Departmental Plan 2019-2020 - Supplementary Information Tables
2019–20 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
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 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (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.
2. Commitments for the CRTC
|FSDS target||FSDS contributing action||Corresponding departmental action(s)||Support for UN Sustainable Development Goal target||Starting point(s), target(s) and performance indicator(s) for departmental actions||Link to the department’s Program Inventory|
|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.||The CRTC bought a hybrid vehicle to replace its existing gas only vehicle. Delivery is scheduled February 2019.||Not applicable||Not applicable||Internal Services|
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.
- Toner cartridges recycled at end of life
- Encourage employees and co-workers to bike, walk or take public transit to work or to telework
- Maximize the use of video and teleconference services for internal and external meetings including the participation of Canadians in our public hearings
- Turn off computers and other equipment at the end of your work day
- Multifunctional printers are programmed to print, by default, on both sides in order to reduce the volume of paper.
- Implement "one device per user" where each employee uses one primary source of technology, such as a laptop or tablet
- Automation and elimination of paper-based processes
- Reduce, consolidate and modernize IT infrastructure and server room equipment and processes to maximize efficiencies and reduce power consumption
- Participate in the Computers for Schools program which provides a second life to computers
- Disposal of furniture and materials (metal and plexiglass) is done through Buyandsell.gc.ca prior to landfill disposal.
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.
Not applicable: The CRTC does not have a formal GBA+ implementation plan.
GBA+ is part of the CRTC’s decision-making processes. All regulatory policies and decisions are made via public processes that are open to all Canadians and these take into consideration GBA+ matters that are put forward by individuals and stakeholders. In addition, GBA+ considerations are built in to the CRTC’s legislative mandate. The Broadcasting Act specifically requires 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.”
Not applicable: The CRTC does not plan to assign dedicated full-time equivalents (FTEs) exclusively to GBA+ implementation in 2019-20.
Many Human Resources program initiatives will directly support the CRTC’s inclusion and diversity agenda. These activities will include examination of the effects and potential unintended impacts of existing policies, programs and initiatives on the diverse groups within our workforce. More specifically:
|Planned initiatives||The CRTC will apply GBA+ considerations to the following initiatives in 2019-20:
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, video relay service (VRS, which enables people who use sign language to communicate with voice telephone users), and Text with 9-1-1. This work will continue in 2019-2020 with the following:
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 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:
The CRTC’s “Ethnic Broadcasting Policy” (1999) and “Native Broadcasting Policy” (1990), for example, also take into account certain GBA+ considerations.
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