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Sustainable Development Goal fact sheets: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Released: 2020-10-20

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a blueprint for improving outcomes in the economy, in society and for the environment.

At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The goals are underpinned by a framework of indicators that allow Canada and other countries to monitor and report on progress. They cover a broad range of social, environmental and economic issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, social equality, innovation, climate change, biodiversity and justice, with a focus on the most vulnerable and a commitment to "leave no one behind."

Statistics Canada has developed and published an online portal, the SDG Data Hub, which reports on many of the global indicators using data sourced, not only from Statistics Canada, but also from other government and non-government organizations. Domestically, Statistics Canada is involved in ongoing work to help develop a Canadian Indicator Framework (CIF), a refined set of indicators established to measure and report on national data for the SDGs, in a way that aligns more closely with Canada's domestic priorities and realities.

This release highlights a series of 17 fact sheets, one for each of the SDGs, which focus on Canadian results.

The fact sheets include short, focused information and statistics relating to each SDG and its underlying indicators. The data presented are a mixture of information from the Global Indicator Framework and the current iteration of the CIF. A community spotlight has also been included in each, to feature work being done by Canada's non-profit organizations and charities.

As 2030 approaches, Statistics Canada, in collaboration with key partners and stakeholders, will continue to play a critical role in ensuring that policy makers, civil society, the private sector and Canadians have high-quality information to monitor Canada's data for the SDG indicators. The key to success in measuring Canada's trajectory towards the SDGs will be to remain focused on the use of statistically robust data.

Sustainable Development Goals

On January 1, 2016, the world officially began implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—the United Nations' transformative plan of action that addresses urgent global challenges over the next 15 years. The plan is based on 17 specific sustainable development goals.

The Sustainable Development Goal fact sheets are an example of how Statistics Canada supports the reporting on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This release will be used in helping to measure the following goals:

  Note to readers

Statistics Canada recognizes the important impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the environment, the economy and the Canadian population. Although data in the fact sheets do not reflect these impacts, analytical publications and products on this topic can be found through Statistics Canada's COVID-19: A Data Perspective portal.


A set of 17 new fact sheets is now available as part of the publication Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Report (Catalogue number11-637-X).

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For more information, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Christine Poon (

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