An internationally used policy and research tool that helps to identify who benefits and who is excluded from an organization’s decisions.
Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women works with Government of Alberta ministries to apply GBA+ to policies, programs and legislation across government. This tool shines a light on how different populations are affected by government work and helps government determine if any group benefits more than others.
Gender is only one factor in how Albertans experience government policies, programs and services. The plus in GBA+ expands the scope, helping government consider other identity factors. These factors include sexual orientation, ethnicity, geography, faith, income, gender identity and gender expression.
A person’s economic status might be the identity factor she uses to decide if a child care option will suit her family. She might think of her physical disability first when dealing with transit issues. GBA+ helps to identify and address consequences of inequality. Knowing Albertans can be affected in different ways helps government develop better policies and programs.
GBA+ training is currently available inside the Government of Alberta, and may later be available to outside organizations.
Organizations interested in learning more can visit the Government of Canada’s website for details.