A lot of excellent information was presented. Great resource material to follow up on.
- AVP, Financial Services
University of Saskatchewan


February 4 - 5, 2020  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda - Tuesday, February 4, 2020
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair

9:15 - 10:00
Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? GBA+ Pathways

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? This session will present an approach that is gaining favour among many Canadians who would like to identify wage gaps between women, men and various intersecting identities, plan and budget for programs intended to close the wage gaps and thereby more proactively and deliberately achieve equity goals.

  • The link between GBA+ and Budgets
  • How do tax revenue and government expenditures impact equality goals
  • Future directions
10:00 - 10:45
Integration of GBA+ and Gender Budgeting: Challenges and Opportunities

10:45 - 11:00        Networking Break
11:00 - 11:45
Embedding GBA+ Throughout Program and Policy Development

11:45 - 12:30
Modernizing Collection and Use of Sex and Gender Information Practices
  • Issues arising where an Individual’s gender Identity or lived experience doesn’t align with sex at birth
  • Use of information
  • How government uses sex and gender information to administer programs, analyze demographics, sets gender equity policy objectives and issue documents
  • How the current approach contributes to problems faced by transgender, non-binary and two-spirit individuals
  • Aligning federal, provincial and territorial information practices
  • New data collection and accommodation practices
  • New Stats Can Standards
  • The “X” identifier
  • Development of a framework for a government-wide policy direction
  • Departmental review of existing information practices against the policy
12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:15
Applying GBA+ Beyond Applications Going to Cabinet

2:15 - 3:00
Digging Deeper: Looking for GBA+ Considerations When They Are Not Readily Apparent
  • How to look beyond the memo to cabinet for links between your issue and broader government priorities
  • What assumptions led to identifying the topic as an issue?
  • Have assumptions been sufficiently challenged?
  • Who is affected and how?
  • Are all groups uniform?
  • What evidence is available to demonstrate that the issue is “neutral”?
  • What data has been consulted? Is other data required to see the whole picture?
  • What additional data is needed to better understand the different impacts?
  • Where are the data gaps?
  • Are you perpetuating stereotypes?
3:00 - 3:15        Networking Break
3:15 - 4:00
Proactive Identification of Needs By Gender and Intersecting Identities

4:00 - 4:45
Identifying Your Own Biases and Tuning In to Different Points of View
Marcie Hawranik, Canadian Equality Consulting
  • Bias against bias
  • Where do biases come from?
  • Role of thinking shortcuts, unconscious thinking and decision making
  • Decisions based on stored data in internal hard drive
  • Resistance to the unfamiliar
  • How to develop personal awareness
  • Specific training to identify and overcome unconscious bias
  • The need for outside perspectives
4:45        End of Day One



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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