Fact sheet

Gender-based Analysis Plus
What GBA+ can tell you about entrepreneurship
  • Did you know? Majority women-owned businesses represent 15.7% of all Canadian small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Key Fact: Majority women-owned businesses contribute an estimated $148 billion to the Canadian economy.
  • Key gender issue: Majority women-owned businesses have lower growth rates, experience more difficulty accessing growth capital, and have less developed networks than men-owned businesses.
What GBA+ can tell you about law enforcement
  • Did you know? In 2016, women accounted for only 21% of all police officers in Canada.
  • Key Fact: There are significantly fewer women than men in senior positions. In 2016, 13% of senior officers were women and among non-commissioned officers or chiefs, 18% were women.
  • Key gender issue: Modern policing is enhanced through a diverse workforce, by better reflecting communities and harnessing new capabilities and approaches.

By understanding the circumstances and needs of women, men, youth, and other demographic groups, we can tailor programs and policies to respond to the diversity of the Canadian public.

What GBA+ can tell you about mining
  • Did you know? Most Indigenous communities are located within 200 kilometres of operating mines and exploration properties.
  • Key Fact: Participation of women in mining falls significantly behind Canada’s overall labour force average of 47%, at 18%.
  • Key gender issue: Many groups, including Indigenous women, are under-utilized because of perceived and identified barriers to careers in mining.
What GBA+ can tell you about medical research
  • Did you know? In Canada, men account for three out of four deaths by suicide, despite the fact that women are diagnosed with depression twice as often as men.
  • Key Fact: A gender bias in diagnostic tools can overlook men’s symptoms of depression, while targeting women’s symptoms (e.g. crying).
  • Key gender issue: Recognition of depression in males can be significantly influenced by social norms that feminize symptoms of depression, making males more hesitant to seek help or counselling.
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