“Strength in Diversity & Partnership: Community Perspectives on a National SDG Strategy”
With funding from the Government of Canada, OCIC engaged with diverse communities and stakeholders in Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy by identifying priorities in specific Diaspora, Disability-Inclusion and Indigenous communities, and exploring how the strategy might contribute to their achievement.
In addition, OCIC’s “Strength in Diversity & Partnership” project seeks to identify ways that specific cultural/scientific institutions and non-formal education organizations in Ontario may likewise contribute to public engagement and achievement of Agenda 2030 priorities.
Our aim in engaging with each of these stakeholder groups is to identify how they can contribute to the national strategy, and to explore how a national strategy can enable their work.
The National Strategy will set the foundation for developing a Canadian Indicator Framework so that Canada can track and report on progress using indicators adapted to the Canadian context and reality, building on existing Canadian data.”
- OCIC partnered with members of diverse communities to engage 27 organizations, 22 key informants and 148 individuals between March and April 2019. This report includes 43 recommendations to inform Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy and approach to implementation.
- There continues to be a lack of awareness on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ongoing awareness raising efforts are needed, including by working in partnership with diverse communities, cultural and scientific institutions, civil society organizations, and formal and non-formal education institutions.
- Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy should be informed by local priorities and address the needs of diverse communities, including those most at risk of being left behind.
- Canada’s whole-of-society approach to 2030 Agenda implementation should be community-led, supported by efforts to enable local contributions to sustainable development.
- Participants in OCIC supported consultations are eager to build on their engagement in the consultation process by maintaining new connections and exploring opportunities to build community and collaboration around the 2030 Agenda.
Canada and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
In September 2015, Canada joined Members States of the United Nations in adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a vision for realizing progress on economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. The Agenda 2030 also includes a range of transformative elements, namely a focus on leaving no one behind and promoting human rights and dignity; realizing progress within planetary boundaries and with respect for intergenerational equity; inclusivity, solidarity and participation; and transparency and accountability.
Following its presentation of progress on the Agenda 2030 to the United Nations in 2018, the Canadian government has launched a consultation process to develop Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy, including through the use of an online engagement platform. In addition to the online engagement platform, the SDG Unit, housed at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), is supporting a range of organizations to carry out consultations, in addition to its own consultation process.
On June 28, 2019, an interim document titled “Towards Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy“ was published by the Employment and Social Development Canada as a result of the consultation efforts. The document serves as the basis to highlight commitments, action items and initiatives being undertaken towards the SDGs and to further the development of the Canadian Indicator Framework and priorities.
Action items and brief summaries are provided in five focus areas to be covered in the forthcoming National Strategy:
- Leadership, governance and policy coherence
- Awareness, engagement and partnership
- Accountability, transparency and reporting
- Reconciliation and the 2030 Agenda
- Investing in the SDG
OCIC Consultation Reports
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- Strength in Diversity & Partnership: Community Perspectives on Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy
- Canada’s Agenda 2030 National Strategy: First Nations in northern Ontario Consultation
|CONSULTATION SURVEY (CLOSED)||—||Online||Open to all||Fill out the survey||—|
|March 26-28, 2019||Full day||Thunder Bay||Indigenous communities||Invite-only||Nishnawbe Aski Nation, +city lab|
|April 2-6, 2019||Full day||Eabametoong First Nation||Indigenous communities||Invite-only||Eabametoong First Nation, +city lab|
|April 11, 2019||9AM – 12:30PM||CSI Regent Park||This is an Open Consultation focusing on non-formal education, scientific and arts organizations, social enterprises and NGOs (see details below)||RSVP here||—|
|April 14, 2019||10AM – 1PM||Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (Room TBD)||Diaspora communities||Please contact Lamia Naji at email@example.com to express your interest||Lamia Naji|
|April 16, 2019||1-3PM||Centre for Independent Living CILT, Toronto||Disability-inclusion communities||Please contact Christine Zannier at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest||Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians|
|April 16, 2019||6-8PM||Online (Virtual focus group consultation)||Disability-inclusion communities||Please contact Christine Zannier at email@example.com to express your interest||Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians|
|April 17, 2019||6:30-8PM||Online (Virtual focus group consultation)||Youth & Youth-led groups||RSVP here|
|April 18, 2019||TIME CHANGED
9:30 – 12:30PM
|Carlton University, Ottawa||Diaspora communities||Please contact Lamia Naji at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest||Lamia Naji|
|April 18, 2019||9-11:30AM||YWCA, Toronto||Community builders, educators, and human rights advocates||RSVP here|
More consultations will be announced and held over the month of April 2019.
Read our Participants Kit to learn more about Agenda 2030 and the consultation framework.
Cannot attend our consultations? You are invited to contribute to OCIC’s Consultations for Canada’s Agenda 2030 National Strategy by completing this survey as an individual or on behalf of your community or organization. Through this survey, you will help us better understand how you would like to engage with Canada’s Agenda 2030 National Strategy and how the Strategy could strengthen your work. This survey is open to everyone and allows edits after submitting.
- OCIC Strategic Plan
- OCIC Cultural Communities for Sustainable Development Consultation in 2015
- Alliance 2030
- ESDC – SDG Unit website Online consultation platform
- Press Release on the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (Government of Canada)
- About the Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations)
This project is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada