Dalhousie Law Journal


Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, EGSPA, environment, Nova Scotia, sustainability, accountability


The year 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA). The Act is an experiment in improving government performance in promoting sustainable prosperity through the process of setting legislative goals and enhancing accountability This article provides an overview of the Act and an assessment of its performance over these first five years. As such, it supplies the context for the other contributions to the collection of essays on EGSPA in this issue of the Journal. The authors conclude that the Act has had a positive impact on government action on sustainable prosperity and that there is room for improvement, particularly with respect to the overall goal of integrating environmental protection with economic prosperity. The article concludes by offering some recommendations to strengthen the Act.