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Supplementary Information Tables: Gender-based Analysis Plus2021–22 Departmental Plan

Gender-based Analysis Plus

Institutional GBA+ Capacity


In 2021–22, the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer will be formalizing a governance structure by creating a Centre of Expertise. This will allow various sectors of the agency to benefit from strengthened internal capacity and ensure data is collected to support GBA+ consistently across the organization. The specific details of the centre remain to be determined.


The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer conducts public opinion research (POR) with multiple audiences, including electors, candidates and election workers. The resulting survey data allows for analysis based on gender, age, disability, Indigenous identity, immigrant status, and ethnic or cultural background. This enables GBA+ for various programs, products, and services, including the Voter Information Campaign.

The GBA+ centre of expertise will assess whether more sources of data can be leveraged for GBA+ and ensure that all programs, where relevant, are equipped for GBA+.

The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer's work is tied to electoral cycles: data collection takes place during and shortly after electoral events (mostly general elections) and after by-elections, though on a smaller scale. In 2021–22, measures will be in place to collect data in a general election, if it is called. If there is no election, the agency will focus on analysis of existing data collected in 2019.

Note on the Gender Results Framework

The Chief Electoral Officer is an officer of Parliament and, as such, remains independent of the Government and its objectives. The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer does not work to support any specific goal under the Gender Results Framework. However, the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer's programming supports broad electoral participation by all segments of society, including women and under-represented groups, with a focus on groups that face documented barriers to voting: youth, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) electors, electors with a disability, and new Canadians. The agency's Inspire Democracy program specifically provides information to make it easier for all Canadians to register, vote, work at the polls or become candidates in a federal election.

Highlights of Capacity for GBA+ Results Reporting by Program
Public Education and Information This program collects enough data to monitor and report program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA+). The 2019 National Elector Study (NES) marked a shift in the agency's approach to POR from administering several smaller surveys to one large, longitudinal study. This shift made it possible to collect more detailed socio-demographic information from a larger sample of electors, which in turn expands GBA+ possibilities. In addition to the NES, the agency's POR program for the 2019 general election also included surveys with specific audiences, including special ballot voters and campus electors, election workers, candidates, registered third parties and outreach stakeholder groups. In 2021–22, the agency will focus on analyzing the wealth of POR data collected during the 2019 election, applying a GBA+ lens to our analyses. If there is a federal general election in 2021–22, the agency will be ready to conduct a new edition of the NES, along with surveys of candidates and election workers; and it will ensure that these surveys continue to collect socio-demographic data to enable GBA+.