In this audit, we looked at what selected departments and agencies were doing to assess the gender-specific impacts of decisions they make when developing and renewing policy, legislative, and program initiatives.
Gender-based analysis is still not deployed across the federal government twenty years after the government committed to applying this type of analysis to its policy decisions.
While we found that Status of Women Canada, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and the Privy Council Office have made progress in supporting the application of gender-based analysis in the federal government, we also found that the analyses conducted by departments and agencies were not always complete, nor of consistent quality.
This means that gender considerations, including obstacles to the full participation of diverse groups of men and women, are not always considered in government decisions.
This is similar to what we found in our 2009 audit of gender-based analysis.