Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+)

General Information
Governance structures

The RCMP has been a member of the federal gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) Interdepartmental Committee (Defence and Security cluster) since 2015.

In April 2017, the RCMP appointed a new Director of GBA+ to oversee GBA+ implementation across the Force. This position reports through the Workforce Culture and Employment Engagement (WCEE) unit, which was established in 2016 to provide greater coordination and oversight for gender, diversity, and inclusion initiatives across the RCMP.

As part of enhancing GBA+ implementation, in 2017-18 individual GBA+ awareness sessions were held across all major RCMP business lines, and with senior executive teams in all divisions. Over 5,000 RCMP employees have completed the Status of Women Canada's Introduction to GBA+ online course, which has also recently been made mandatory for all applicants to the Officer Candidate Program.

GBA+ implementation will continue in 2018-19, including through the appointment of additional dedicated GBA+ resources and the establishment of an RCMP intra-departmental GBA+ committee. The WCEE unit will provide centralized advice and support for the routine application of GBA+ to RCMP policies and programs including reporting on GBA+ initiatives to the RCMP Senior Executive Committee.

Human resources

Once fully staffed, the GBA+ Responsibility Centre will include six full-time employees.

Part-time GBA+ Focal Points have been identified in Federal Policing and the Strategic Policy and Planning Directorate. A number of Divisions have also assigned staff to undertake specific GBA+ projects.

Planned initiatives

In 2018-19, a GBA+ project will be undertaken on the RCMP recruiting process, led by the RCMP GBA+ Responsibility Centre. It will include consultations with internal and external stakeholders, as well as members of the federal Security and Intelligence (S&I) Diversity and Inclusion Tiger Team.

The objectives include:

  • Gathering information on known barriers to the recruitment of diverse applicants;
  • Identifying both formal and informal gender and diversity considerations at each stage of the recruitment, and where unintended bias and/or barriers may occur; and
  • Developing recommendations for future strategies.

Recommendations will be provided to RCMP senior management in late spring 2018. The results will also be shared with federal S&I agencies.

The RCMP's GBA+ responsibility centre is also coordinating a GBA+ project to examine areas of the RCMP which show persistently low rates of gender diversity, including Emergency Response Teams, service dog handlers, and protective services. The objective is to examine the formal policies and processes, as well as any systemic and/or informal characteristics of these units, in order to identify barriers to diversity. The project will rely on internal data sources and relevant work in other policing organizations, as well as external research on other low-diversity sectors [such as the Science, Technology, Math, Engineering (STEM) fields], recognizing common characteristics that impact women and or/diverse groups' equal participation. The goal is to develop recommendations for mitigation strategies to increase the diversity of these units over the long term.

The RCMP's Contract Policing will implement GBA+ in its assessment and exploration of options for new preventative tactics, officer safety equipment, less lethal options, and intervention tools. Reporting of GBA+ will represent a component of the analysis, with close consultation and reporting occurring in concert with the RCMP's GBA+ Responsibilities Centre.

The RCMP will be using GBA+ in the development of cultural competency and trauma-informed gender-based violence (GBV) training for RCMP employees. This training will improve the capacity across the RCMP to effectively respond to GBV in a gender and culturally sensitive manner. This work will commence in fiscal year 2018-19 and continue through 2021-22.

The RCMP will pilot the use of a GBA+ tool for instructional designers. The Canadian Police College (CPC) will apply the GBA+ Instructional Design Tool to its Clandestine Laboratories Investigation Course (CLIC) this year. Following the pilot, the CPC will begin applying this new tool to all course standards and other training tools as they become due for updating. Eventually, each CPC course will have a GBA+ analysis report demonstrating compliance with the guiding principles, where applicable. In addition, the RCMP's training academy, Depot, will also pilot the use of a GBA+ tool, to be developed by Status of Women Canada, specifically for instructional designers to examine a sample of Depot's learning material. All information gathered from the examination will be provided to Depot's Human Resources sector for follow-up.

The RCMP is also committed to the application of GBA+ in the development of horizontal federal initiatives. In 2018-19, the RCMP will examine how GBA+ can be applied to its eight Federal Policing priority areas: money laundering/terrorist financing; illegal migration/human smuggling; suspected terrorists; cyber fundamentals; market enforcement; opioids; outlaw motorcycle gangs; and security for Canada's G7 Presidency Year. The RCMP will work with its key partners to ensure that GBA+ is considered in developing key strategies and frameworks related to these priority areas.

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