Listening to Canadians
On December 3, 2018, we released the draft 2019–2022 FSDS for public comment. It built on the 2016–2019 strategy by setting out 13 aspirational goals that reflect the Canada we want. The draft strategy also added targets to reflect new initiatives such as the Greening Government Strategy, and updated short-term milestones with new priorities.
In releasing the draft, we aimed to continue the conversation about sustainable development that we started during the 2016 consultations. This time, we asked for your views on:
- what sustainable development means to you
- your vision for a sustainable Canada
- which sustainable development issues we should prioritize over the next 3 years
- how well our goals align with your sustainable development vision
- how we can continue to address Canada’s sustainable development challenges
- what you’ll do to make a difference over the next 3 years
To enable as many people as possible to participate in the consultations, we provided a variety of ways to comment, including an interactive e-strategy, the online discussion space Get Involved, a series of public webinars highlighting specific goals and aspects of the strategy, and a social media campaign that called on you to:
- Share our posts with your followers
- Help us with your feedback
- Act for the environment
- Report back on your actions
- Evaluate how we are doing, and the results of your own actions
Similar to past consultations, this one showed us that you are passionate and knowledgeable about sustainable development. More than 1000 people engaged in dialogue with us by participating in webinars and presentations. We also received more than 850 total comments, including more than 300 submissions provided through the online version of the strategy, Get Involved, meetings and email, more than 200 social media posts and replies, and more than 190 comments provided as part of a letter-writing campaign on nuclear energy. These comments provided insights, ideas and suggestions that helped us build on past progress and strengthen our strategy. Through all of the communication channels used, we reached more than 250,000 Canadians.
We heard from a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including governments, Indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations, academics, businesses, and individual Canadians. We also heard from the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Advisory Council.