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Federal Sustainable Development Act

Version of section 2 from 2008-06-26 to 2020-11-30:

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this Act.


Commissioner means the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development appointed under subsection 15.1(1) of the Auditor General Act. (commissaire)


Minister means the Minister of the Environment. (ministre)

precautionary principle

precautionary principle means the principle that where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation. (principe de la prudence)


sustainability means the capacity of a thing, action, activity, or process to be maintained indefinitely. (durabilité)

sustainable development

sustainable development means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (développement durable)


target means a measurable objective. (cible)

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