In line with the Government of Canada's commitment to integrate the practice of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA Plus) into the work of departments and agencies, the reinvigoration of GBA Plus within the School remains one of our strategic priorities.
As such, in order to strengthen the governance of GBA Plus across the School the following steps have been taken:
The Policy and Strategic Relations team has reengaged with Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) to confirm the designation of a new staff member to fulfill the role of GBA Plus Focal Point (GFP) for the School. This role is responsible for representing the School at the Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) and on related working groups.
As well, the School has created the role of a GBA Plus Champion, who represents the School at the WAGE-operated Champions Network at the senior management level (director/vice president level and higher). Both these roles meet on a quarterly basis to discuss the same issues, as their agendas are complementary, but the GFP analyzes and tackles topics at a more operational level than does the Champion.
The GFP is the School's first point of contact for inquiries about the application of GBA Plus across the organization. The GFP carries out the following functions:
- Research and analysis, development and advice on policy implementation
- Advice to program and project management on the application of GBA Plus tools
- Facilitation of inputs to the government-wide reporting tools in support of the evaluation and monitoring of GBA Plus across federal departments and agencies
The most recent GBA Plus Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) meeting occurred on November 16, 2022. It was designed to allow GFPs to stay apprised of GBA Plus activities and developments across the departments and agencies and to review the work currently underway to deliver on mandate letter commitments to enhance the framing and parameters of GBA Plus, including the GBA Plus expectations related to the 2023 budget process.
The GFP collaborates with the GBA Plus Centre of Expertise, Research, Results and Delivery Branch of WAGE. As part of this collaboration, the GFP is expected from time to time to contribute to the newsletter produced by the GBA Plus Interdepartmental Committee (IDC), engage with the virtual GBA Plus community on GCconnex, and present periodic updates at IDC and working group meetings.
On a daily basis, the GFP promotes application of the GBA Plus step-by-step guide and provides questions and considerations for each step. The GFP also facilitates integration of the complementary Intersectionality job aid produced by WAGE. The guide and the job aid are being incorporated into the internal policy framework on the application of GBA Plus at the School.