Supplementary Information Tables 2022 to 2023 Departmental Results Report: Gender Based Analysis Plus

Section 1: Institutional GBA Plus Governance and Capacity

Definition of gender-based analysis plus (GBA plus)

A process used to identify the impacts of policies, programs and services on different groups of:

  • women
  • men
  • gender-diverse people

The "plus" considers many factors, such as race, ethnicity, religion, age, and mental or physical disability.


Our work is guided by the principles and requirements of the Accessible Canada Act . The Act is expected to increase the inclusion and participation of all Canadians. People with disabilities are diverse. Their disabilities can, however, be further amplified, especially in situations where biases occur because of other aspects of their identity, for example, in cases of visible minorities, Indigenous people, members of the LGBTQ2+ community, etc. That is why we encourage diversity within our technical committees. The work of the technical committees must reflect the needs of all Canadians living with disabilities.

We seek to balance technical committee membership to ensure diversity of thought, expertise and lived experiences within the committees. More than 50% of all committee members are people with disabilities, 52% percent are women. Each technical committee also has members who are visible minorities and from Indigenous communities. Over 25% of our staff and over 50% of our Board Members live with a disability.


A 9-member Board of Directors (Board) oversees Accessibility Standards Canada. The Accessible Canada Act requires the government to consider diversity when appointing Directors. This includes having Directors:

  • who are persons with disabilities
  • that reflect the diversity of Canadian society and
  • that reflect the diversity of disabilities faced by Canadians

Directors are mostly persons with disabilities. They represent a variety of disabilities. There is gender equality on the Board. The Board is responsible for setting the organization’s strategic direction. It helps to make sure that GBA plus is included in departmental decision-making.

The organization was established in July 2019. It is a small departmental corporation. It had 57 full-time equivalents (employees) in 2022 to 2023. The organization did not assign employees to GBA plus specifically. Instead, it was a shared responsibility to take GBA plus into consideration during staff recruitment.

Section 2: Gender and Diversity Impacts, by Program

Core responsibility: Accessibility Standards

Program name: Standards Development

Program goals: Developing Accessibility Standards

Target population: People with disabilities

Table 1. Distribution of Benefits



By gender

Broadly gender-balanced

By income level

Somewhat benefits low‑income individuals

By age group

Impacts on generations between youths and seniors

Table 2. Key Program Impact on Gender and Diversity

Target Group

Observed Results

Data Source


People with disabilities

54 % of technical committee members are persons with disabilities.

Program Data

The organization had 8 technical committees operating from April 2021 through to the end of March 2022.


52 % of technical committee members are women.

Program Data

The organization had 8 technical committees operating from April 2021 through to the end of March 2022.

Indigenous Peoples

3 of the 11 funded projects touched on accessibility in Indigenous communities. In addition, 40% of our technical committees included Indigenous persons.

Program Data

The organization funded 11 projects in the priority areas for research during the 2022 to 2023 fiscal year. Accessibility in Indigenous communities was one of the priority areas.

GBA Plus Data Collection Plan:

The application form for our grants and contributions program included questions related to GBA plus. They are also included in the activity-reporting template for current and future funded projects.

Applicants for our grants and contributions program were asked to answer questions about the intersectionality of participants in their projects. By asking these questions, we hope to encourage applicants to consider intersectionality in their projects.

Program name: Outreach and Knowledge Program

Program goals: Establishing relationships with key stakeholders and sharing knowledge with the public.

Target population: People with disabilities

This program supports gender equality in leadership roles and at all levels of decision-making and encourages it in:

  • Leadership and democratic participation
  • Stakeholder Engagement Strategy

Accessibility Standards Canada engages Indigenous peoples and governments. This includes meeting with territories and national indigenous organizations and disability groups. In addition, the organization includes:

  • Indigenous persons on technical committees
  • Research funding for Indigenous led projects

These activities support the GBA plus goals noted above under the standards development program.

Other key program impacts: Not available