Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

General information

Governance structures

The Department has appointed a GBA+ Champion who is responsible for the leadership of GBA+. She is supported by a Centre of Excellence, which provides oversight and guidance on all the department’s GBA+ initiatives. In particular, the Centre:

  • Supports and monitors all Transport Canada GBA+ initiatives
  • Leads a GBA+ Intradepartmental Network to advance gender equity and diversity objectives and promote integration of GBA+ tools and knowledge into the department’s operations and practices
  • Serves as the main point of contact for interdepartmental GBA+ matters, including:
  • Provides secretariat support for the GBA+ Champion in exercising the following duties and functions:
    • GBA+ leadership and awareness throughout our department (such as GBA+ Awareness Week); and
    • Representing Transport Canada at Assistant Deputy Minister-level meetings and working groups
  • Works closely with subject matter experts across the department to provide guidance with the development of GBA+ assessments in support of new or modified policy, program, regulatory, or other initiatives (e.g., Memoranda to Cabinet, Treasury Board submissions, federal budget proposals, etc.)

In general, the Centre provides guidance and feedback to subject matter experts (e.g., within air, surface, marine, etc.) on how to conduct GBA+ assessments and access GBA+ training.

Human resources

The GBA+ Centre of Excellence is located within the Strategic Policy and Innovation Directorate.

The GBA+ Intradepartmental Network has over 100 members from across the department, who have a shared interest in GBA+ implementation and attend events and meetings for the purposes of building knowledge and expertise regarding GBA+ and best practices.

Core members of the Network serve as departmental leads and experts within their area of work (e.g., economic analysis, regulatory affairs) to support development of GBA+ assessments and other initiatives.

Planned Initiatives

Planned initiatives for 2020-21 include:

  • Wrapping up TC’s three year GBA+ Action Plan (2018-2020) and reporting progress and next steps to TC’s Executive Management Committee (TMX)
  • Working with our GBA+ Champion and Intradepartmental GBA+ Network to develop a new Action Plan for 2021-2023
  • Continuing to work with our Communications branch to create opportunities to increase our employees’ GBA+ awareness (e.g., via our intranet, social media, lobby screens, etc.), including the annual GBA+ Awareness Week activities
  • Using the Action Plan as a tracking tool for GBA+ initiatives; and
  • Reporting annual GBA+ progress to WAGE by completing a survey. The survey will enable us to provide:
    • WAGE an overview of the strengths and weaknesses involved in adopting GBA+ processes, analysis and practices across the Department; and
    • The opportunity for our department to self-assess progress and reflect on future challenges
Reporting capacity and data

Based on Transport Canada’s Program Inventory, four programs currently collect and keep sufficient individual recipient microdata information to undertake GBA+ assessments:

  • Under Marine Safety Oversight, the Marine Training Program collects data, in partnership with academic institutions such as the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium, to promote participation within the broader marine industry in Canada, better reflect population demographics, and assist with closing participation gaps of underrepresented groups. The data collected identifies gender, age, race, residence and occupation(s)
  • Under the Multimodal and Road Safety Regulatory Framework, the National Collision Database includes individual recipient microdata information (i.e. gender and other socioeconomic characteristics such as injury data and safety measures) that could be used to undertake GBA+
  • Transportation Marketplace Frameworks collects information related to age, gender, income, and travel patterns, which could be used in support of GBA+ assessments. Such data may be aggregated to be included in national reports, for example the National Travel Survey
  • The Security Screening Certification Program collects information on various socio-economic characteristics, which is stored in the Security Reliability Clearance Control System