Status of Women Canada - Report


Section II: Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Strategic Outcome:
Equality between women and men is promoted and advanced in Canada

The agency's two programs, discussed below, are designed to achieve results that are not only complementary but also contribute to the achievement of or progress toward this strategic outcome.

Program
1.1 – Leadership, Expertise and Advice

Program Description

Canada, in line with domestic and international instruments, has committed to advancing gender equality. SWC promotes public understanding about the status of women in Canada and encourages Canadians to engage in efforts to advance equality between women and men. Communications activities form a key aspect of this Program and commemorate important dates such as Women's History Month and the Persons Day.

To further advance gender equality, the government requires federal organizations to take gender considerations into account in legislation, policies and programs. By providing information, tools, training and expert advice, SWC plays a lead role in building the capacity of federal organizations to use Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). GBA+ informs decision-making and increases the likelihood that legislation, policies and programs meet the needs of diverse groups of women and men.

SWC also provides strategic policy analysis and advice and acts as a knowledge broker to support federal organizations and other stakeholders in advancing equality for women and girls. In addition, SWC explores gaps and emerging issues that continue to affect the status of women and girls in Canada.

This is mainly done in collaboration with other federal organizations, provinces, territories and civil society.

For Program 1.1 (Leadership, Expertise and Advice), this table summarizes, in millions of dollars, the total budgetary expenditures for 2013–14 as set out in the Main Estimates, and the planned spending for fiscal years 2013–14, 2014–15, and 2015–16.
Financial Resources ($ millions)
Total Budgetary
Expenditures
(Main Estimates)
2013–2014
Planned
Spending
2013–2014
Planned
Spending
2014–2015
Planned
Spending
2015–2016
2.1 2.1 2.2 2.2

For Program 1.1 (Leadership, Expertise and Advice), this table summarizes, in full-time equivalents, the staffing planned for 2012–13, 2013–14, and 2014–15.

Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents – FTEs)
2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016
17 17 17

For Program 1.1 (Leadership, Expertise and Advice), this table sets out the results expected, the indicators that will be measured to determine if the expected results are achieved, and the targets for those indicators.

Program Expected Results
Result Performance Indicator Target
Through SWC leadership, key stakeholders have access to advice and information to address issues relating to equality between women and men and boys and girls Number of SWC-led interventions* that provide advice and information 5
Through the provision of SWC expertise, federal government officials and key stakeholders have an increased knowledge of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) Percentage of respondents that indicate their knowledge of GBA+ has increased following GBA+ training/events 70 per cent
Canadian media reports on contributions made by SWC towards advancing equality for women and girls Percentage of SWC-led initiatives that result in media reports 20 per cent
*Interventions include activities that are often long-term and may require significant preparation, human and financial resources. Activities may include disseminating knowledge; facilitating dialogue; leading action on SWC priorities; and advice, collaboration and external relations to advance SWC and federal priorities.

Planning Highlights

In carrying out this Program, SWC plays the role of knowledge broker, providing advice, expertise, recommendations and collaboration on horizontal initiatives that address gender equality issues. The objective is to ensure gender is taken into account as a cross-cutting theme in decision-making processes, including policy and program development, resource allocation, legislative initiatives and others.

In 2013–14, the priorities identified in Section I of this report will be implemented. As well, SWC will continue to work with federal partners to: i) identify gaps in policy and programming, ii) develop responsive, inclusive policies, and iii) promote the collection of sex-disaggregated data to create benchmarks and to inform the setting of targets.

Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls:In partnership with key stakeholders, SWC has identified a number of emerging issues to be addressed during the planning year such as: the engagement of men and boys in violence prevention, violence committed in the name of "honour" and forced marriage. The agency will explore opportunities for collaboration with key partners to address emerging as well as persistent issues in areas such as prevention of violence against women and girls.

SWC will continue to work with Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women and other federal organizations to share evidence on the nature, extent and impacts of violence against women and girls. This information is essential to the policy, programmatic and legislative efforts of different orders of government and civil society as they continue to address gender-based violence. SWC will enhance its web-based resources to demonstrate the economic and social costs of gender-based violence and to create public awareness about the different ways that Canadians can participate to end violence against women and girls in Canada.

Increasing Representation of Women in Leadership Roles:SWC will continue to highlight the benefits of women's leadership in business and democratic life. At the same time, the agency will exchange knowledge and strategies with key provincial, territorial and other partners to encourage and champion women to assume leadership roles in private and public institutions.

In addition, the agency will support the Minister on implementing the Economic Action Plan 2012 commitment to create an Advisory Council for Women on Boards. SWC will develop approaches to progress on recommendations made by members of the Council, comprised of leaders from the private and public sectors, which will advise the Minister on how to promote the increased participation of women on corporate boards.

Empowering Girls to Realize Their Potential:In implementing this priority, SWC will assist girls in Canada to increase their economic prospects and leadership abilities. This will be done by working with key partners to inform the development of policies and delivery of services that respond to the needs of girls in Canada.

On the international stage, SWC will continue to advance government priorities based on its domestic expertise, and will work in partnership with federal departments responsible for international affairs. Also, the agency will collaborate with federal organizations, FPT partners, academic institutions, civil society and others to fulfill Canada's international obligations with respect to gender equality.

Strengthening Implementation of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+):SWC's expertise and its role in increasing knowledge of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) among federal government officials and key stakeholders are crucial to implementing this priority.

In 2013–14, SWC will continue to lead implementation of the Departmental Action Plan on Gender-based Analysis (Action Plan) in collaboration with the Privy Council Office (PCO) and the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS). The Action Plan will enter its fourth phase in 2013–14, continuing to provide targeted support to participating departments and agencies in implementing sustainable GBA+ frameworks, which integrate gender and diversity analysis into departmental policies, programs and legislative initiatives. The Action Plan also serves to increase awareness of accountabilities related to GBA+ implementation and results, which rest with individual departments and agencies.

SWC will continue to provide advice, training, tools and technical expertise to develop GBA+ capacity, and strengthen interdepartmental support networks. Focus will be placed on promoting online training tools, which are available on SWC's website and which provide a foundation for GBA+ across government. These online tools will be further refined to broaden their applicability to stakeholders across diverse sectors and regions.

The agency will also provide GBA+ support to stakeholders outside the federal government, as needed.

Engaging Canadians through Communication Activities:In 2013–14, SWC will continue to promote greater awareness among Canadians of issues relating to the status of women and girls as well as the importance of commemorative dates such as Women's History Month and International Women's Day.

SWC will strengthen its efforts to engage Canadians by reaching out to new audiences such as young Canadians. For example, one of the highlights of the first International Day of the Girl was the naming of a Youth Ambassador to assist in promoting and celebrating the Day. Building on that momentum, SWC will develop innovative new communications approaches, while applying more traditional, proven methods. In addition, it will continue to diversify and broaden its communications reach through the sharing of success stories of SWC-funded projects throughout Canada.

Program
1.2 – Advancing Equality for Women

Program Description

Through this Program, SWC supports action and innovation by investing in initiatives that work to bring about equality between women and men. The Program provides grant and contribution funding to organizations to support community-based action that will lead to equality in communities across Canada. Funded projects occur at the national, regional, and local levels and work to help create conditions for success for women in Canada.

Projects address the economic and social situation of women and their participation in democratic life. They are diverse in nature and scope and apply a variety of approaches and strategies to address the complexity of the issues affecting women. Specifically, the Program invests in projects that incorporate gender considerations, and increase and strengthen access to a range of opportunities, supports, information, resources and services, tools, etc. Projects work with stakeholders such as: women's and community organizations, public institutions and the private sector.

The Program also facilitates collaboration, networking and partnerships that promote equality and the advancement of women in Canada. SWC facilitates networking; develops partnerships where needed to address horizontal issues impacting women and girls; shares knowledge; and assists organizations working to advance women's equality to gain access to expertise, resources, and tools.

For Program 1.2 (Advancing Equality for Women), this table summarizes, in millions of dollars, the total budgetary expenditures for 2013–14 as set out in the Main Estimates, and the planned spending for fiscal years 2013–14, 2014–15, and 2015–16.
Financial Resources ($ millions)
Total Budgetary
Expenditures
(Main Estimates)
2013–2014
Planned
Spending
2013–2014
Planned
Spending
2014–2015
Planned
Spending
2015–2016
24.3 24.3 24.3 24.2

For Program 1.2 (Advancing Equality for Women), this table summarizes, in full-time equivalents, the staffing planned by Status of Women Canada for 2012–13, 2013–14, and 2014–15.

Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents—FTEs)
2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016
34 34 34

For Program 1.2 (Advancing Equality for Women), this table sets out the results expected, the indicators that will be measured to determine if the expected results are achieved, and the targets for those indicators.
Program Expected Results
Result Performance Indicator Target
Women and communities have access to supports to address issues relating to equality between women and men. Percentage of projects that generate supports (e.g. resources, tools) 50 per cent
Communities and stakeholders have access to opportunities to advance equality between women and men. Percentage of projects that facilitate opportunities (e.g. partnerships, networks, strategies) 50 per cent

Planning Highlights

Through this Program, SWC provides financial and professional assistance to organizations to carry out projects that promote equality and the advancement of women and girls at local, regional and national levels. Projects address the economic and social situation of women and girls and their participation in democratic life. There are three priority areas: improving women's and girls' economic security and prosperity; ending violence against women and girls; and supporting the advancement and increased representation of women in leadership and decision-making roles.

SWC will continue to invest strategically, focusing on areas where there is a clear potential for improvement in the lives of women and girls in Canada. Through partnerships and community involvement, SWC increases the sustainability of its project investments. In 2013–14, SWC will carry out the following activities to implement the priorities identified in Section I of this report.

Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls:SWC will give special consideration to projects that target specific issues such as the root causes of violence against women and girls. The agency will continue to develop and strengthen partnerships and support networks and, where possible, will work horizontally with other federal departments to address violence against women and girls.

Increasing Representation of Women in Leadership Roles:SWC will work to identify funding opportunities that support innovative or proven strategies to increase women's representation in leadership and decision-making roles.

In its role as knowledge broker, the agency will examine and further develop its knowledge management and dissemination strategy to leverage programming expertise in its three priority areas. As implementation of the strategy moves forward, increased attention will be paid to strengthening the capacity of the Women's Program to promote and create opportunities for knowledge sharing. In particular, the Program will continue to facilitate organizations' and stakeholders' access to the expertise they need to advance more effectively gender equality, and will facilitate networking among groups with a shared goal.

Program
1.3 – Internal Services

Program Description

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

For Program 1.3 (Internal Services), this table summarizes, in millions of dollars, the total budgetary expenditures for 2013–14 as set out in the Main Estimates, and the planned spending for fiscal years 2013–14, 2014–15, and 2015–16.
Financial Resources ($ millions)
Total Budgetary
Expenditures
(Main Estimates)
2013–2014
Planned
Spending
2013–2014
Planned
Spending
2014–2015
Planned
Spending
2015–2016
3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2

For Program 1.3 (Internal Services), this table summarizes, in full-time equivalents, the staffing planned for 2012–13, 2013–14, and 2014–15.
Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents – FTEs)
2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016
45 45 45

Planning Highlights

Modernizing Programs and Services for Canadians:In 2013–14, SWC will continue to implement information management initiatives to safeguard the agency's information as a strategic asset and to maximize its value in the service of Canadians.