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Table 4: Sustainable Development Strategy

Transport Canada’s Sustainable Development Strategy 2007-2009 responds to key issues and focuses on areas where the department can make a real difference towards achieving sustainable transportation. The department focuses its efforts on three themes: urban transportation; commercial freight transportation; and marine transportation. Key issues and a response plan are developed for each theme and structured around seven strategic challenges:

  1. Encourage Canadians to make more sustainable transportation choices;
  2. Enhance innovation and skills development;
  3. Increase system efficiency and optimize modal choices;
  4. Enhance efficiency of vehicles, fuels and fuelling infrastructure;
  5. Improve performance of carriers and operators;
  6. Improve decision making by governments and the transportation sector; and
  7. Improve management of Transport Canada operations and lands.

For each strategic challenge, Transport Canada outlines commitments, targets and performance measures the department will use to measure success. The table below indicates where the department’s commitments align with broader Federal Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Greening Government Operations Goals.

Federal Sustainable Development Goals Greening of Government Operations Goals
Goal 1 - Water – Clean and secure water for people, marine and freshwater ecosystems.

Goal 2 - Clean Air – Clean air for people to breathe and ecosystems to function well.

Goal 3 - Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Goal 4 - Sustainable Communities – Communities enjoy a prosperous economy, a vibrant and equitable society, and a healthy environment for current and future generations.

Goal 5 - Sustainable development and use of natural resources.

Goal 6 - Strengthen federal governance and decision making to support sustainable development.

Building Energy: To be a leader in the reduction of greenhouse gas and other air emissions through the optimization of energy efficiency and conservation, and the implementation of renewable energy technologies.

Vehicle Fleet: To be a leader in fleet management, so that planning, acquiring, managing and disposing of vehicles minimize negative effects on the environment.

Green Procurement: To be a leader by integrating environmental performance considerations into procurement including planning, acquisition, use and disposal.

Note: This table is only intended to provide an overview of the department’s Expected Results and associated performance measures for 2009-2010. For further information, or to view Transport Canada’s Sustainable Development Strategy in its entirety, please visit:

SDS Departmental Goals:
Federal SD goal, including GGO goals Performance measurement from current SDS Department's expected results for 2009-10
Challenge 1: Encourage Canadians to make more sustainable transportation choices
1.1 Active Transportation
Goal 2 & Goal 3
  • # of provincial/territorial and municipal stakeholders engaged in consultations and strategy development.
  • Strategy development initiated.
  • By 2009/2010, raise the profile of active transportation among provinces/ territories and municipalities through a show of federal support and interest.
  • Subject to results of above targets and available funds, with key partners, initiate development of national active transportation strategy by 2009/2010.
1.2 Transportation Demand Management
Goal 2, Goal 3 & Goal 4
  • # of sustainable urban transportation case studies and issue papers developed.
  • # of learning events and # of attendees.
  • # of national sustainable urban transportation awards.
  • # of electronic newsletters produced and distributed.
  • Take up of transportation demand management strategies in Canada.
  • Development of 15 sustainable urban transportation case studies, issue papers and other information sharing products by 2009/2010.
  • Support for 20 learning events with at least 500 attendees by 2009/2010.
  • Support for 4 national sustainable urban transportation awards by 2009/2010.
  • Development and distribution of six electronic newsletters by 2009/2010.
1.4 Explore Use of Economic Measures
Goal 2, Goal 3 & Goal 6
  • # of consultations conducted.
  • Consult with stakeholders, including motor vehicle industry non-governmental organizations, alternate energy producers and the academic community about design options and administration/implementation issues, ongoing between 2007/2008 and 2009/2010.
Challenge 2: Enhance innovation and skills development
2.1 Skills Development in the Transportation Sector
  • # of jurisdictions that agree to distribute compendium electronically to stakeholders.
  • # of provincial/territorial jurisdictions in regular dialogue with Transport Canada regarding transportation skills development issues.
  • # of teleconference/ meetings with federal/provincial/ territorial jurisdictions to discuss skills development issues.
  • # of roundtables regarding skill and labour force shortages, resulting in the identification of specific solutions.
  • Delivery of recommendations for action to address skills and labour force shortages in specific regions of the country and/or across Canada.
  • Ongoing cooperation with federal-provincial-territorial jurisdictions to produce tools (including a compendium) for transportation stakeholders to use in identifying and implementing strategic responses to skills development challenges.
  • Hold and/or participate in a series of roundtables to identify current and expected skills and labour force shortages in various regions across Canada, and work with public and private sector stakeholders to identify cooperative solutions by 2009/2010.
  • Work with the academic sector and public and private sector organizations to promote the analysis of skills and labour force shortages, to examine the response to these issues in various jurisdictions, and to recommend future action to address these shortages by 2009/2010.
Challenge 3: Increase system efficiency and optimize modal choices
3.1 Intelligent Transportation Systems
Goal 3
  • # of deployment projects funded.
  • # of research and development projects funded.
  • # of agreements signed with partners.
    3.2 Promote Shortsea Shipping
  • Work with partners to build on the successes of previous investments in Intelligent Transportation Systems.
  • Funding to be provided for research, development and deployment projects in each of fiscal years 2007/2008, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010.
3.2 Promote Shortsea Shipping
  • Targeted shortsea shipping initiatives.
  • Completion of studies in key areas of policy, markets, trade, urban transportation and sustainability.
  • Raise the profile of shortsea shipping in North America, ongoing between 2007/2008 and 2009/2010.
  • Enhance understanding of the viability of shortsea shipping, its benefits, and barriers to implementation, ongoing between 2007/2008 and 2009/2010.
Challenge 4: Enhance efficiency of vehicles, fuels and fuelling infrastructure
4.1 Promote Advanced Technology Vehicles
Goal 2 & Goal 3
  • # and type of vehicles and technologies tested with results presented in various report formats.
  • # and type of activities throughout the year.
  • Evaluate the performance of advanced technology vehicles on an annual basis.
  • Conduct activities to raise public awareness on an annual basis that also allows program information to be disseminated.
4.2 Motor Vehicle Fuel Consumption
Goal 2 & Goal 3
  • Timely data collection from all manufacturers.
  • Audit and verification of data.
  • Annual reporting of results.
  • New regulations developed for 2011.
  • Collect, verify and report on fuel consumption of new vehicles, on an annual basis.
  • Maintenance of the Vehicles Fuel Economy Information System database, on an ongoing basis.
  • Develop new regulation, under the Motor Vehicle Fuel Consumption Standards Act.
4.3 Reduction of Emissions from the Rail Industry
Goal 2 & Goal 3
  • Reductions in emissions achieved due to the Memorandum of Understanding.
  • New regulations developed for 2011.
  • Work with the Railway Association of Canada and Environment Canada to fully implement the commitments negotiated under the Memorandum of Understanding, between 2006/2007 and 2009/2010.
  • Develop new regulation, under the Railway Safety Act to take effect following the end of the Memorandum of Understanding in 2010.
Challenge 5: Improve performance of carriers and operators
5.1 Promote Best Practices for Environmental Management in the Transport Sector
Goal 2 & Goal 3
  • Documented success stories and lessons learned.
  • Research outputs leading to practical technological and/or operational improvements.
  • Number of partnerships established to support the fuel efficiency for freight shippers and forwarders.
  • Maintain and build strategic partnerships to help harmonize emission reduction efforts internationally as well as work on domestic and government / industry initiatives to reduce emissions.
  • Work with governments and transportation stakeholders to identify technological and operational opportunities to mitigate environmental impacts from transportation activities.
  • Extend Transport Canada’s partnership with the United States Federal Aviation Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on a Research Center of Excellence entitled Partnership in Air Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction, through to 2009/2010.
  • Facilitate the establishment of strategic partnerships designed to improve fuel efficiency for freight shippers and forwarders, by 2011.
5.2 Marine Sector Pollution Control
Goal 1 Further Examination of Sulphur Emission Control Areas
  • # of areas identified where higher standards are implemented.

Hazardous and Noxious Substances spill response regime

  • International Maritime Organization indication of Canada’s accession to the Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Cooperation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, 2000.

National Aerial Surveillance Program

  • # of pollution patrol hours flown in each Region - per month, per year.
  • # of ship source pollution incidents and # of mystery spills detected - per mission, per month, per year.
  • # of vessels visually observed and # identified by the aircraft’s Automatic Identification System – per hour, per mission, per month, per year.
  • # of prosecutions resulting from National Aerial Surveillance program pollution patrols – per year.
By 2009/2010, undertake:

  • Further Examination of Sulphur Emission Control Areas
    In cooperation with Environment Canada, complete the examination of the merits of establishing Sulphur Emission Control Areas in selected areas of the country and internationally by 2009/2010.
  • Hazardous and Noxious Substances spill response regime
    Take the necessary action to permit Canada to accede to the Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, 2000, starting in 2009/2010.
  • National Aerial Surveillance Program
    Continue to increase the effectiveness of the National Aerial Surveillance Program by increasing the frequency of patrols and expanding surveillance to areas not normally patrolled, such as the Arctic.
Challenge 6: Improve decision-making by governments and the transportation sector
6.1 Transportation Data and Information
Goal 6
  • Identification of the major data gaps and development of a strategy to address them.
  • Continue to lead a centralized effort to organize and improve collection, dissemination and analysis of sustainable transportation information in all modes.
  • Conduct, on a regular basis, assessments to identify most important data gaps with regards to transportation activity and energy use for all modes.
6.3 Funding for Sustainable Development Initiatives
  • # of projects funded and total investment.
  • Results of specific projects, including relevant improvements to environmental quality.
  • Select projects for funding in accordance with established criteria under an internal sustainable development strategy fund of up to $1 million/year for three years for innovative projects that make significant contributions to sustainable transportation.
Challenge 7: Improve management of Transport Canada operations and lands
7.1 Transport Canada Environmental Management System
Goal 1, Goal 3, Goal 4, Goal 5 & Goal 6
  • Building Energy
  • Vehicle Fleet
  • Green Procurement
  • Level of conformance with the Environmental Management System Framework.
  • Implement the Environmental Management System on an ongoing basis, including new targets that focus on priority areas in the department’s operations.
  • Conformance with the Environmental Management System Framework (see Appendix B of the Sustainable Development Strategy) by 2009/2010.
7.2 Pickering Green Space Lands
  • Report prepared detailing priority restoration areas and phasing of work identified.
  • Natural species plantings in place to address stream bank erosion.
  • Implement selected Green Space projects by 2009/2010 that support the Draft Green Space Master Plan and demonstrate environmental stewardship of the Pickering Green Space Lands.
  • Undertake a stream bank erosion study and implement stream bank restoration by 2009/2010.
Part 7: From Words to Work
Goal 6  
  • Highlight key 2007-2009 Sustainable Development Strategy commitments, targets and indicators in the department’s annual Report on Plans and Priorities.
  • Undertake to ensure that accountability accords of those senior managers responsible for implementing specific actions in the strategy reflect their respective 2007-2009 Sustainable Development Strategy commitments.
Goal 6  
  • Continue to hold regular meetings (for the 2007/2008 - 2009/2010 period) of the internal Sustainable Development Strategy Committee to oversee and coordinate implementation of the strategy and provide a forum for sharing sustainable development information and best practices across groups and regions.
Implementation and operation
Goal 6  
  • Undertake efforts to increase employee awareness and understanding of sustainable transportation as well as the department’s environment and sustainable development programs and activities.
Checking and corrective action
Goal 6  
  • A status report on sustainable development commitments, targets and performance measures included in the department’s annual Departmental Performance Report.
  • Produce an annual Sustainable Development Strategy Progress Report supplemental to the departmental performance report. The results of this report will be presented annually to Transport Canada’s senior management committee.
Management review
Goal 6  
  • Conduct a review of its sustainable development strategy every three years.
  • Engage the external National Advisory Group beginning in 2008/2009.