Section II: Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Strategic Outcome: 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 the International Day of the Girl, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and International Women’s 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+ is an analytical process used to assess the potential impacts of policies, programs or initiatives on diverse groups of women and men, girls and boys. 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 on numerous issues, aligned with the three priority areas (e.g. ending violence against women and girls; supporting the advancement and increased representation of women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles; and improving women’s and girls’ economic security and prosperity). SWC 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.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Main Estimates
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2,142,013 2,142,013 2,140,228 2,140,228
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
17 17 17
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 SWC-led initiatives

March 2016

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/event 75% March 2016
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 50% March 2016
Planning Highlights

In 2015-16, 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, in collaboration with Justice Canada, Public Safety Canada, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, has led the development of a five-year Action Plan to Address Family Violence and Violent Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and Girls. During the planning year, SWC will implement the Action Plan by providing funding for projects and coordinating the work of the federal departments and agencies involved in this initiative. SWC will also collaborate with key partners to facilitate information and knowledge exchange, identify and address new and emerging issues, and seek innovative solutions.
  • Increasing Representation of Women in Leadership and Decision-Making Roles: SWC will promote the implementation of the recommendations made by the Advisory Council on Women on Boards in its report, Good for Business: A Plan to Promote More Women on Canadian Boards. SWC initiatives will include support for ministerial leadership roles in engaging key players to implement strategies that help build the momentum for gender-diversity in private and public sectors. The initiatives will promote best practices that can be used by corporate Canada to advance more women into board positions, and toward achieving the Advisory Council’s recommendation of women occupying 30% of corporate board positions by 2019.
  • Strengthening Implementation of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+): SWC will support federal organizations to build internal capacity to apply GBA+ to the development of policies, programs and legislation. SWC’s accessible Introduction to GBA+ online course, updated and expanded in 2014, will be used as a foundation for the development of targeted training and tools in key sectors. The agency will also broaden its partnerships through support for networking and learning events, and other promotional activities.
  • Promoting Economic Opportunities for Women: SWC will focus on supporting women to succeed in the skilled trades, technical professions and entrepreneurship. This work will be accomplished through initiatives that will address barriers such as: recruitment and retention of women in male-dominated sectors, access to mentors, champions and financial tools and training opportunities for women in key areas of economic growth, including entrepreneurship.

In 2015-16, SWC will continue to support the Minister in her role in intergovernmental and international affairs, including with the 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.

Program 1.2: Advancing Equality for Women

Description

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, 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.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Main Estimates
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
23,155,089 23,155,089 23,151,309 23,151,309
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
36 36 36
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)

70%

March 2016

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) 70% March 2016
Planning Highlights

In 2015–2016, 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 working 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 organizations 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 (WP) at SWC will continue to implement its knowledge management and dissemination strategy to continue to leverage programming expertise in its three priority areas. In implementing its knowledge management and dissemination strategy, the WP continues to create opportunities for dialogue and exchange by, for example, offering information sessions for funded projects, and allowing funding recipients and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge and expertise. The focus will be on strengthening the WP 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.

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. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization, and not those provided to a specific program. The groups of activities 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; and Acquisition Services.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Main Estimates
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
4,245,975 4,245,975 4,241,460 4,241,460
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
43 43 43
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