The National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence

Date: October 20, 2020
Classification: Unclassified
Fully releasable (ATIP)? Yes
Branch / Agency: CSCCB / CPCCJD

Proposed Response:


On December 5, 2019 Statistics Canada released a Juristat report titled “Gender-based violence and unwanted sexual behaviour in Canada, 2018: Initial findings from the Survey of Safety in Public and Private Spaces”. This new self-reported survey of 43,000 Canadians examines the following dimensions of gender-based violence: experiencing unwanted sexual behaviours while in public spaces, while online, or while in the workplace, as well as experiences of assault and sexual assault since the age of 15. The development of this self-reported survey was funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada as part of It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. Results from the survey will assist in the development of indicators used to track progress and monitor trends related to the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV) and harassment and the promotion of security of the person.

Key Highlights

It's Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence
(led by Women and Gender Equality – WAGE)

It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence (the GBV Strategy) was launched in June 2017. This horizontal initiative coordinates the efforts of six departments/federal entities (WAGE, Public Health Agency (PHAC), Public Safety (PS), National Defence (DND), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)) in addressing and preventing GBV in Canada.

The GBV Strategy is designed to support action across three pillars: prevention, support for survivors and families, and legal and justice system responses. Budget 2017 committed investments of $100 million over five years, and $20.7 million per year ongoing, for the implementation of the GBV Strategy.Through these commitments, PS received $1.3 million annually in funding to implement activities to prevent online child sexual exploitation.

Budget 2018 proposed new investments of an additional $86 million over five years, starting in 2018/19, and $20 million per year ongoing, to expand the GBV Strategy. This included a new investment for PS of $4.9 million over five years, beginning in 2018/19, and $1 million per year ongoing to enhance and develop preventative bullying and cyberbullying initiatives.

The COVID‑19 pandemic has highlighted gaps in the very systems designed to keep people safe and amplified the urgency for a National Action Plan (NAP) to end GBV. It has created unprecedented challenges for those experiencing GBV and the organizations that provide supports and services to them. The government has committed a total of $100 million to GBV organizations in COVID-19 emergency relief funding to ensure continuity of services at women’s shelters, sexual assault centres and other organizations providing GBV services at this challenging time.

The GBV NAP has been informed by years of departmental engagement with survivors, direct service providers, experts, advocates, and academics as well as by domestic, parliamentary and international reports and calls to action.

The Department for Women and Gender Equality is advancing the development of the GBV NAP by engaging with other federal government departments; engaging and collaborating with strong support from provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners; and validating gaps and areas of action with stakeholders.

Finally, Public Safety activities to deliver on mandate commitments to strengthen gun control and ban assault-style firearms also directly contribute to reducing domestic and gender based violence (see note on Firearms and Gangs).


Prepared by: Ana Stojanoska, Senior Policy Advisor : 343-572-5513
Approved by: Trevor Bhupsingh, A/ADM, CSCCB, 613-769-3042

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