Fiscal year 2020 to 2021 Departmental Plan
Supplementary Information Tables

Gender-based analysis plus

General Information

Governance structures

The CBSA has endorsed the following policy statement:

The CBSA will make Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) an integral part of our policies, programs and initiatives to ensure an understanding of the impacts on gender and diversity, in order to make better decisions and achieve better results for our clients, stakeholders and all Canadians.

To fulfill this policy statement, the CBSA is currently using a distributed model of GBA+ responsibilities across the Agency, incorporating the following roles:

The CBSA routinely provides reporting to Women and Gender Equality Canada and/or the Treasury Board Secretariat on its various GBA+ activities.

Human resources

Two employees directly support the work of the GBA+ Champion and GBA+ Responsibility Centre, along with numerous others on advisory committees and other governance bodies; however, an accurate count of full-time equivalents (FTEs) cannot be provided as GBA+ analysis is incorporated into various program and policy activities across the Agency.

Several CBSA officials have been provided with a tailored course on incorporating GBA+ into policies and programs, and how to support their employees in this process for management levels.

Planned initiatives

1. Modernizing Sex and Gender Information Practices

The CBSA is an active participant in the Policy Direction to Modernize the Government of Canada’s Sex and Gender Information Practices, which challenges departments and agencies to streamline the collection, use and display of sex and gender information, defaulting to gender wherever possible.

As a result of internal consultations held in fiscal year 2019 to 2020, 18 CBSA initiatives have been identified as requiring attention in order to comply with the Policy Direction. These initiatives include forms, applications, ID cards and client interactions. In fiscal year 2020 to 2021, the CBSA will review its practices and make adjustments accordingly to modernize these 18 initiatives in accordance with the Policy Direction.

2. Review of the Officer Induction Training Program

In fiscal year 2018 to 2019, the CBSA launched a new recruitment process for border services officers and began applying a GBA+ lens to this process. Based on the findings of a study conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the CBSA made several adjustments to its own processes incorporating best practices for recruitment. The development of the Agency’s new Officer Trainee Entrance Exam also included the application of a GBA+ lens.

The Agency’s recruitment initiatives are regularly reviewed to ensure that they capitalize on opportunities to participate in events tailored toward historically underrepresented groups such as young women in the fields of public safety and law enforcement.

In addition, the Agency continues to work closely with the Government’s security and intelligence community on targeted recruitment events for women, placing focus on how branding is perceived from a GBA+ perspective.

In fiscal year 2020 to 2021, the Agency’s goals will be to:

3. Exploration of Internal Training Needs and Horizontal Training Opportunities

The CBSA has endeavoured to use training as one means of attempting to mainstream GBA+ internally, including the following activities:

In 2020–21, further to the last activity listed above, the CBSA (in collaboration with other federal departments in the security, intelligence and enforcement domain), will focus on identifying the needs of policy and operational practitioners and will begin to develop training that further empowers them to apply GBA+ lenses in their work in order to:

4. Immigration Enforcement Policy Framework

As reported in fiscal year 2019 to 2020, the CBSA has committed to reviewing its immigration enforcement policy framework to identify ways in which the needs of vulnerable individuals could be better reflected throughout the immigration enforcement continuum.

The National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking includes funding for academic research to undertake comparative analyses of measures taken by other immigration enforcement and border agencies to account for the particular needs of victims of gender-based violence. In fiscal year 2020 to 2021, the CBSA intends to extend contracts and work with academia to complete the analyses in order to inform efforts to assess the impacts of gender-based violence in immigration enforcement and address identified gaps.

5. Evaluation of the Traveller Program

In fiscal year 2020 to 2021, the CBSA intends to evaluate GBA+ elements of its Traveller Program. In applying a GBA+ lens, the evaluation will assess the extent to which gender and other intersecting identity factors were considered in the design, development and implementation of traveller processing and enforcement activities, and how those activities impact diverse groups of travellers.

Reporting capacity and data

The CBSA does not anticipate providing any GBA+-related data in public reports for fiscal year 2020 to 2021.

At this time, the CBSA does not maintain an inventory of programs that collect and keep individual recipient microdata information to undertake GBA+ analysis. As part of its modernization efforts, the Agency has created a new resource responsible for developing an Agency-wide data analytics strategy, including foundational pieces aligned with all stakeholders and partners, as well as enhancing access to information for Canadians while protecting the personal information of Canadians. As this function matures, the CBSA anticipates being able to provide more consolidated data reports in the future.

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