The Sustainable Development Act
The Sustainable Development Act, assented to on April 19, 2006, aims to implement a new management framework for all Québec government ministries, agencies and corporations. This common framework allows them to better incorporate research into sustainable development when exercising their powers and discharging their responsibilities.
The Act gives Québec its own definition of sustainable development and sets out 16 principles that the public service must take into account in its actions. It sets markers for realizing a government strategy of sustainable development that stems from a perspective, and is centred on, objectives that foster the consideration of the environmental (living surroundings), social (lifestyle) and economic (standards of living) aspects of development.
Finally, the Act empowers the ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs to coordinate government action and promote sustainable development within the government and throughout Québec society.