As you may know, this second week of May is the Government of Canada’s GBA Plus Awareness Week (opens in new tab). On this important week of recognizing and promoting the development of gender inclusive policymaking and adopting intersectionality considerations, it’s disheartening and unacceptable that the government is neglecting the very principles for which they are advocating with the unsubstantiated and unfounded three-day in-office mandate. 

Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) considerations and integration are lacking in the Government of Canada’s three-day in-office mandate. This failure: 

  • Disregards the fundamental rights of our members; 
  • Ignores crucial factors such as sex, gender, geography, economic status, mental and physical abilities, and other equity group factors; and 
  • Undermines the government’s commitment to equity and diversity. 

Therefore, ACFO-ACAF is taking immediate action and we have filed a grievance highlighting the employer’s failure to adopt inclusive policymaking based on gender and intersectionality considerations by arbitrarily imposing a three-day in-office mandate. From the impacts on family-related responsibilities, to women in the workforce, to accessibility, to socio-economic disparities and beyond, due consideration of these factors would have undoubtedly emphasized the adverse impacts of this new mandate on the social equity factors of our members who are predominantly women. 

We firmly believe in the importance of intersectionality and the need to integrate diverse equity factors in policymaking – you can rest assured that we are committed to advocating for your rights and ensuring that equitable practices are upheld within your workplaces. 

We will share any further updates on our grievance filing process and on other activities organized in opposition to this mandate once more details can be shared. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out to us.