2014–15 Departmental Performance Report
Supplementary Information Tables

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013–16 presents the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. In keeping with the objectives of the Act to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, Justice Canada supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy presents the results for Theme IV – Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government.

Target 7.2: Green Procurement

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

Performance Measurement

Expected result

Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place (as of April 1, 2014).

Planned completion date: March 31, 2015

Performance Status: Achieved

Justice Canada's approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement was in place as of April 2014. The approach was set out in each of the Department's commitments to green procurement as detailed in the Department's Report on Plans and Priorities for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.

Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in the given fiscal year.

Targeted Performance Level: 100%

Performance Status: Achieved

In Fiscal Year 2014-2015, 26 (100%) of Justice Canada's procurement and materiel management functional specialists completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent prior to March 31, 2015.

Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in the given fiscal year.

Number: 25 of a total number of 28

Percentage: 89%

Targeted Performance Level: 100%

Performance Status: Requires Attention

In Fiscal Year 2014-2015, at Justice Canada 25 (89%) of 28 managers and functional heads of procurement and/or materiel management had support and contribution to green procurement included in their performance agreements and evaluations.

Departmental green procurement target

Departmental green procurement target 1:

By March 31, 2017, 70% of chairs and panels purchases will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition and/or disposal of the furniture

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value or volume of chairs and panels purchased through a contract awarded by Accommodations and Contracting Officers that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or volume of all chairs and panels purchases for the year in question.

Performance level achieved: 70%

Targeted Performance Level: 30% by March 31, 2015

Performance Status: Achieved

By March 31, 2015, 70% of chairs and panels purchased through contracts awarded by Justice Canada Accommodations and Contracting Officers were environmentally-preferred models.

Departmental green procurement target 2:

By March 31, 2017, 100% of copy paper purchased through the Standing Offers (SO) will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content, as well as meet or exceed the criteria established in the EcoLogo CCD-077 standard for paper, or equivalent.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value or volume of copy paper that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or volume of all copy paper purchases in the year in question.

Targeted Performance Level: 100% by March 31, 2017

Performance Status: Achieved

During Fiscal Year 2014-2015, 100% of all paper purchased through Public Works and Government Services Canada's National Master Standing Offer for paper contained a minimum of 30% or more recycled content.

Departmental green procurement target 3

By March 31, 2017, 50% of office supply purchases will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the supplies.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value or volume of office supply purchased from the Standing Offer that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or volume of all office supply purchases in the year in question.

Targeted Performance Level: 20% by March 31, 2015

Performance Status: Achieved

During Fiscal Year 2014-2015, 25% of office supplies Justice Canada purchased through Public Works and Government Services Canada's National Master Standing Offer for office supplies met the criteria of reducing the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the supplies.

Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
Use Public Works and Government and Government Services common use procurement instruments where available and feasible.

Performance Status: Achieved

During Fiscal Year 2014-2015, where available and feasible Justice Canada's contracting officers consistently used Public Works and Government Services Canada's common-use online procurement instruments for all their contracting requirements.

Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations

As of April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Expected result

Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.

Planned completion date: March 31, 2015

The Justice Canada Sustainable Development Strategy 2014-2017 was approved in January 2014. It includes the Department's approach for reducing the impact of its operations on the environment in order to maintain or improve sustainability of its workplace.

Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
Engage employees in greening government operations practices.

Performance Status: Achieved

In July 2014, Justice Canada's Sustainable Development Engagement Strategy 2014-2017 was approved. The strategy is based on Theme IV of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy: Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government.

Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (i.e., printer ratios, paper usage, and green meetings).

Performance Status: Achieved

In Fiscal Year 2014-2015, Justice Canada maintained existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (i.e., printer ratios, paper usage, and green meetings) by:

  • Achieving an 8.7 national printing-unit-to-office-employee ratio.
  • Purchasing 8% less paper through Public Works and Government Services Canada's National Master Standing Offer for paper than Fiscal Year 2013–2014.
  • Promoting Green Meeting through various communications products (e.g. JustInfo articles, Green Meeting Guide).
Minimize the ratio of information technology (IT) assets per employee.

Performance Status: Achieved

In Fiscal Year 2014-2015, Justice Canada realized progress in its goal to minimize the ratio of information technology assets per employee.  More than 3,000 (95%) Justice Canada employees (excluding those working in Legal Services Units in other federal government departments or agencies) conformed to the Department's policy of one laptop/desktop or tablet per user. By participating in Shared Services Canada's Cost Effective Telephone Service, the Department reduced the number employees who had two telephones by 616.

Select and operate IT and office equipment in a manner that reduces energy consumption and material usage.

Performance Status: Achieved

During Fiscal Year 2014-2015, Justice Canada selected and operated office equipment in a manner that reduced energy and material usage through the implementation of the following strategies:

  • Computing equipment was only purchased through Public Works and Government Services Canada's National Master Standing Offer for computing equipment which requires energy efficient products.
  • By providing laptops as the only computer device to 70% of employees (excluding those working in Legal Services Units in other federal government departments or agencies), the Department realized a 35% reduction in PC-related power consumption.
Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner.

Performance Status: Achieved

In Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the Justice Canada Guide on the Management of E-Waste was developed and approved. The Department disposed of E-Waste at headquarters and in the regions in an environmentally sound and secure manner. The Department continued to monitor its E-waste disposal processes and strategies.

Reuse or recycle workplace materiel and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner.

Performance Status: Achieved

In Fiscal Year 2014–2015, Justice Canada effectively reused or recycled workplace materiel and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner by participating in a combination of government and private sector recycling programs including the Call@recycle program and GCSurplus to recycle items such as batteries, toner cartridges and office furniture.

Increase the population density in office buildings, and increase space utilization in special purpose buildings.

Performance Status: Achieved

In Fiscal Year 2014–2015, Justice Canada continued to align to Public Works and Government Services' Workplace 2.0 standards. Upon renewal of the Department's leases, and where densification was feasible, Justice Canada realized gains in population density in office buildings, and increased space utilization in special purpose buildings.

6. Sustainable Development Management System

Justice Canada strives to ensure that Canadians have an accessible, fair and effective system of justice that reflects Canadian values, through the development and management of policies and programs aligned with sustainable development principles and practices. 

As part of its mandate, the Department provides the Canadian Federal Government with legal advice and services that consider sustainable development principles. This role includes developing policy and programs, preparing legislative and regulatory instruments, and supporting regulatory enforcement. In general, responsibilities for sustainable development at Justice Canada are organized around the three principal priority areas of the Department's Program Alignment Architecture—Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework; Legal Services to Government Programs; and Internal Services.

The Federal Sustainable Development Act 2008states that "the Government of Canada accepts the basic principle that sustainable development is based on an ecologically efficient use of natural, social and economic resources."  Justice Canada supports the three sustainable development pillars—environmental, social, and economic. Environmental considerations are included in our operational decisions, more specifically by supporting Theme IV of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy: Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government. This is achieved through the Department's Sustainable Development Strategy and related implementation plans, comprised of targets linked to environmental performance considerations related to the procurement of goods and services, as well as the operations of our workplace. The social pillar is supported, for example, through our work on access to justice and gender-based analysis, along with the active, employee-led network called JustVolunteering. Finally, the economic pillar is supported through our commitment to deliver legal services—whether that be legislation, litigation or advisory work—in the most effective, efficient and innovative way possible.

7. Strategic Environmental Assessment

Departments are responsible for reporting on the extent and results of their strategic environmental assessment practices in their Departmental Performance Report. This reporting should include a description of how plans, programs and policies subject to strategic environmental assessment have affected or are expected to affect progress toward the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy's goals and targets.

Departments may also provide a statement and a hyperlink directing readers to their strategic environmental assessment public statements (e.g., website or press releases), where more specific information would be available about a proposal's important positive and negative environmental effects, any mitigation or enhancement measures, and the affected FSDS goals and targets.

During 2014–2015 reporting cycle, Justice Canada considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision–making processes. Through the strategic environmental assessment process, no departmental/agency proposals were found to have an impact on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2013-2016 goals and targets in Theme I – Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality; Theme II – Maintaining Water Quality and Availability; Theme III – Protecting Nature and Canadians; and Theme IV – Shrinking the Environmental Footprint Beginning with Government. 

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