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University of Saskatchewan


Initiatives and Options for Enhanced & Sustainable GBA+ Capacity

February 4 - 5, 2020  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day Two Program Agenda - Wednesday, Februray 5, 2020
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Chair’s Opening Remarks
Marcie Hawranik, Founder and President of Canadian Equality Consulting
9:15 - 10:00
Integrating Sex and Gender Based Analysis Plus (SGBA+) at Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Tammy J Clifford, Vice-President, Research Programs, CIHR
  • Systematic examination of sex (biological) and gender (socio-cultural) differences between men, women, girls, boys and gender diverse people to expand our understanding of health determinants
  • How sex and gender interact with other intersecting identities such as age, ethnicity etc., to contribute to exposure to various risk factors, disease courses and outcomes
  • How CIHR supports the integration of sex and gender into health research
  • Progress and impacts of integration of sex and gender into health research
10:00 - 10:45
Proactive Identification of Needs
Thierry Rousseau, Assistant Director, Entitlement Instruments Citizenship, Refugees & Immigration
Nataliia Stepaniuk, Senior Policy Analyst, Citizenship, Refugees & Immigration

Rather than waiting for complaints and inadequately responding with piecemeal initiatives under specific time constraints, this Ministry is applying GBA+ to improve services to ensure changes hit the mark for the diverse population requiring services. This session will provide information on:

  • The Policy Plan
  • Broad consultation
  • Review of targeted GBA+ groups
10:45 - 11:00        Networking Break
11:00 - 11:45
GBA+ at the Municipal Level
Karla Cote, Issue Strategist, City of Calgary
Allison MacDonald, Issue Strategist, City of Calgary
  • The business case for working toward equality
  • Need for:
    • A gender Equity and Diversity Strategy
    • Completion of Baseline Assessment of key indicators and a review of relevant policies to determine the current state of women as well as gaps and opportunities
    • Need for a Policy and Advisory Committee on Social Wellbeing
  • How simultaneous and overlapping identity factors shape diverse experiences with various degrees of marginalization and privilege
  • Need for specific equity focussed approaches and actions to remove barriers and address needs
  • Results of City of Calgary initiatives to date
11:45 - 12:30
Building Gender Transformative Programs
Kathleen Lahey, Professor and Queen's National Scholar, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

We use the GBA+ process to review government policies, programs, legislation and regulations. It is our way of ensuring that what we are doing actually benefits all members of society taking into account the diverse population that is Canada. This may be giant strides forward compared to not reviewing policies for gender differences at all, but is it the best we can do? Let’s consider:

  • How whole-of-government and departmental approaches can help guide long term and deeply substantive policy impact
  • Analysis as to priorities, impacts on men as well as women, intersecting identities, plans, and budgets
  • Programs intended to close all gender-related gaps more proactively and deliberately
  • Achieve genuine equality for all over the course of a life-time.
12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:15
Best Words of Advise You Will Ever Receive: Gathering the Data You Need

2:15 - 3:00
A Feminist Approach to Policy Making and Gender–Equality Analysis for International Programs
Megan Lowthers, Oxfam
  • Advocacy
  • Ensuring the approach is inclusive, intersectional and includes marginalized groups
  • Evidence, data and consultation
  • Ensuring consultation includes the most marginalized groups
3:00 - 3:15        Networking Break
3:15 - 4:00
International Dimension of GBA Plus: How Canada is Applying Internationally Through the Feminist International Assistance Policy
Geoff Dubrow, President, Global Dialogue Group
  • How do beneficiary countries react to GBA+?
  • Examples from the Caribbean
  • Strategies for communicating what you are doing and why
4:00        End of Day Two



Budget Gender Statements set out how decisions made in the current budget were informed by gender considerations. With the first historic statement in 2017, the government of Canada signaled its renewed and ongoing commitment to reviewing policies, programs, services and legislation for gender-specific impacts.

Every policy, law or regulation going to cabinet must be viewed through the gender lens taking age, income, culture, ethnicity and other intersecting factors into account. And where a policy impacts women and/or other population groups negatively, policy analysts must turn their minds to developing effective mitigation plans.

As government analysts work toward this goal, daunting challenges emerge. What if no relevant gender disaggregated data exists? Where do you look to find other data that can be useful? How do you run a consultation process that will provide reliable qualitative data? What do you do to develop and share the data with others who need it? How far must you go if gender does not seem relevant to a policy?

INFONEX's GBA+ will be the ideal forum for discussing and sharing ideas to help find solutions to these complex problems. A faculty of GBA+ analysts will draw on their experience to offer examples and provide ideas that will help you think outside the box for innovative solutions. Information experts will help you identify reliable sources of existing data you may never have heard of including surveys, administrative and academic databases and data drawn from big projects that have been completed. You will learn how to invest in long-term data collection and how to partner with Statistics Canada to expand existing resources. You will learn to run a consultation process that results in information that is relevant to you today and learn how to share it with others who may need it tomorrow. You will return to your office refreshed and inspired by new ideas and new contacts.

Join experts from government and other sectors who have the important information, insights and strategies you need to meet the complex challenge ahead. Find out what other departments, agencies, provincial governments, and municipalities are doing in this area. Register now and the up-front investment of time will allow you to perform with confidence in the months and years ahead. Register today!

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