About Canada and the Sustainable Development Goals

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

On January 1, 2016, the world officially began implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the United Nations' (UN) transformative plan of action that addresses urgent global challenges over the next 15 years. This plan is based upon 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 169 targets and 244 indicators.

The Government of Canada is committed to reporting on these goals using robust data. On this portal you will find official data for the indicators and the associated metadata. Additionally, we will be releasing a publication that will highlight some of the information on each of the goals.

We invite you to select each of the goals to see Canada's data and to stay tuned to this page for new information.

The Canadian Indicator Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals

To support Canada's domestic implementation of the SDGs that the Government of Canada has committed to, a national strategy (Moving forward together: Canada's 2030 Agenda National Strategy) has been developed. Development of a Canada specific indicator framework is an opportunity to elaborate a set of indicators that aligns more closely with Canada's domestic priorities related to sustainable development.

The Canadian Indicator Framework (CIF) for the Sustainable Development Goals encompasses the 17 goals, and adds 31 Canadian Ambitions which have been elaborated by federal departments. In order to report on these Ambitions, Statistics Canada has developed 76 indicators that monitor progress on the National Ambitions and targets. The CIF lays the foundation for Canada to track and report on its progress on the 17 SDGs in the Canadian context.

In the spirit of collaboration fostered by the Sustainable Development Goals, the data for the CIF is available through the Canadian Indicator Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals Data Hub which was developed based on a platform created by the international community to facilitate and standardize the dissemination of SDG data.  The Canadian Indicator Framework for the Sustainable Develop Goals Data Hub will be updated regularly to reflect the most currently available data, new features and related analytical products.

Statistics Canada and the Sustainable Development Goals

Statistics Canada is a trusted producer of high quality, robust, impartial statistical information to support SDGs and is committed to continuing its work in building and strengthening its partnerships with government departments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations. We have been actively engaged internationally and domestically to support the measurement of SDGs.

Statistics Canada is interested in developing partnerships with other data producers. If you have sustainable development goals-related data and are interested in partnering with Statistics Canada as part of this project, please contact statcan.sdg-odd.statcan@canada.ca.

Brochure: Statistics Canada and the Sustainable Development Goals

Brochure: Statistics Canada and the Sustainable Development Goals

Meeting of the UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicator

On March 28-31, 2017, Statistics Canada hosted participants from 34 countries at the fifth meeting of the United Nations Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) in Ottawa, Canada. Participants discuss the importance of collaborating and coordinating efforts between both statistical offices and countries, as well as the valuable work done by Statistics Canada.

Video: Meeting of the UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators

Video: Meeting of the UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators

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