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ISED's Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy 2023 to 2027 (DSDS) describes the department's plans for advancing goals and targets within the broader 2022 to 2026 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals over the next four years.

The most common definition of sustainable development is "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," which comes from the United Nations study that first brought this issue to the world's attention (Our Common Future, The World Commission on Environment and Development — Brundtland Commission, 1987). It is an approach to growth that considers the impacts of policies, programs and operations on economic prosperity, environmental quality and social well-being.

The 2020 Speech from the Throne highlights clean growth as a Government of Canada priority. The COVID-19 pandemic generated a global health crisis and an unprecedented economic shock, with profound impacts on Canadian households, communities and businesses. In its response to the pandemic, ISED recognizes the need to advance an economic recovery that leaves no Canadian behind and that accelerates the transition to a prosperous, low-carbon and circular economy.

You can also consult ISED's past Sustainable Development Strategies.

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