Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+)

General information

Institutional GBA+ Capacity

Governance structures

In 2016, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) published the Directive for Integrating the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and Related Resolutions into Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Planning and Operations. It states that the CAF has a responsibility to integrate Government of Canada direction on Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) into is operational planning, conduct of missions, and across its institutions.

The 2017 Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy (SSE) (SSE Initiative 12) requires the Defence team to “Integrate GBA+ in all defence activities across the CAF and the Department of National Defence (DND), from the design and implementation of programs and services that support our personnel, to equipment procurement and operational planning.”

The 2018 Deputy Minister’s (DM) Policy Statement on Diversity and Inclusion requires DND to use GBA+.

A joint CDS/DM Directive on GBA+ and the implementation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Women, Peace and security (WPS) agenda.

Governance Bodies: The Defence Team will be supported by the Director for Gender Equality and Intersectional Analysis (DGEIA), to support the implementation of GBA+ within the Defence Team to advance the UNSC WPS agenda within the DND/CAF institution and in our military operations.

The Executive Director of DGEIA participates in several High-level Corporate Governance Committees, such as Program Management Board, Defence Capabilities Board and Defence Team Human Resource Committee.

Human resources The Defence Team will be supported in FY 2021-22 by:
  • A total of 24 Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) dedicated to the implementation of the WPS agenda and institutionalization of GBA+ within DND/CAF;
  • Three CAF FTE NATO-certified (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Gender Advisors (GENADs) and a Federal Public Service program manager in strategic and operational level Headquarters;
  • GENADs and Gender Focal Points (GFPs) deployed on all expeditionary and domestic CAF named operations;
  • A Network of DND/CAF trained GFPs at all levels; and
  • A Champion for Gender and Diversity, two Champions for WPS, and a Champion for the Modernization of Sex and Gender Information Practices.
Planned initiatives

The Defence Team is continuing efforts to institutionalize the use of GBA+ to inform Defence Team policies, programs and operations. This includes continued capacity development through training, integrating GBA+ requirements into systems and processes, and developing measurement and accountability frameworks.

One example of a key planned initiative where GBA+ will be applied is:

Master real property plans and site development plans.

  • GBA+ was introduced as a lens in real property planning during FY 2020-21, though earlier planning efforts did address certain related aspects. Moving forward, with a formal focus on GBA+ as one of the layers of analysis in real property planning, it is expected that DND infrastructure development will become increasingly inclusive, respecting the needs of everyone and creating a more inviting Defence Team community. Applying GBA+ specifically to master and site planning is a federal government priority. While current efforts tend to concentrate on lighting, security, housing and transportation networks, it is expected that knowledge and experience will continue to evolve and nuance the DND GBA+ approach to site development, it is important that we identify new solutions with partners outside of the Infrastructure and Environment Group to increase the comfort, safety, and accessibility of those who live and work at Defence Team sites.

Government of Canada Gender Results Framework alignment:

Goal: Eliminating gender-based violence and harassment, and promoting security of the person and access to justice.

Highlights of GBA+ Results Reporting Capacity by Program

DND/CAF is not in a position to report on the plans of gender and diversity in relation to programs in the 2021-22 Program Inventory due to the unavailability of information and data collection initiatives to measure GBA+ results.

Actions are being taken to develop data collection and analysis tools that will enable the DND to report on its Program Inventory to improve the capacity to measure and assess the impacts of the programs on gender and diversity in the future.

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