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Table 8: Sustainable Development Strategy

In June 2008, a new Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA) came into force and replaced the Auditor General Act as the framework for sustainable development. In light of these changes, in 2008–2009, CIC shifted its focus from its previous Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) IV 2007–2010. CIC is now focusing on supporting the development of the federal SDS and laying the foundations to align a new departmental SDS with this broader strategy.

The new Act requires the Minister of the Environment to lead the development of a federal SDS that be tabled by spring 2010 and updated every three years. In addition, by spring 2011, other government departments will be required to develop, table, and update every three years, departmental strategies that align with the federal SDS.

To position itself for this alignment, and to build on the lessons learned from previous strategies and the recommendations made by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, CIC focused its efforts in 2008–2009 on laying the groundwork to develop a departmental sustainable development policy framework. In doing this, CIC aimed to bring together the full suite of relevant policy instruments, strengthen the clarity of requirements and associated roles and responsibilities, and enhance effective monitoring and support to enable CIC to continue fulfilling its commitments.