The Quebec government has launched a public consultation on a new sustainable development strategy that will guide policy over the period 2022-2027. The new strategy will be arriving a year behind schedule. Quebec’s current strategy covers the 2015-2020 period, but it is being extended by a year because of pandemic disruptions.
Preliminary work has been underway for several months, with targeted consultations with non-governmental organizations. Interdepartmental working groups have also been established, and a legislative committee will review the strategy in the summer of 2021.
The pandemic, more specifically the economic recovery from it, will influence the new strategy. In a statement on October 5, 2020, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change Benoit Charette noted how the pandemic has highlighted the impact of our current lifestyle on the environment, and that many voices have been raised calling for a shift to greener, more sustainable practices.
The public consultation focuses on 11 subject areas:
- responsible consumption
- food waste
- green and sustainable economic development
- responsible investment and sustainable finance
- sustainable living environments
- access to nature and well-being
- ecological citizenship
- social solidarity and inclusivity within the context of sustainable development
- sustainable mobility
- the eco-responsible digital transition
- government leadership in matters of eco-responsibility.
The public consultation, in the form of an online survey, is open until October 25, 2020.