Introduction to GBA+

Training and tools

The development of relevant training and tools is a critical element in the implementation and sustainability of GBA+.

Training helps to transfer the practical knowledge required to implement GBA+ within an organization, and it prepares employees to apply GBA+ to their own work. Different approaches to training may be necessary to inform different parts of your organization – senior management, analysts, and functional specialists may all require different information in order to apply GBA+ to their work. Case studies and illustrative examples that reflect the specific working environment or subject-matter are excellent tools for GBA+ training.

The development of specific GBA+ guidance documents is also important. These may include guides, manuals and checklists, which provide guidance on how GBA+ can be applied to a certain function or process. Internal GBA+ tools can also provide clarity and guidance on the GBA+ process related to the specific organization.

GBA+ framework - Training and Tools

Case Study: GBA+ framework in a public security organization

Case Study: GBA+ framework in a public security organization

4 - Training and tools

The GBA+ working group has met to discuss what type of GBA+ training will be useful for RPD employees. There is a sense that many in the organization view GBA+ as something that relates only to human resources and employment equity, and there is not a clear understanding of how it could be applied in the department.

The working group has tasked several members to develop a training plan for the department. In order to raise greater awareness and to develop GBA+ competencies, the workplan will identify targeted training opportunities for:

  • Senior management
  • Civilian and operational staff

The Training Plan will use several strategies:

  • Leveraging existing mandatory training
  • Utilizing external resources
  • Learning and awareness events

The GBA+ champion will provide a briefing on GBA+ at an upcoming executive committee meeting, to explain what GBA+ is and how it may help the department to meet its objectives.

All police officers currently have three days of mandatory training per year. This includes training on the use of force, new legislation, first aid, and a refresher course on subjects such as domestic abuse and Indigenous awareness.

The GBA+ working group is recommending that the mandatory officer training be modified to include GBA+ training.

The working group is also recommending that all managers and civilian staff take the two-hour GBA+ online training course on the Status of Women Canada website. In addition, an expert on GBA+ in public security will be contracted to develop specialized case studies to be used in a half-day training session, which will be open to all employees.

The working group is also recommending that the department seek out opportunities to host learning and awareness events on gender and diversity in policing.

Based on periodic progress evaluations and the feedback received on the effectiveness/relevance of training, the working group will develop more specific guides, manuals, and checklists to help meet identified departmental needs.