Day One: Wednesday, February 21, 2024

10:15 EST

60 min
Denise Gareau

How Do Issues and Problems Implementing GBA Plus Play Out? Instructive Case Studies and Examples from WAGE

Denise Gareau, Director Gender-based Analysis Plus Unit, Research, Data, and Intersectionality Branch, Women and Gender Equality Canada

  • The WAGE journedy – some of the milestones
  • Embedding GBA Plus in government decision-making so legislation, policies, programs, and initiatives advance equality and close gaps between populations
  • Increasing intersectionality in GBA Plus design and application so that structural factors and systemic discrimination are considered alongside identity and other factors
  • Examples of implementation challenges and solutions

12:00 EST

60 min


13:00 EST

45 min
Crystal Bowen

Neurodiversity, Intersectionality and Neuro-inclusion

Crystal Bowen, CEO and Founder, Delta Learning Solutions Inc.

Neurodiversity is a concept that describes the natural diversity in how all our minds and brains operate. Some people function in ways that aren’t normative. Neurodivergence intersects with every marginalized community in Canada’s Wheel of Privilege and Power. This session will challenge you to explore and consider interesting new questions while you learn to incorporate neuro-inclusion into your practice.

  • What factors contribute to missing some of the population who should have benefitted from a policy or program? What didn’t you consider?
  • What strategies and approaches should you use to ensure all voices are included when making policy or program decisions?
  • If you discover that an implemented policy or program has excluded some people, how should you approach and correct the situation?

13:45 EST

60 min
Karine-Myrgianie Jean-François

Implementation Challenges and Solutions at City of Montreal

Karine-Myrgianie Jean-François, Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) Planning Advisor, Ville De Montréal

  • What we have learned in our journey
  • Advocating for inclusion of GBA+ across city services and boroughs
  • Strengthen knowledge of GBA Plus issues among municipal departments using strategic capacity building initiatives, learning circles and resource and toolkit development
  • Spearheading the institutionalization of GBA+ experimental knowledge through targeted initiatives

14:45 EST

15 min


15:00 EST

45 min
Pauline Tuitoek

Gathering the 2SLGBTQ+ Data You Need for GBA Plus

Pauline Tuitoek, Assistant Director, Statistics Canada

  • How does Statistics Canada collect and report data on gender diversity, sexual orientation, and the 2SLGBTQ+ population?
  • Challenges and opportunities in collecting data on the 2SLGBTQ+ population
  • What does the data tell us when disaggregating 2SLGBTQ+ subpopulations?
  • Looking Ahead: Statistics Canada’s ongoing efforts to address data gaps
  • Resources for gathering 2SLGBTQ+ data for GBA+

15:45 EST

45 min
Wendy Cukier

The MARCH 2023 Report of the Standing Senate Committee on “The Role of Gender Based Analysis Plus in the Policy Process: Reducing Barriers to an Inclusive intersectional Policy Analysis”

Wendy Cukier, Founder & Academic Director of the Diversity Institute, Academic Director of the Women Entrepreneurship Hub, and Research Lead of the Future Skills Centre, Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University)

The intent of GBA Plus is to ensure that various intersecting identity factors are considered throughout the policy design process, from initial problem identification through to implementation and evaluation. Its purpose is ensuring that none of the diverse people encountering Canadian federal policies and programs are unintentionally harmed by or excluded from government policy and programs. This session will provide thoughtful and thought-provoking comments on Committee findings and observations including:

  • Strengths of GBA Plus and success stories
  • Significant barriers that continue to limit implementation in the federal government
  • 15 recommendations to support a more fulsome intersectional analysis
  • Questions about Data Gaps
  • Measuring outcomes and evaluating progress
  • Perceptions and resistance

16:30 EST

End of Day One

Day Two: Thursday, February 22, 2024

10:00 EST

15 min

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair

12:00 EST

60 min


13:50 EST

50 min
Samina Sami

Intersectionality: Applying the GBA Plus Lens to the Immigrant Community

Samina Sami, Chief Executive Officer, COSTI

  • Impact of government programs on immigrant communities in Canada
  • Who should be consulted with respect to the impact of programs on immigrant communities?
  • Various needs and important differences in different communities
  • How can GBA+ improve positive impacts and reduce unintended consequences?

14:40 EST

20 min


15:00 EST

60 min
Wendy Cukier

Tools for Mainstreaming Equity, Diversity Inclusion: GBA Plus and Beyond

Wendy Cukier, Founder & Academic Director of the Diversity Institute, Academic Director of the Women Entrepreneurship Hub, and Research Lead of the Future Skills Centre, Toronto Metropolitan University (Formerly Ryerson University)

Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA Plus) is an analytical tool derived from efforts by the Government of Canada to support gender mainstreaming in the development and delivery of policies and programs almost twenty years ago. It has been refined to address more than gender and to consider intersectional analysis such as Indigeneity, race, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation and has become embedded in planning, budgeting and reporting processes. While a powerful analytic framework, reviews of GBA+ have suggested ways in which it needs to be adapted or complemented to ensure that other dimensions of identity are considered as more than an add on. New tools have been proposed, for example, specifically to address anti-racism or Indigenous reconciliation. Finally,  the implementation of GBA+ has been uneven and there have been suggestions for tools tailored more to, for example, diversity assessment in economic and innovation programs.

This session will review

  • Origins, application and successes of GBA+
  • Complementary tools and approaches
  • Strategies for effective implementation and evaluation of action oriented gender and diversity analysis to drive change.

16:00 EST

45 min
Dr. Suzette Mitchell

Using an intersectionality Lens to Address Gender and Disability

Dr. Suzette Mitchell, Gender, Disability and Intersectionality

This session is framed within the context of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), specifically regarding international commitments to address issues facing women and girls with disabilities. It draws from international research and development programming positioned at the intersection of gender inequality and disability inclusion.

The session will examine:

  • How diverse groups of women and girls, and their different types of disabilities, both present differently and require different strategies to ensure their human rights are met.
  • Strategies and practical examples for programming and empowerment initiatives.

16:45 EST

End of Day Two