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Sustainable Development

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"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 ActExternal Link 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 Principles of Sustainable Development

  • Effective, responsible and equitable use of human, natural and economic resources.
  • Long-term thinking to maintain quality of life for present and future generations.
  • Understanding the impacts of decisions on a local and global scale.
  • Integrated and innovative approaches to decision-making and the way PHAC conducts its business.

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