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2018-2019 Departmental Results Report - Gender-based Analysis Plus process

General information

1. Governance Structures

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's strategy to ensure that gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) was integrated into departmental decision-making processes during the 2018–19 fiscal year included
    • An established Departmental Policy Statement on GBA+: The policy established in February 27, 2015 states that, “Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is committed to integrating gender-based analysis into policy development and program delivery in a way that reflects Canadian values and government commitments in advancing gender equality.”
    • A GBA+ Champion: The Department's Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch, sits as the department's GBA+ champion. The Champion plays a vital role in providing leadership and coordination in the promotion, implementation and monitoring of gender-based analysis in the development of effective policies, programs, and legislation.
    • An established GBA+ Responsibility Centre: The Strategic Integration Unit in Strategic Policy Branch is the Department's GBA+ Responsibility Centre. It provides guidance on GBA+ application within the Department, is the point of liaison with Women and Gender Equality Canada, and represents Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on the Science, Economic and Research Cluster of the GBA+ Interdepartmental Committee, which is led by Women and Gender Equality Canada.
    • A fully implemented GBA+ assessment questionnaire: The GBA+ assessment questionnaire serves as a mandatory element in the development of Memoranda to Cabinet and policy and program proposals, such as Treasury Board submissions and budget proposals. It also provides a framework to guide analysts in the consideration of possible diversity impacts related to proposed initiatives and identification of mitigation strategies to ensure all policies and programs are as effective as possible. Key considerations are reflected in Cabinet and other policy and program documents.
    • GBA+ guidance: The GBA+ Responsibility Centre meets with subject matter experts at the onset of the Department's Cabinet Affairs kick-start process to discuss GBA+ expectations in the development of Memoranda to Cabinet and policy and program proposals, such as Treasury Board submissions and budget proposals, and ensures key GBA+ considerations are reflected at each stage of the policy development cycle.
    • Recommended training: Completion of Women and Gender Equality Canada's GBA+ online course is recommended to all subject matter experts that lead the development of, for example, Memoranda to Cabinet, Treasury Board submissions, and budget proposals. Participation in the online course was promoted across the Department during GBA+ Awareness Week (September 2018). Ongoing promotion and participation in other staff training also took place throughout the year, including as related to GBA+ capacity enhancement training and GBA+ bootcamp.
    • An enhanced range of available gender-disaggregated data: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Research and Analysis Directorate requested the data compilation and production of a number of gender-disaggregated statistical categories from Statistics Canada's 2016 Census of Agriculture to expand the collection of gender disaggregated data for the sector. The Department's GBA+ Responsibility Centre refers lead analysts completing gender-based analyses, as well as anyone looking for data regarding women in agriculture, to the Research and Analysis Directorate for assistance in obtaining the necessary data to support their analysis. Ongoing collaborative efforts within the department strive to enhance the range of gender-disaggregated data available to support GBA+.
    • Established GBA+ communications: The development of a departmental Knowledge Workspace to serve as a central hub for GBA+ tools and resources related to women in agriculture is underway. Enhanced efforts to promote GBA+ awareness, training and upcoming events took place during GBA+ Awareness Week (September 2018).
  • Accountability mechanisms to ensure that GBA+ was integrated in departmental decision-making processes included
    • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Cabinet Affairs, Treasury Board and Budget proposal submission processes: Completion of the GBA+ Assessment Form by program and policy leads is a mandatory element of the development of Memoranda to Cabinet and other policy or program proposals , such as Treasury Board submissions and budget proposals, providing a framework and guidance to help analysts think about possible diversity impacts related to their proposed initiatives, assess and address them as needed to ensure all policies and programs are as effective as possible. The Department's GBA+ Responsibility Centre meets with lead analysts early in the kick-start process to outline the GBA+ requirements and provide guidance to ensure that intersecting factors are considered.
    • Senior management: A Director General, Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Minister are responsible to approve gender-based analyses included in Memoranda to Cabinet, Treasury Board submissions and budget proposals.
  • Monitoring and reporting mechanisms to assess and communicate the extent to which GBA+ is included in decision-making within the Department included:
    • GBA+ Responsibility Centre: Plays a monitoring and challenge function to ensure that detailed GBA+ assessments are completed and that key considerations are incorporated in the development of all policy, program and budget proposals. Liaises with Women and Gender Equality Canada when necessary, and briefs senior management on necessary information and upcoming events.
    • Cabinet and Interdepartmental Affairs: Oversees the Memorandum to Cabinet process to ensure completion of all components, including the application of GBA+ in the decision-making process.
    • Finance and Resource Management Services: Oversees the Treasury Board submission process to ensure completion of all components, including the application of GBA+ in the decision-making process.
    • Assessment of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Program Accessibility: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Programs Branch conducted a GBA+ assessment of the delivery and administration practices of Grants and Contributions and statutory programs. The results were shared with program managers and will be considered in future program design and delivery of the services.

2. Human resources

  • The total number of full-time equivalents dedicated to GBA+ implementation in the Department in 2018–19 was one (1.0).
    • This full-time equivalent makes up the GBA+ Responsibility Centre and accounts for other work in the Department to develop and expand the range of gender-disaggregated data to support GBA+.
    • The number of full-time equivalents may evolve as the Department continues to consider how to advance GBA+.

3. Major initiatives: results achieved

A major departmental initiative in which GBA+ was applied and monitored in 2018–19 was the launch of the AgriDiversity Program.

  • AgriDiversity is a $1-million per year program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which is aimed at diversity groups, including women.
  • Results: In 2018–19, a total of seven projects were approved which impacted a variety of diverse groups. Three of those projects identified women as being a focus of the organization and as a beneficiary of the project.
  • GBA+ specific indicators and results for 2018–19 include
  • Number of approved projects focused on women in agriculture: three
  • Number of people reached by these projects: Excluding social media impact, approximately 1,000 people have been reached by these projects to date (results still pending on one of the projects). Including social media, the number of people reached is over 5,000.

4. Reporting capacity and data

Departmental programs that collect information to undertake GBA+ are outlined below.

The following Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada programs ask applicants to identify which underrepresented groups will benefit and, if willing, to indicate whether these groups are Indigenous, youth, women, visible minorities, official language minority populations and/or persons with disabilities:

  • AgriAssurance Program
  • AgriCompetitiveness
  • AgriDiversity
  • AgriMarketing
  • AgriRisk Initiatives

The following programs, whose ultimate beneficiaries were youth, collected data on the youth's status in terms of underrepresented groups (Indigenous, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, women):

  • Career Focus Program
  • Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

The following programs ask for information about the mandate of the corporation or organization in relation to underrepresented groups:

  • Dairy Farm Investment Program
  • Dairy Processing Investment Fund
  • AgriScience Program: Projects
  • AgriInnovate

There are no publicly released data for these programs. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's remaining 13 programs do not collect GBA+ relevant information.

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