Through the Gender Results Framework, the federal government is making measurable progress towards Canada’s gender equality goals. On this page, you will find the gender equality goal for gender-based violence and access to justice, why this goal matters, its objectives and indicators, as well as the key Government of Canada initiatives in this area.
Eliminating gender-based violence and harassment, and promoting security of the person and access to justice.
Why this goal matters
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a preventable and significant barrier to gender equality. While anyone can be a victim of violence, women and girls, as well as members of the LGBTQ2 community and non-binary people, face a greater risk of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking. Violence can have impacts on a person’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health, which can span generations. Discrimination, harassment and sexual violence in the workplace can also have profound negative effects on health and safety, absenteeism and decreasing productivity.
Access to and confidence in the criminal justice system is foundational to Canadian society.
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Objectives and indicators
Workplaces are harassment-free
Fewer women are victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault
- 4.2.1 Proportion of women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner
- 4.2.2 Proportion of population who self-reported being sexually assaulted, since age 15
Fewer victims of childhood maltreatment
Fewer women killed by an intimate partner
Increased police reporting of violent crimes
Fewer Indigenous women and girls are victims of violence
4.6.1 Proportion of Indigenous women and girls subjected to physical, sexual or psychological violence, by Indigenous identity
Increased accountability and responsiveness of the Canadian criminal justice system
Key Government of Canada initiatives
- Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence
- Amendments to the Canada Labour Code - leave for victims of family violence (Bill C-63 and Bill C-86)
- Apology to LGBTQ2 communities
- Centre of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness
- Changes to Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) policies to accommodate offenders based on gender identity or expression
- Changes to the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts
- Enhanced mental health supports for women in federal correctional facilities
- Establishment of the LGBTQ2 Secretariat
- Expungement of convictions
- Family Information Liaison Units
- Framework to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions
- Framework to protect federally regulated employees from harassment and violence in the workplace
- Funding for initiatives to address workplace sexual harassment
- Funding for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection
- Funding to prevent teen/youth dating violence
- Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre
- Human Trafficking National Coordination Centre
- Interim Management Advisory Board for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Justice Partnership and Innovation Program – Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls
- LGBTQ2 Class Action Settlement
- LGBTQ2 commemoration
- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- National summit on human trafficking
- Promising Practices to Support Survivors and their Families under the Gender-Based Violence Program
- Reforms to Canada’s family justice system
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s sexual assault review and victim support action plan
- Settlement in Royal Canadian Mounted Police harassment litigation
- Updates to the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code
- The Victims Fund
This section will be updated shortly to include Budget 2019 initiatives related to gender equality.
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