The vision set out in The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is bold and full of potential. In September 2015, Canada and 192 other United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a historic commitment that embraced a common vision and blueprint for a sustainable future. The 2030 Agenda is a 15-year global framework centred on a diverse set of 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with 169 targets and 232 individual indicators. The SDGs acknowledge that sustainable development needs to happen everywhere and that inequality exists within all communities. The SDGs are focused on community-level actions, to be implemented by all nations to ensure no one is left behind. The Goals are a call to action and every one of us has a role to play for a more sustainable future.

In 2020, CFC released a Guidebook and Toolkit, introducing community foundation work and the SDGs. This new series of fact sheets provides a deep dive into each individual SDG, explore how it relates to Canada’s communities, key terminology, case studies, practical implications for grantmaking, and further resources.

Community foundations are as unique as the communities they serve, and the approaches chosen to align with the SDGs will also be unique to each community foundation. These individual fact sheets present local examples and interpretations of new policies and programs that impact work on the SDGs in Canada.