Gender-based Analysis Plus implementation survey results 2019-2020

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Results of the fourth Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA Plus) Implementation Survey show that progress continues in advancing GBA Plus across the federal government; 73 federal departments and agencies responded in respect of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.


In 2020, most organizations reported having key elements of GBA Plus capacity in place, including:

  • 79% of organizations had a GBA Plus champion or other senior management representative to lead GBA Plus.
  • 76% of organizations had discussions on GBA Plus at senior management committees.
  • 76% of organizations had resources dedicated to the development, delivery or promotion of GBA Plus training for employees.
  • 76% of organizations had GBA Plus tools and resources to assist employees in applying GBA Plus to their work.
  • 66% of organizations had an intra-departmental network or working-level group dedicated to GBA Plus.
  • 61% of organizations had a formal GBA Plus policy or statement of intent.
  • 54% of organizations had a departmental GBA Plus implementation plan/action plan.

The table compares above elements to the 2019 and 2020 surveys. All elements increased in capacity.

Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs)

The survey highlighted the following facts regarding GBA Plus full-time equivalents (FTEs):

  • The vast majority (88%) of departments had some staff dedicated to GBA Plus.
  • Over a quarter (28%) of departments had more than five staff dedicated to GBA Plus.
  • Only 12% of departments had no staff dedicated to GBA Plus.


Three quarters of departments used the Women and Gender Equality Canada online GBA Plus course in policy. 

Mandatory GBA Plus training is becoming more common. Results from the 68 departments that responded to the 2019 and 2020 surveys show the following: in 2020, 54% of federal departments had mandatory GBA Plus training, compared to 38% in 2019. 

Most departments offer GBA Plus training in a variety of functional areas: 

Policy – 75%

Evaluation – 69%

Research – 62%

Program Design and Delivery – 66%


GBA Plus is applied often to Cabinet documents and other work. The table shows the percentage of respondents that integrate GBA Plus into each government functional area.

Memoranda to Cabinet: GBA Plus Integrated 98%; GBA Plus not integrated 2%

Treasury Board Submission: GBA Plus Integrated 96%; GBA Plus not integrated 4%

Regulations: GBA Plus Integrated 89%; GBA Plus not integrated 11%

Legislation: GBA Plus Integrated 88%; GBA Plus not integrated 12%

Departmental Plans: GBA Plus Integrated 87%; GBA Plus not integrated 13%

Departmental Results and Reports: GBA Plus Integrated 87%; GBA Plus not integrated 13%

GBA Plus is most often applied at the analysis and research phase of the policy development cycle.

GBA Plus is less often applied at the problem definition and evaluation phase of the policy development cycle.

Data collection

Most departments report having access to data disaggregated by a variety of identity factors when conducting GBA Plus.

The table shows the percentage of respondents that collect disaggregated data for each factor.

Age – 93%

Sex – 88%

Residence – 84%

Indigenous origin– 77%

Gender – 73%

Going forward

Continue to advance GBA Plus implementation with a focus in some areas:

  • More GBA Plus integration in procurement and information management/information services 
  • Data access and availability
  • Training offerings and tools
  • Tracking and monitoring
  • Redesigning the survey tool and methodology

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