Gender-Based Analysis Plus: general information  — Departmental Plan 2019-2020


To ensure that GBA+ is integrated in the Department’s decision-making processes, the Department created a GBA+ Responsibility Centre, located within Strategic Policy and International Affairs, and a Community of Practice, characterized by representation from every branch and corporate areas, for the past two fiscal years.

To improve organizational capacity and ensure that GBA+ is integrated into departmental decision-making processes during the 2017-18 fiscal year, Canadian Heritage developed a GBA+ work plan that covers the following five areas:

  • Mainstreaming GBA+ into the Policy cycle and corporate activities;
  • Developing Institutional capacity
  • Training across Departmental Business lines
  • Strengthening Data Collection, Research and Evaluation

The Department's existing Senior Management and Governance Committees will be used to review work plan progress and assess the extent to which GBA+ is included in decision-making within the Department.      

Human resources

  • Equivalent of 2 FTEs work in the GBA+ Responsibility Centre.
  • 47 departmental GBA+ focal points – branch representatives.

Planned initiatives

Here are the corporate initiatives underway to respond to the Government-wide call for action on Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+):

The Department has initiated a coordinated policy, planning and research approach to examine GBA+ from a variety of perspectives, including policy considerations, budget requests, data availability, and reporting opportunities.

The Department’s GBA+ Responsibility Centre will continue to ensure that GBA+ is adequately considered in new policy proposals to Cabinet and funding requests within the Budget process. It will continue running its community of practice that includes representatives from all branches of the Department.  

The Department also celebrated the first Gender Equality Week in Canada during the week of September 24, 2018, which was characterized by four discussions covering topics such as Gender Equality in Sports, Gender Budgeting and Equality in the Workplace.

During Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) Awareness Week, Canadian Heritage was the first Department to celebrate this annual event over a period of six working days.  Experts from inside and outside of government were invited to discuss GBA+ and its linkages to gender and sexual diversity, mental health, and gender equality.  The Department also supported Status of Women Canada’s first GBA+ National Forum by serving on its program advisory committee, sending departmental representatives, and broadcasting the two-day event by webcast.  GBA+ Awareness Week culminated in an open format coffee-discussion between the Deputy Ministers and employees on the relevance of GBA+ to the Department’s mandate.

On November 27th 2018, Canadian Heritage launched the “Gender Equity Survey” to assess the current environment in the Department in terms of gender equity and respect in the workplace.

Over several months, other tools such as panel discussions, training sessions and discussion groups will be made available based in part on the results of this survey. Canadian Heritage employees can also use the GBA+ Helper, a comprehensive tool to help program and policy officers think through diverse identity factors.

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