Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Report, 2020
Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Release date: October 20, 2020

Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Description: Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities

Canadians living in areas where ambient air quality standards are met increased from 60% in 2007 to 70% in 2015

Source : Environment and Climate Change Canada, Achieving a Sustainable Future: Progress report on the 2016 to 2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, 2018.

9.3 million tonnes of waste was diverted from a landfill in 2016

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Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Type of diverted waste (appearing as row headers), Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Type of diverted waste Percentage
Paper fibre 39
Organics 28
Other 25
Plastics or glass 8

In 2016, 52% of this diverted waste came from residential sources

Sources : Statistics Canada, tables 38-10-0033-01 and 38-10-0034-01.

1.7 million households were in core housing need in 2016

For over 90% of them, affordability was an issue

Note: A household in core housing need is one whose dwelling is considered unsuitable, inadequate or unaffordable and whose income levels are such that they could not afford alternative suitable and adequate housing in their community.

Source : Statistics Canada, Core housing need, 2016 Census.

Homelessness in Canada

In 2016, an estimated 129,127 individuals accessed an emergency shelter

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This table displays the results of Table 1 Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Women 30
Men 70

Source : Employment and Social Development Canada, Highlights of the National Shelter Study 2005 to 2016.

Community Spotlight

Ecotrust Canada is a registered charity that works to build the capacity of communities, First Nations and entrepreneurs to participate in an economy where social, cultural and environmental interests are at the center of decision-making. Their focus is on rural regions and Indigenous communities that depend on renewable resources and natural ecosystems for their economic, social, and cultural sustainability. In 2018, they developed a successful pilot project in partnership with Heiltsuk Tribal Council in Bella Bella, BC, where diesel furnaces in 40 on-reserve homes were switched to electric heat pumps powered by nearby hydropower. 

Source: Ecotrust Canada

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