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Table 2: Sustainable Development Strategy

SDS Departmental Goal

To promote the full and meaningful application of a results-oriented federal environmental assessment framework.

Federal SD Goal Including Greening Government Operations (GGO) Goals

Governance for Sustainable Development: Federal SD Goal VI

Performance Measure from Current SDS Department's Expected Results for 2009-2010
Improved understanding of how the various components of an effective and efficient environmental assessment framework should work together, and of the strengths and weaknesses of the current framework in supporting integrated decision making Contributions towards the advancement of the science and practice of strategic environmental assessment and of regional-scale environmental assessment (consistent with Agency Operational Priorities 1, 2 and 3*)
A timelier, coordinated, and consistent approach to the environmental assessment process of major projects is applied Promotion and implementation of initiatives that improve the coordination among stakeholders in federal project environmental assessments (consistent with Agency Operational Priorities 1 and 2*)
Improved knowledge across government of how to engage the public, including Aboriginal groups, in high-quality environmental assessments Continued work towards building knowledge and capacity internally and throughout the federal government in the area of public and Aboriginal groups' engagement in environmental assessments (consistent with Agency Operational Priorities 1, 2 and 3*)
Regular and consistent training in sustainable development tools for planners and analysts across the Government of Canada Collaboration with other federal departments and agencies to increase awareness and application of the principles of sustainable development and the sustainable development tools (consistent with Agency Operational Priorities 1, 2 and 3*)
Identification of areas requiring improvement in the application of the Cabinet Directive and the Act Completion of the evaluation on the effectiveness of the SEA and project environmental assessment processes (consistent with Agency Operational Priorities 1, 2 and 3*)
Identification of opportunities to better integrate the project review process across jurisdictions Continuing examination of how the Agency can move toward better integration of the project review process at the national level (consistent with Agency Operational Priorities 1 and 2*)
Themes of research and development reflect issues and needs addressed in the Agency's sustainable development strategies Encouragement of research areas consistent with, and supportive of, the goals and objectives set out in the Agency's sustainable development strategies (consistent with Agency Operational Priorities 1 and 3*)

* In this table, the Agency's operational priorities 1, 2 and 3 refer to the following:

  1. Build a Framework for More Integrated Environmental Assessment
  2. Play Active Leadership Role in Federal Environmental Assessment
  3. Build Capacity and Organization to Deliver on Existing and New Responsibilities

For additional information on how the 'Performance Measures from current Sustainable Development Strategies' and its associated 'Departmental Expected Results' were derived, please refer to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's 2007-2009 Sustainable Development Strategy (