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CICS Departmental Plan 2024-25: Gender-based analysis plus

General information: Institutional GBA Plus capacity


The Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat’s (CICS) only program is to provide continuity of planning and archival services, and impartial administrative support, for federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) and provincial-territorial (PT) conferences of first ministers, ministers, and deputy ministers, throughout Canada.

CICS does not work directly with the public, nor does it choose its clientele in any sense; it works in close collaboration to support its clients which are other federal, provincial, and territorial government departments. CICS is called upon to respond to decisions taken by governments to meet on key national or specific issues; decisions concerning the content, participants, and location of such meetings are all factors beyond the control of the Secretariat.


CICS has included mandatory training on diversity and inclusion in all employees’ learning plans, in addition to training on unconscious bias, to ensure that GBA Plus and inclusivity is being considered in its service delivery and policy development whenever possible. In  2024-25, CICS will continue to promote learning and development opportunities to increase GBA Plus capacity, including promoting gender-neutral communication. Emphasis will also be placed on addressing accessibility barriers identified in our 2023-25 Accessibility Plan to facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities to our conference and office environments.

Highlights of GBA Plus results reporting by program

Conference Services

CICS’ program does not collect any data to enable it to monitor and/or report program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA Plus).