2017-2018 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
- 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 Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada (OIC) 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 Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
The OIC’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the organization’s actions in support of achieving a low-carbon government. This supplementary information table presents available results for the OIC’s actions pertinent to this goal. Last year’s supplementary information table is posted on the OIC website.
3. OIC performance by FSDS goal
The following table provides performance information on OIC’s actions in support of the FSDS goal listed in section 2.
FSDS goal: low-carbon government
|FSDS contributing action(s)
|Corresponding OIC action(s)
|Support for UN Sustainable Development Goal target
|Starting point(s), target(s) and performance indicator(s) for OIC actions
|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.
4. Report on integrating sustainable development
The OIC will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets by promoting eco-friendly practices.
Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement
The OIC supports clean technologies and green products and services by taking environmental considerations into account in its purchasing decisions. The OIC’s approach is to continue leveraging instruments established by Public Services and Procurement Canada designed to meet federal government green procurement standards.
Promote sustainable travel practices
The OIC promotes sustainable practices for employee travel—including business travel and commuting to work—such as teleconferencing, telecommuting, carpooling, and use of hybrid and electric vehicles, and public transportation. When feasible, the OIC encourages the selection of offsetting options to reduce the impact of government travel, including using video conferencing as an alternative to travel, allows the OIC to reduce its carbon footprint.
The OIC operates in a Workplace 2.0 environment. Workplace 2.0 allows for much smaller work areas with a more open and bright workspace by constructing fewer walls and by locating offices and meeting rooms away from perimeter windows. As a result, the space gains better natural light and air circulation for all occupants. In turn, this reduces the workload on the buildings’ heating/ventilation/air conditioning system.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
The OIC sets its multi-function devices to double-sided, black-and-white printing as the default. Purchased paper and toners contain recycled materials. Empty toner cartridges are also recycled. Currently, old computers are sent to Computers for Schools while other surplus items are sent to GCSurplus.
Promote responsible disposal
The OIC continues to ensure that surplus electronic and electrical waste (e.g., batteries, networking equipment, and electrical wiring) are handled in an environmentally appropriate manner.
All employees have recycle bins at their workstations and recycling centres are located in the kitchens.
During the 2017–18 reporting cycle, the OIC had no proposals that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment and no public statements were produced.