Departmental Plan 2023-24

Supplementary information tables

Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

Institutional GBA+ Capacity

CAS is committed to using a GBA+ lens in developing policies, programs and initiatives, including considering differentiated impacts on diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people. The CAS Responsibility Center for developing, monitoring and implementing GBA+ practices is the Human Resources Directorate, which is responsible for collaborating with other portfolio leads within the organization to develop an approach to ensure the proper application of GBA+ analysis in decision-making.

Highlights of GBA+ Results Reporting Capacity by Program

Judicial and Registry Services

The Courts' primary responsibility is to administer justice by ensuring that disputes brought before them are settled in accordance with Canada's laws and founded upon Constitutional and Rule of Law principles. Stakeholders bringing matters before the Courts represent a cross-section of the Canadian population. Beyond this, this program does not collect sufficient data to enable it to monitor and/or report program impacts by gender and diversity according to the Government of Canada’s GBA+ process.

CAS is assessing methods for collecting data to track and report on the effects of its programs on different genders and diverse groups using the Government of Canada's Gender Based Analysis process. In the 2023–24 fiscal year, CAS will include enhanced GBA+ in budget requests and Treasury Board submissions.

In 2023–24, CAS is launching a five-year program to build, expand and modernize our court facilities and courtrooms across Canada. In consideration of the differentiated needs of diverse groups of women, men and non-binary people, CAS’s program will include a GBA+ analysis in decision-making. For example, it is expected that new court facilities will include gender-neutral bathrooms/robing rooms to provide a safe and private spaces that are inclusive and accessible to all.

United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

Courts Administrative Services (CAS)

CAS’s contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Planned initiatives Associated domestic targets or “ambitions” and/or global targets

SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Committee
In line with its commitment to upholding the highest standards of work ethics and values, CAS established the Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Committee (DIAC). The mission of DIAC is to promote inclusivity, transparency, respect, and wellness for all. As part of this commitment, CAS is dedicated to employment equity to ensure that its workforce is treated fairly and respectfully throughout the organization.

Accessibility Plan 2022–2025
CAS has developed a comprehensive 3-year Accessibility Plan that outlines specific actions to identify and remove barriers to accessibility for people with disabilities, while ensuring that no new barriers are created in the process.

Updated CAS Facilities
In 2023-24, CAS will begin to implement a multi-year plan to expand and improve national court facilities, including courtrooms, made possible after securing an historic investment in facilities and infrastructure. This will improve access to justice for Canadians across the country as well as ensure the accessibility, security and sustainability of court facilities.

To further CAS’s engagement on nurturing inclusiveness and equity in the workplace, CAS has provided several learning and training services to carry out initiatives and actions aiming at achieving our goals in terms of diversity, inclusion and anti-racism.

CAS currently has training in the following areas:

  1. Promoting Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces and Mitigating Biases
  2. Anti-racism
  3. Indigenous Learning
  4. 2SLGBTQI+

The Accessible Canada Act was enacted in July 2019 with the goal of eliminating barriers for people with disabilities and aiming at Canada being fully accessible by 2040.

To achieve CAS's goal, the organization will maintain transparency and accountability throughout the implementation of this plan by regularly monitoring and reporting on the progress made in each priority area.

For questions related to this Supplementary Information Table, please contact the SDG Unit at ESDC: