The Secretariat is a micro-organization comprised of 10 full-time equivalents. The organization is not involved in the development of programs or policies. Rather, it supports the review activities of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians. As part of the support provided to the Committee, when and where applicable, the Secretariat will utilize a GBA+ lens to support its analysis and advice.
The Secretariat has a total staff complement of nine full-time equivalents (FTE). While no single FTE was identified as a dedicated resource for GBA+ activities, all employees completed the Women and Gender Equality Canada’s online Gender-based Analysis Plus training module.
As part of its recruitment activities, the Secretariat hired a group of employees with the appropriate mix of backgrounds, professional experience, research, and analytical skills to fulfill the organization’s responsibilities. This breadth of experience and competencies provides the Committee with high quality, non-partisan advice and support.
|Major initiatives: results achieved
|In March 2020, the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians’ review of diversity and inclusion in Canada’s security and intelligence community was tabled in Parliament. This review — the first multi-departmental analysis of its kind — provides a baseline assessment of the degree of representation of women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities within the security and intelligence community. It analyzes the goals, initiatives, programs and measures that departments and agencies have taken to promote diversity and inclusion.
The Committee made seven findings and four recommendations to improve diversity and inclusion in the security and intelligence community. Its review found that the representation of persons with disabilities, women, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal peoples is lower than the public service average in a majority of the organizations under review. Furthermore, inconsistencies in planning and monitoring undermine efforts to assess progress on diversity across the security and intelligence community. The review also found that accountability for diversity and inclusion across the security and intelligence community is insufficient and that challenges exist with regard to survey analysis and tracking. The Committee hopes to conduct a retrospective review in three to five years to assess the security and intelligence community’s progress in achieving and implementing its diversity goals and inclusion initiatives.
|Reporting capacity and data
The Secretariat does not collect program data nor does it possess any databases.
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