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Feminist and Inclusive Dialogue (CA0071)



Action Plan: Canada Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Canada School of Public Service (CSPS); Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC); Statistics Canada (StatCan); Status of Women Canada (SWC); Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS); other departments and agencies across the Government of Canada

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Gender, Marginalized Communities, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Feminist and inclusive dialogue
Issue to be addressed
Open government should benefit all Canadians. Yet many communities continue to be
under-represented in government engagement processes. These communities seeking equality
can include women, girls, LGBTQ2 people, racialized communities, persons with disabilities,
young Canadians, low-income Canadians, and others who face barriers in accessing government
information and participating meaningfully in the government’s decision-making
The Government of Canada will support greater inclusion and diversity in its public
engagement. We will apply an intersectional9 lens to open government activities and work to
ensure that the voices and experiences of marginalized and under-represented communities
are represented, considered, and included. In particular, we will:
• test ways to make government engagement and consultation processes more open to
• implement Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) in public engagements and consultations
• build capacity for governments officials to design, facilitate, and support open and
inclusive dialogue
• engage Canadians on gender equality
• support initiatives that build the capacity and longer term viability of women’s
• increase access to gender and inclusion data
• put people with lived experiences of the consequences of public policy, including
members of vulnerable communities such as persons who are homeless or in poverty, at
the centre of Government of Canada policy design processes
• ensure our own National Action Plan on Open Government is as inclusive as possible by
conducting a rigorous analysis of gender-based impacts of all commitments10

9. Intersectionality refers to the idea that individuals’ lived experiences, and the organization of power in society,
are not only shaped by a single factor (such as gender, race, or social class) but by many factors that work together
and influence each other. These factors can include gender, race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual
orientation, religion, age, disability and illness, as well as other forms of identity. For more a more detailed
definition, check our Annex B [link to follow].
10. This type of analysis is known in the Government of Canada as “Gender-Based Analysis Plus” (GBA+). GBA+ is
an analytical tool used to assess how diverse groups of women, men, and gender-diverse people may experience
policies, programs, and initiatives. The “Plus” in GBA+ acknowledges that GBA goes beyond biological (sex) and
Lead department(s)
Canada School of Public Service (CSPS); Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC);
Statistics Canada (StatCan); Status of Women Canada (SWC); Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
(TBS); other departments and agencies across the Government of Canada
What will we do? How we will know we succeeded? What is our
8.1 Test best practices for
inclusive dialogue and
10 public engagement or
awareness-raising sessions organized in
partnership with community
organizations representing
equality-seeking communities
April 2020
At least 4 best practices tested as part of
in-person events, for example, use of
alternative venues, event amenities such
as child care and transportation, and
event structure
Report on inclusive engagement practices
and guidance for government
departments published
August 2020
8.2 Promote development of
skills and competencies
required to design, facilitate,
and support open and inclusive
dialogue in policy
development, with support
materials and capacity building
Competencies for supporting open and
inclusive dialogue are part of a policy
competency framework for public
March 2019
Capacity-building activities are developed
and offered to public servants
September 2019
Open and inclusive dialogue case studies
and supporting materials are published
and shared with the public
September 2019
8.3 Implement Gender-Based
Analysis Plus (GBA+) in public
engagement and consultations
A guide to integrate GBA+ in public
consultations and engagement has been
December 2018

socio-cultural (gender) differences. We all have multiple identity factors that intersect to make us who we are, so
GBA+ also considers many other identity factors, like race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability.
What will we do? How we will know we succeeded? What is our
(SWC) developed and implemented, as part of
the Guide to Public Engagement
8.4 Engage Canadians on
gender equality by hosting a
national roundtable on GBA+,
leading a national conversation
on gender equality with young
Canadians, and developing a
strategy that engages men and
boys as partners in advancing
gender equality
In-person or online engagement sessions
• Roundtable: targeting approximately
250 stakeholders reached in person
• Engaging men and boys: targeting
approximately 90 organizations
engaged on the development of a
June 2020
Engagement sessions include
participation from youth, Indigenous
people, officials from different levels of
government, academics, civil society
representatives, and industry
Information discussed during
engagement sessions are shared in public
reports (for example, What We Heard
Reports, website platform)
8.5 Support initiatives that
build the capacity and
longer-term viability of
women’s organizations
Capacity supports (for example,
resources, tools, strategic plans,
sustainability plans) are generated by
funded projects
June 2020
8.6 Increase access to relevant
and timely gender and
inclusion data
More than 50 indicators are released to
improve access to sex-disaggregated and
gender data to support GBA+ analysis
June 2019
Data strategies are developed, including
concepts and standards, to address gaps
as the relate to the concerns of LGBTQ2
October 2019
A gender-based violence (GBV)
knowledge centre is established to serve
Fall 2018
What will we do? How we will know we succeeded? What is our
as a hub to coordinate federal initiatives
under Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and
Address Gender-Based Violence, support
data collection and research, and
disseminate and mobilize GBV-related
knowledge and evidence
Annual reports to Canadians on the GBV
Strategy’s results are released
June 2020
Data and research in priority areas
related to gender-based violence are
June 2020
8.7 Put people with lived
experiences of the
consequences of public policy,
including members of
vulnerable communities such
as persons who are homeless
or in poverty, at the centre of
Government of Canada policy
design processes
A Federal Housing Advocate and National
Housing Council are appointed and are
starting to consult and collaborate with
stakeholders, including people with lived
experience of housing need and
August 2020
An independent National Advisory
Council on Poverty is established to
provide advice to the Minister of Families,
Children and Social Development. The
Council will be representative of Canada's
diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity,
regions, Indigenous people, and official
languages, and include members with
lived experience of poverty
December 2019
8.8 Conduct GBA+ for all
commitments in Canada’s
fourth National Action Plan on
Open Government
A feminist and inclusive peer review of
National Action Plan commitments has
been conducted
August 2018
A GBA+ review of National Action Plan
commitments has been completed
October 2018


  1. User-Friendly Open Government

    CA0064, 2018, Access to Information

  2. Financial Transparency and Accountability

    CA0065, 2018, Access to Information

  3. Corporate Transparency

    CA0066, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  4. Digital Government and Services

    CA0067, 2018, Automated Decision-Making

  5. Open Science

    CA0068, 2018, Access to Information

  6. Healthy Democracy

    CA0069, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  7. Access to Information

    CA0070, 2018, Access to Information

  8. Feminist and Inclusive Dialogue

    CA0071, 2018, Capacity Building

  9. Reconciliation and Open Government

    CA0072, 2018, Access to Information

  10. Open Government Community

    CA0073, 2018, Access to Information

  11. Enhance Access to Information

    CA0042, 2016, Access to Information

  12. Streamline Requests for Personal Information

    CA0043, 2016, E-Government

  13. Expand and Improve Open Data

    CA0044, 2016, Access to Information

  14. Provide and Preserve Open Information

    CA0045, 2016, E-Government

  15. Define an Approach for Measuring Open Government Performance

    CA0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Develop Open Government Skills Across the Federal Public Service

    CA0047, 2016, Access to Information

  17. Embed Transparency Requirements in the Federal Service Strategy

    CA0048, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Enhance Access to Culture & Heritage Collections

    CA0049, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Enhance Openness of Information on Government Spending and Procurement

    CA0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Increase Transparency of Budget and Other Department of Finance Information

    CA0051, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Starred commitment Increase Transparency of Grants and Contributions Funding

    CA0052, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. Improve Public Information on Canadian Corporations

    CA0053, 2016, E-Government

  23. Increase the Availability and Usability of Geospatial Data

    CA0054, 2016, Access to Information

  24. Increase Openness of Federal Science Activities (Open Science)

    CA0055, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Stimulate Innovation through Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX)

    CA0056, 2016, Access to Information

  26. Align Open Data Across Canada (Open Data Canada)

    CA0057, 2016, Access to Information

  27. Implement the Extractives Sector Transparency Measures Act

    CA0058, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  28. Support Openness and Transparency Initiatives Around the World

    CA0059, 2016, Access to Information

  29. Engage Civil Society on Open Government

    CA0060, 2016, Public Participation

  30. Enable Open Dialogue and Open Policy Making

    CA0061, 2016, Capacity Building

  31. Promote Open Government Globally

    CA0062, 2016, Access to Information

  32. Engage Canadians to Improve Key Canada Revenue Agency Services

    CA0063, 2016, Access to Information

  33. Implement Directive on Open Government

    CA0030, 2014, Access to Information

  34. Starred commitment Open Data Canada

    CA0031, 2014, Access to Information

  35. Canadian Open Data Exchange (ODX)

    CA0032, 2014, Access to Information

  36. Open Data for Development

    CA0033, 2014, Access to Information

  37. Open Data Core Commitment

    CA0034, 2014, Access to Information

  38. Starred commitment Open Science

    CA0035, 2014, Public Participation

  39. Starred commitment Mandatory Reporting on Extractives

    CA0036, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  40. Open Contracting

    CA0037, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  41. Open Information on Budgets and Expenditures

    CA0038, 2014, Fiscal Openness

  42. Digital Literacy

    CA0039, 2014, Capacity Building

  43. Open Information Core Commitment

    CA0040, 2014, Access to Information

  44. Consulting Canadians

    CA0041, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  45. Starred commitment International Aid Transparency Initiative: Publish Plan to Make CIDA Activities Available and Accessible

    CA0010, 2012, Aid

  46. International Aid Transparency Initiative: Implement Plan

    CA0011, 2012, Aid

  47. Opening Government of Canada Records: Increase Access to Archived Federal Documents at Library and Archives Canada

    CA0012, 2012, Records Management

  48. Opening Government of Canada Records: Issue New Mandatory Policy on Document Classification

    CA0013, 2012, Records Management

  49. Opening Government of Canada Records: Make Classified Information Available Online

    CA0014, 2012, E-Government

  50. GCDOCS: Deploy Wave One of Electronic Record and Document Management Solution

    CA0015, 2012, E-Government

  51. GCDOCS: Deploy Across Federal Government

    CA0016, 2012, E-Government

  52. GCWEB: Develop Consolidated Web Presence

    CA0017, 2012, E-Government

  53. GCWEB: Implement New Platform

    CA0018, 2012, E-Government

  54. Data.Gc.Ca: Expand Number of Datasets Available

    CA0019, 2012, Access to Information

  55. Data.Gc.Ca: Implement Data.Gc.Ca Portal

    CA0020, 2012, Access to Information

  56. Data.Gc.Ca: Improve Standardization of Data

    CA0021, 2012, Access to Information

  57. Government of Canada Resource Management Data: Publish Resource Management and Performance Data

    CA0022, 2012, Access to Information

  58. Government of Canada Resource Management Data: Enhance Search and Data Tools

    CA0023, 2012, Access to Information

  59. Consulting Canadians: Develop New Platform for Consultation

    CA0024, 2012, E-Government

  60. Consulting Canadians: Develop Standard Approach to Use of Social Media

    CA0025, 2012, E-Government

  61. Consulting Canadians: Pilot a Crowdsourcing Initiative

    CA0026, 2012, E-Government

  62. Consulting Canadians: Enable Use of Common Online Tools

    CA0027, 2012, E-Government

  63. Open Regulation: Federal Regulators to Post Forward Regulatory Plans

    CA0028, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  64. Open Regulation: Simplify Engagement Activities

    CA0029, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  65. Open Government Directive: Issue Directive on Open Government

    CA0001, 2012, E-Government

  66. Open Government Directive: Implement Directive on Open Government

    CA0002, 2012, E-Government

  67. Starred commitment Open Government Licence: Issue Open Government Licence

    CA0003, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  68. Starred commitment Open Government Licence: Adopt Open Government Licence

    CA0004, 2012,

  69. Modernising Administration of Access to Information: Pilot of Online Request and Payment Service

    CA0005, 2012, Access to Information

  70. Modernising Administration of Access to Information: Implement ATI Solution

    CA0006, 2012, Access to Information

  71. Modernising Administration of Access to Information: Make Completed ATI Request Summaries Searchable

    CA0007, 2012, Access to Information

  72. Virtual Library: Begin Design of Virtual Library

    CA0008, 2012, E-Government

  73. Virtual Library: Launch Virtual Library

    CA0009, 2012, E-Government

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