Gender-based analysis plus

Section 1: institutional GBA Plus governance and capacity


CCOHS recognizes the importance of Gender-based analysis plus (GBA plus) perspectives and is committed to ensuring diverse groups of workers in Canada benefit from our products and services.


As a micro-sized department, CCOHS does not have resources to dedicate full-time employees to this initiative. However, CCOHS leadership team set the following goals for 2022-23.

  1. To continue to address workplace mental health by providing reliable and credible mental health information, tools, education, and resources to workers and employers in Canada.
  2. To promote greater gender balance in the field of occupational health by promoting the Chad Bradley Scholarship for women and women-identified genders, highlighting the importance of gender equality in the profession of occupational health and safety.
  3. To continue to ensure that all products and services delivered by CCOHS are written in plain language, are accessible, and that the imagery used is inclusive and reflects the diversity of the people of Canada.
  4. To continue to add content to, promote and monitor the usage of, the CCOHS Gender, Work and Health web portal, an online repository of current and relevant research and tools to assist policy makers and employers to integrate gender considerations into their health and safety programs.
  5. To increase and capture CCOHS user GBA plus information by bolstering its website user survey.
  6. To develop an internal framework for diversity and inclusion focused on recruitment strategies that increase social, racial, gender and cultural diversity in the workplace.

Section 2: gender and diversity impacts, by program

Core responsibility:
National Occupational Health and Safety Resource

Program goals: CCOHS is committed to meeting the needs of diverse populations in Canada by ensuring that occupational health and safety resources are available and impactful.

Target population:
Broadly gender-balanced.
Distribution of benefits
Distribution Group
By gender Third group: broadly gender-balanced

Specific demographic group outcomes

CCOHS provides a wide range of occupational health and safety resources that may indirectly benefit all demographic groups. Targeted resources directly benefit a number of demographic groups such as women, persons with disabilities, youth or students, and newcomers or immigrants.

Key program impacts* on gender and diversity

Key program impact statistics
Statistic Observed results* Data source Comment
Statistics on gender, diverse people from online user survey.
  • 1.21% non-binary, 51.64% women, 42.63% men
  • 6.03% 2SLGBTQI
  • 5.14% Indigenous
  • 13.17% visibly racial
  • 8.61% Newcomer to Canada
  • 10.71% living with disability
Online user survey Multiple iterations of the survey were run this fiscal to support the addition of GBA+ (gender-based analysis plus) questions.

*2022–23 or most recent

Other key program impacts

Not available.

GBA Plus data collection plan
CCOHS includes voluntary questions in its web survey related to gender, 2SLGBTQI, racialized and Indigenous people, and those living with disabilities.
Each time a new user visits the CCOHS website, they will receive a pop-up message inviting them to provide feedback. The survey received 12,637 responses throughout the year, which was lower than previous years. The addition of the GBA plus is believed to have contributed to the decline in responses, however response rates were improved by having the survey function only show the GBA plus question once a respondent had agreed to answer additional demographic questions.
This information provides CCOHS with demographic characteristics of users to help determine whether information and services are addressing the needs of diverse populations in our country.


Gender scale

  • First group: predominantly men (80% or more men)
  • Second group: 60% to 79% men
  • Third group: broadly gender-balanced
  • Fourth group: 60% to 79% women
  • Fifth group: predominantly women (80% or more women)

Income-level scale

  • First group: strongly benefits low-income individuals (strongly progressive)
  • Second group: somewhat benefits low-income individuals (somewhat progressive)
  • Third group: no significant distributional impacts
  • Fourth group: somewhat benefits high-income individuals (somewhat regressive)
  • Fifth group: strongly benefits high-income individuals (strongly regressive)

Age-group scale

  • First group: primarily benefits youth, children or future generations
  • Second group: no significant intergenerational impacts or impacts on generations between youths and seniors
  • Third group: primarily benefits seniors or the baby boom generation