develop a Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) that makes environmental decision-making more transparent and accountable to Parliament. The FSDA also requires that federal government departments and agencies develop sustainable development strategies to support the FSDS.
The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) is a whole-of-government approach to achieve environmental sustainability. The approach improves transparency and accountability on the government's progress on sustainable development by linking the sustainable development planning and reporting to the Government of Canada's Expenditure Management System. The FSDS also establishes measurement, monitoring and reporting in order to track and report on progress to Canadians.
The Government of Canada's FSDS has four themes:
Health Canada is engaged in themes 1, 2 and 4, which are consistent with the Department's mandate.
Federal departments and agencies, including Health Canada, are required under the FSDA to develop a departmental sustainable development strategy to comply with and contribute to the FSDS.
Health Canada's Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) consists of two parts: