Section II: Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

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

Program 1.1: Strategic Advice, Expertise and Promotion of Gender Equality

Description

This program undertakes communication activities to promote Agency initiatives and key commemorative dates (i.e. International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, International Day of the Girl and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women) to increase awareness/build knowledge about the status of women in Canada, as well as to engage Canadians in efforts to advance gender equality.

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

This Program acts as a knowledge broker, exploring gender gaps/issues, providing strategic analysis and advice and facilitating collaboration among key stakeholders, including federal organizations and others in order to influence decision-making and action.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Main Estimates
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
2,144,659 2,144,659 2,144,495 2,144,208
Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
18 18 18
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to Be Achieved
Key stakeholders have access to advice and information to address issues relating to equality between women and men. (Key stakeholders include federal organizations, provinces, territories, civil society and the general public). Number of SWC-led interventions that provide advice and information to address issues relating to equality between women and men. (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.) 6 March 2017
Federal Government officials and key stakeholders have increased knowledge of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+). Key stakeholders include federal organizations, provinces, territories, civil society and the general public. Percentage of respondents that indicate their knowledge of GBA+ has increased following GBA+ training/events. 80% March 2017
Celebration and commemoration events/activities aimed at advancing equality for women and girls are held in Canada. Number of SWC-led celebration and commemoration events/activities held in Canada. 10 March 2017

Planning Highlights

In 2016-17, SWC will undertake a number of key initiatives to implement the priorities presented in Section I of this report:

  • Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls: SWC will lead the development of a federal strategy on gender-based violence, informed by SWC-led consultations with key stakeholders across Canada, including the FPT Status of Women Forum. SWC will also support partners to ensure that the needs of diverse women and girls are considered within the federal strategy and other efforts to prevent and address violence.
  • Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls: SWC will support Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Justice Canada to design and implement a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This will include supporting the pre-inquiry engagement process with Indigenous organizations, families and provincial and territorial governments to determine the scope and focus of the inquiry.
  • Strengthening Implementation of Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+): To implement this priority, SWC will work in collaboration with the Privy Council Office (PCO), Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) and other stakeholders, including federal departments and agencies. To respond to the recommendations of the Auditor General’s 2016 recommendations on GBA implementation, SWC will develop a GBA Strategic Plan for 2016–2020. It is anticipated that the plan will include the following elements:
    • SWC will work with PCO to ensure that GBA is applied to proposals presented for Cabinet decision;
    • SWC will collaborate with TBS in the development of GBA+ guidelines for the evaluation community;
    • SWC will continue to provide targeted GBA expertise and advice to federal organizations in the development of key initiatives;
    • SWC will enhance existing strategies, including tools, training and networking opportunities, so as to continue to build GBA capacity in a wide range of sectors across Government;
    • SWC will develop a more rigorous approach, including monitoring and reporting mechanisms, to track the implementation of GBA, with the aim of demonstrating the impact of this analysis on the lives of Canadians.
  • Increasing Representation of Women in Leadership Roles: SWC will support the increased representation of women across leadership and decision making roles, including boards of directors, Governor-in-Council appointments and elected office. This includes supporting Ministerial activities to promote the advancement of women in leadership, and collaboration with the Privy Council Office to advance gender parity in appointments.
  • Promoting Women’s Economic Security and Prosperity:SWC will focus on enhancing opportunities for women’s increased economic security, including through initiatives that will address barriers such as the gender wage gap, recruitment and retention of women in male-dominated sectors, and access to capital for women entrepreneurs.
  • Across all priorities, SWC will continue its international activities to further Canada’s domestic and foreign policy commitments and meet Canada’s international obligations for advancing gender equality (e.g., Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women) and participating in key international forums (e.g., UN Commission on the Status of 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, services and tools, etc. Projects involve diverse stakeholders, including 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)
2016–17
Main Estimates
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
25,341,251 25,341,251 25,290,890 24,603,890
Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
38 38 38
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). 80% March 2017
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 80% March 2017

Planning Highlights

In 2016–17, 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 support Government priorities by working in collaboration with key stakeholders and taking into consideration the specific ongoing and emerging issues that impact women.

The Agency will continue to support projects that find solutions to systemic barriers women face, focusing on creating levers that enable the conditions for their success. Initiatives will generate progress in each of the three priority areas with an emphasis on leadership. Increasing and strengthening women’s leadership can bring about change and benefits to all SWC priority areas. Initiatives will:

  • 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;
  • identify funding opportunities that support innovative strategies to systematically increase the representation of women in leadership and decision-making roles; and
  • promote economic development / advancement for women and girls and create sustainable opportunities for their economic security and prosperity.

Engagement and Collaboration: The Agency will foster collaboration to help ensure a more coordinated and systematic approach to addressing social issues impacting women in Canada. SWC will identify funding opportunities that facilitate networking among organizations with a shared goal. Initiatives will allow SWC to build partnerships and engage communities and stakeholders working on a common goal to advance gender equality. SWC will also focus on developing and strengthening partnerships where possible, and will work horizontally with federal organizations, other levels of government and key stakeholders. 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: SWC will continue to leverage programming expertise in its three priority areas. Specifically, it will continue to build knowledge of the longstanding and emerging issues impacting women. It will also create opportunities for dialogue and exchange by, for example, piloting an online platform allowing funding recipients and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge and expertise. The focus will be on strengthening SWC capacity to play the role of a 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 equality for women.

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)
2016–17
Main Estimates
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
4,250,414 4,250,414 4,250,089 4,249,507
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
42 42 42
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