2016-17 Report on Plans and Priorities

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013-16 presents the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, 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 Privy Council Office (PCO) supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

Goal: Waste and Asset Management

Target: Green Procurement

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

Scope and Context

In addition to leveraging the benefits of Public Services and Procurement Canada's (PSPC) green procurement instruments, PCO's strategy for maximizing green procurement includes increasing awareness, providing training for key resources and creating performance measures for managers of procurement and materiel.

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture

  • Internal Services

Performance Measurement

Expected Result

Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.

Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. PCO formalized its departmental approach by developing and releasing a ''Green Procurement Strategy'' in June 2015. The strategy sets forth an action plan to assist in meeting targets. Seeking ''achieved'' status
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2016-17. 100% for 11 employees
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in fiscal year 2016-17. 100% for 3 employees

Departmental Green Procurement Target: Audio-Visual Equipment

Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Dollar value of audio-visual equipment purchases meeting the target relative to total dollar value of all audio-visual equipment purchases in the given year. By March 31, 2017, 90% of purchases of audio-visual equipment will include criterial to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the equipment.

Departmental Green Procurement Target: Imaging Hardware and Consumables

Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Dollar value of imaging hardware purchased that meets the target objective relative to the total dollar value of all imaging hardware purchased in the year in question. By March 31, 2017, 90% of purchases of imaging hardware will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition use and/or disposal of the equipment.

Departmental Green Procurement Target: Copy paper, commercial printing, and/or envelope purchases

Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Dollar value of identified paper purchases meeting the target relative to total dollar value of all identified paper purchases in the given year. By March 31, 2017, 95% of copy paper, commercial printing, and/or envelope purchases will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content and be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production.
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Targeted Performance Level
Leverage common-use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Seeking achieved status
Best Practice
Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.
Seeking achieved status.
Best Practice
Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.
Seeking achieved status

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Consistent with the Government's strong commitment to sustainable development, PCO will consider the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. Throughout the year, it will work with other federal departments and agencies during the development of Cabinet documents to ensure that the Cabinet Directive is fully implemented.


PCO will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. An SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on FSDS goals and targets.


Public statements on the results of PCO's detailed assessment will be made public when an initiative is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that the environmental effects, including the impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program have been considered during proposal development and decision making.