"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". This 1983 World Commission on Environment and Development definition was also adopted in Canada’s Federal Sustainable Development Act passed in Parliament in June 2008.
Sustainable development is about achieving and maintaining a healthy natural and built environment, a vibrant and just society, and a well-functioning economy for both present and future generations.
The Government of Canada is looking for input from Canadians on the draft second cycle of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS), covering the period 2013 to 2016. Canadians are encouraged to submit comments before June 14, 2013 on the advancement of federal sustainable development initiatives by visiting Environment Canada’s website.