Sex- and Gender-based Analysis in Action at Health Canada

Sex and Gender-based Analysis (SGBA) is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men, girls, boys and gender-diverse people may be impacted by federal initiatives.

Health Canada's Sex and Gender Action Plan aims to systematically integrate sex and gender considerations into all Health Canada's research, legislation, policies, regulations, programs and services.

Maximizing positive impacts on health

The Action Plan aims to:

  • maximize positive impact on health outcomes and health status of Canadians by designing initiatives to address the diverse needs of the population
  • maximize positive impact on workplace health and engagement by developing policies and processes to address the diverse needs of our employees

Integrating SGBA into Health Canada practices

The three-year Action Plan will integrate SGBA into Health Canada's practices by:

  • building department capacity
  • providing resources and expertise to strengthen the evidence base
  • increasing accountability

Key elements of this plan include:

  • forging partnerships and incorporating cutting edge sex, gender and diversity research expertise through a collaboration with the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; and,
  • engaging on priority Health Canada initiatives in the provision of sex and gender research expertise and advice. This year, the following targeted initiatives will incorporate sex, gender and diversity considerations:
    • Home care - maximising the benefits of digital technologies in home care
    • Cannabis - informing public education and awareness on cannabis
    • Vaping - designing a regulatory framework for vaping products in Canada
    • Health product labelling - analyzing consumer perceptions of health product labelling
    • Pest management - informing the public on how sex and gender is used in pest management regulation
    • Health products - communicating on health products risks
    • Healthy Child Development - involving First Nations fathers/men in healthy child development in Government of Canada initiatives (in collaboration with Indigenous Services Canada)
    • Workplace health - supporting a psychologically healthy workplace

Note: further information on all these initiatives can be found in the Sex and Gender Action Plan Progress Report

Additional elements of the Action Plan include the enhancement of key business processes to maximize effectiveness, including:

  • increasing governance, accountability and transparency in the integration of SGBA in Health Canada decision-making, including biannual reporting on progress and showcasing the impacts of using SGBA
  • enhancing guidelines, processes and resources to integrate SGBA in policy and program design
  • increasing awareness and training in SGBA
  • integrating SGBA into Health Canada's planning and evaluation

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