Departmental Plan 2018-2019 - Supplementary Information Tables

2018–19 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

April 2018

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Although the CRTC is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the CRTC adheres to the principles of the FSDS by implementing the Policy on Green Procurement.

The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada’s effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, the CRTC supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the actions described in the “FSDS goal: low-carbon government” table in section 2, below.

2. Commitments for the CRTC

FSDS goal: low-carbon government
FSDS target FSDS contributing action Corresponding departmental action(s) Starting points where available and performance indicators for departmental actions Programs where the departmental actions will occur
Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve it by 2025. Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement. Require procurement and material management specialists to complete the most current Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course. Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and/or materiel management who have completed training on green procurement (C215) or equivalent. Internal Services 100% (3)
Implement the best practice of requiring acquisition card users to take training in green procurement. Percentage and number of acquisition cardholders trained on green procurement.

Internal Services Ensure that acquisition cardholders complete the Green Procurement training

Current: 0% (0)

Target: 80% (27)

3. Integrating sustainable development

In addition to the departmental actions listed in the above table, the CRTC continues to implement environmentally conscious strategies and best practices to reduce the carbon footprint of the CRTC. Below are examples of implementation strategies and best practices that are in place.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) goals and targets. The results of these SEAs are made public when an initiative is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that when there are environmental effects, including impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program that they have been appropriately considered during proposal development and decision making. The CRTC is an administrative tribunal that regulates and supervises Canadian broadcasting, and telecommunications in the public interest, as well as contributes to protecting Canadians from unsolicited communications. Given its mandate, the CRTC does not have plans, programs or policies subject to strategic environmental assessments.

Gender-Based Analysis Plus

The Government of Canada defines the term “gender-based analysis plus” (GBA+) as an analytical approach used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and gender-diverse people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. The “plus” in GBA+ acknowledges that the gender-based analysis goes beyond biological (sex) and socio-cultural (gender) differences. We all have multiple identity factors that intersect to make us who we are; GBA+ considers many other identity factors, such as race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability.

The table below sets out general information about the status of the CRTC’s GBA+ implementation plan.

General information

Governance structures

Governance of the organization’s GBA+ implementation plan

Not applicable: the Agency does not have a GBA+ implementation plan.

GBA+ is part the agency’s decision-making processes. For example, the Broadcasting Act indicates that the Canadian broadcasting system should “through its programming and the employment opportunities arising out of its operations, serve the needs and interests, and reflect the circumstances and aspirations, of Canadian men, women and children, including equal rights, the linguistic duality and multicultural and multiracial nature of Canadian society and the special place of aboriginal peoples within that society.”

The CRTC is considering options to separately account for, monitor and/or report on GBA+ across the agency.

Human resources

Planned FTEs that will be dedicated to GBA+ implementation in 2018-19

Not applicable: The CRTC does not plan to assign dedicate full-time equivalents (FTEs) to GBA+ implementation in 2018-19. 

Planned initiatives

Major initiatives where GBA+ will be applied and monitored in 2018-19

Not applicable: The CRTC is not planning to apply GBA+ explicitly to its major initiatives in 2018-19 and will continue to abide by all the requirements of its legislative mandate.

Some of the CRTC’s planned initiatives reflect the application of GBA+ in some respects:

  • In the CRTC’s 2017 group-based TV licensing decision, it was determined that the CRTC will host an event on the role of women in production, with particular emphasis on increasing women’s access to key positions within the creative and production sectors.
  • In 2018-19, the CRTC expects to do the following:
    • Review its Indigenous radio policy framework to ensure it reflects the realities of radio stations serving Indigenous peoples in Canada;
    • Issue decisions on a number of existing and potential new TV services to be carried on a mandatory basis by all broadcasting distributors, including a new multilingual, multi-ethnic channel;
    • Decide whether or not to undertake a review of diversity in the Canadian broadcasting industry;
    • Launch a public consultation on the accuracy of closed captioning for live English-language TV programming, for the benefit of persons who are Deaf or hearing-impaired;
    • Work with stakeholders, as necessary, to enhance the CRTC’s and communications industries’ efforts to engage with and inform Canadians with disabilities of the services and products available to them and where necessary take regulatory action.

(Since it established its 2009 policy on accessibility of telecommunications and broadcasting services, the CRTC has made additional strides in increasing the accessibility of communications services for persons with disabilities, including, but not limited to, the development of quality standards for closed captioning and the launch of IP Relay, VRS, and Text with 9-1-1.)

(Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) programs

The CRTC participates in WCT programs that seek to empower women as leaders and contributors to Canada’s digital economy:

  • The Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program for Young Women in Science and Technology: This program aims to inspire women engineers, researchers, scientists, computer scientists and electrical engineers to move forward in science and technology fields, and to eventually transition into scientific and management leadership in the Canadian science and technology fields.
  • The Jeanne Sauvé Career Development Program: This program is open to women on management track in government communications policy and the communications and technology sectors. Its two-week rotation offers new perspectives, insights and direct access to industry, public policy and regulatory decision makers.)

(The Broadcasting Act

The Broadcasting Act is one of the enabling instruments of the CRTC. It requires the CRTC to help ensure that the Canadian broadcasting system:

  • Reflects the circumstances and aspirations of Canadians via programing (i.e., on screen) and employment opportunities arising from broadcasting system operations (i.e., behind the camera); and
  • Serves the needs and interests of Canadians. As set out in the Broadcasting Act, meeting these requires consideration of the following:
    • Equal rights for women
    • Linguistic duality
    • The multicultural and multiracial nature of Canadian society
    • Indigenous Canadians
    • Access to broadcasting content by Canadians with disabilities

The CRTC’s “Ethnic Broadcasting Policy” (1999) and “Native Broadcasting Policy” (1990), for example, take these considerations into account. )

Planned evaluation coverage over the next five fiscal years

Planned evaluation coverage, 2018–19 to 2022–23

Last evaluation Evaluations planned in the next 5 years Fiscal year of approval 2018–19 Program spending covered by the planned evaluation (dollars) 2018–19 Program spending covered by all planned evaluations (dollars) 2018–19 Total program spending (dollars)
Support for Canadian content creation Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Connection to the communications system Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Protection within the communications system Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Total Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

Note: all references to program spending refer to planned spending for the 2018–19 fiscal year only and not cumulative spending over 5 years.

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