Health Canada Sex and Gender Action Plan 2017-2020

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Organization: Health Canada

Type: Overview of Action plan

Date published: January 2018

Goal: To establish Health Canada as an organization where sex and gender-considerations are systematically integrated in all our research, legislation, policies, regulations, programs and services.


  • Build Department Capacity
  • Strengthen Evidence Base and Expertise
  • Increase Accountability

Key Elements

  • Enhance guidelines, processes, tools and resources
  • Increase SGBA promotion and provide targeted training for key priority areas
  • Use priority initiatives to enhance SGBA capacity and improve sex- and gender-sensitive expertise and advice
  • Partner with the Institute of Gender and Health (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) to embed cutting edge SGBA research expertise into priority initiatives
  • Increase governance, accountability and transparency in the integration of SGBA in Health Canada decision-making


  • Internal processes facilitate consideration of sex and gender in all research, policies, programs, regulations and services.
  • Policies, programs and services are informed by evidence-based sex and gender research.
  • Staff and stakeholders have an increased understanding of the differential impacts of initiatives on men, women, girls, boys and gender-diverse individuals.
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