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Canada Announces First Canadian Sustainability Disclosure Standards

Canada Announces First Canadian Sustainability Disclosure Standards

Canada Announces First Canadian Sustainability Disclosure Standards
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The Canadian Sustainability Standards Board (CSSB) is proud to announce the release of its first proposed Canadian Sustainability Disclosure Standards (CSDS), marking a significant milestone in advancing sustainability reporting in Canada.

The proposed standards aim to set a new benchmark for the disclosure of sustainability-related information, facilitating a more consistent and comparable approach.

With the release of the first proposed Canadian Sustainability Disclosure Standards, we’re taking a significant step towards ensuring that sustainability is not just a buzzword but a fundamental aspect of our economic fabric,” says Charles-Antoine St-Jean, Chair, CSSB. “Our goal is to empower organizations to not only communicate their sustainability performance effectively but to drive meaningful action towards a more sustainable future for all.

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The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) issued its first standards in June 2023 – IFRS S1, General Requirements for Disclosure of Sustainability-related Financial Information and IFRS S2, Climate-related Disclosures.

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Committed to the global baseline the ISSB established, the CSSB’s proposed CSDS 1 and CSDS 2 align with IFRS S1 and S2 – but with Canadian-specific modifications suggested. Also available for public comment is a paper discussing how the CSSB proposes to introduce changes, if required, to IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards for use in Canada.

Proposed modifications to CSDS 1 and CSDS 2 include Canadian-specific effective dates and transition relief proposals to help with eventual implementation of the standards.

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