Status of Women Canada - Report


Section II: Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Strategic Outcome 1: Equality between women and men is promoted and advanced in Canada

Program 1.1 – Leadership, Expertise and Advice

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 work 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 dollars, Status of Women Canada's main estimates for 2014-2015 and planned spending for the period 2014-2015 to 2016-2017.

 
Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2014–15
Main Estimates
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2,136,900 2,136,900 2,136,900 2,136,900
 

For Program 1.1 (Leadership, Expertise and Advice), this table summarizes, in full-time equivalents, Status of Women Canada's human resources for the period 2014-2015 to 2016-2017.

 
Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
17 17 17

For Program 1.1 (Leadership, Expertise and Advice), this table highlights the expected results, performance indicators, targets and date to achieve results.

 
Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date
to be
Achieved
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. (Key stakeholders include federal organizations, provinces, territories, civil society and the general public). Number of SWC-led interventions* that provide advice and information. 5 Annual
target,
starting
March 31,
2014
Through the provision of SWC expertise, federal government officials and key stakeholders have increased knowledge of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). (Key stakeholders include representatives from provinces, territories, civil society and the general public.) Percentage of respondents that indicate their knowledge of GBA+ has increased following GBA+ training/events. 70 per cent Annual
target,
starting
March 31,
2014
Canadian media reports on contribution made by SWC towards advancing equality for women and girls. Percentage of SWC-led initiatives that result in media reports 20 per cent Annual
target,
starting
March 31,
2014

* 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. For example, leading Canada’s participation at the UN Commission on the Status of Women requires 6–8 months of preparation.

Planning Highlights

In 2014–2015, SWC will carry out the following activities to implement priorities identified in Section I of this report:

 
Addressing Violence against Women and Girls: In collaboration with key partners and stakeholders, SWC will address issues, including: sexual violence, cyberviolence and others. SWC will continue to work through its Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Forum and with other federal organizations to share evidence on the nature, extent and impacts of violence against women and girls.

 
Increasing Representation of Women in Leadership and Decision-Making Roles: SWC will continue to highlight the benefits of having more women in these roles and exchange, with key partners, knowledge and strategies to address barriers. The agency will support ministerial leadership on the issue of gender balance on corporate boards in Canada, fulfilling the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012 commitment.

 
Promoting Economic Opportunities for Women: SWC will work with relevant partners to support women in entrepreneurship, skilled trades and technical professions. This includes exchanging knowledge and examining strategies and best practices to address barriers and improve awareness of the benefits of increased gender balance in entrepreneurship, skilled trades and technical professions.

 
Strengthening Implementation of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+): SWC will support federal organizations to build GBA+ capacity among their staff and to apply it to their policies, programs and initiatives. SWC will expand partnerships to promote GBA+ in new federal organizations in the economic, science-based and security sectors. Focus will also be placed on updating and promoting GBA+ training tools, including the online training available on SWC’s website, as core to the competencies required to apply GBA+ across all sectors.

The agency will continue to support the Minister in fulfilling her role in intergovernmental and international affairs, including for the annual meeting of federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for the Status of Women and as Head of the Canadian Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The agency will also lead the preparation of Canada’s country reports relating to the National Reviews on the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and Canada’s 8th and 9th periodic reports on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.
 

Program 1.2 – Advancing Equality for Women

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 Canadian organizations to support community-based action by carrying out projects 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 to 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 dollars, Status of Women Canada's main estimates for 2014-2015 and planned spending for the period 2014-2015 to 2016-2017.

 
Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2014–15
Main Estimates
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
24,267,723 24,267,723 24,180,390 24,180,390
 

For Program 1.2 (Advancing Equality for Women), this table summarizes, in full-time equivalents, Status of Women Canada's human resources for the period 2014-2015 to 2016-2017.

 
Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
36 36 36

For Program 1.2 (Advancing Equality for Women), this table highlights the expected results, performance indicators, targets and date to achieve results.

 
Performance Measurement
 
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date
to be
Achieved
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 Annual
target,
starting
March 31, 2014
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 Annual
target,
starting
March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights

In 2014–2015, SWC will carry out the following activities to implement the priorities identified in Section I of this report.

 
Strategic Investments: SWC will continue to invest strategically, focusing on equality for women, in areas where there is a clear potential for making a difference in the lives of women and girls in Canada. SWC will continue to respond to government priorities by identifying, in collaboration with key stakeholders and taking into consideration the priorities of women, specific issues, both ongoing and emerging, to be addressed in the planning year.

Through targeted funding strategies, the agency will continue to support projects that find solutions to barriers women face, focusing on creating levers that enable the conditions for their success. Projects will:

  • promote economic development for women and girls and create sustainable opportunities for their economic security and prosperity;
  • seek to end violence against women and girls, including by giving special consideration to projects that target specific issues such as the root causes of violence; and
  • identify funding opportunities that support innovative or proven strategies in increasing the representation of women in leadership and decision-making roles.

 
Community Engagement and Collaboration: The agency will foster collaboration and identify funding opportunities that facilitate the networking of organizations with a shared goal. Targeted funding initiatives will allow SWC to build partnerships and engage communities and stakeholders who have an interest in advancing gender equality. Efforts will be made to explore opportunities with new audiences. SWC will also focus on developing and strengthening partnerships with its own networks and, where possible, work horizontally with federal departments and others. A collaborative approach will help ensure that issues impacting women are widely recognized and addressed, increasing ownership and the likelihood of sustainability of initiatives within communities across Canada.

 
Knowledge-Brokering: The Women’s Program at SWC will begin implementing its knowledge management and dissemination strategy to continue to leverage programming expertise in its three priority areas. The focus will be on strengthening the Women’s Program capacity to play the role of knowledge broker by identifying, promoting and creating opportunities for knowledge sharing, in particular facilitating access to expertise and networking needed by organizations and stakeholders to more effectively advance gender equality.
 

Program 1.3 – Internal Services

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 those provided specifically to a program.

For Program 1.3 (Internal Services), this table summarizes, in dollars, Status of Women Canada's main estimates for 2014-2015 and planned spending for the period 2014-2015 to 2016-2017.

 
Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
 
2014–15
Main Estimates
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
3,203,107 3,203,107 3,199,107 3,199,107
 

For Program 1.3 (Internal Services), this table summarizes, in full-time equivalents, Status of Women Canada's human resources for the period 2014-2015 to 2016-2017.

 
Human Resources (FTEs)
 
2014–15 2015–16 2016–17
43 43 43