Policy Change & Advocacy

In conversation with EVA Canada’s member organizations, partners, and other collaborators across the country, EVA Canada works to identify and take action on cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional policy and advocacy issues facing the gender-based violence sector.

We engage in policy change and advocacy through a variety of mechanisms, including developing policy briefs, submitting letters and recommendations to government, making submissions to parliamentary committees, and creating policy tools for others in the sector.


Learn more about our policy change and advocacy efforts:
  • policy briefs / consultation reports / recommendations

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  • submissions to ministers

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  • submissions to government

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  • policy creation & implementation

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  • Sexual Violence: A Public Health Crisis in Need of Proportional Response

    Sexual Violence: A Public Health Crisis in Need of Proportional Response

    Following the 2021 federal election, EVA Canada wanted to ensure that violence against women and gender-based violence were key priorities for the newly elected government. Built on consultations with sexual violence advocates across the country, EVA Canada developed a resource that outlines how and why sexual violence is a key issue for federal, provincial, and territorial governments that should be centered in the action plans put out by party leaders and candidates.

  • Community Engagement Session on Identifying Priorities for Addressing Sexual Violence in the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence
    Community Engagement Session on Identifying Priorities for Addressing Sexual Violence in the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence

    In March 2021, EVA Canada brought together sexual violence advocates from across the country to share their perspective on how the National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence can meet the needs of survivors of sexual violence and the organizations that support them. The recommendations were centered around the proposed pillars of the National Action Plan including: support for survivors and families, social infrastructure and enabling environment (housing and children), promotion of a responsive legal justice system, prevention, and Indigenous-led responses.
  • Submission to the Canadian Armed Forces Survivor Support Consultation Group
    Submission to the Canadian Armed Forces Survivor Support Consultation Group

    Sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has emerged as a significant issue requiring immediate action in order to promote culture change within the institution and to ensure adequate supports are available to survivors of sexual misconduct. EVA Canada participated as a subject matter expert on the Survivor Support Consultation Group to identify and make recommendations toward strengthening the CAF’s approach to supporting survivors of sexual misconduct. Drawing on input from community-based sexual violence advocates, EVA Canada emphasized the need for culture change within the CAF that addresses the systemic causes of sexual violence; ensuring supports that reflect the diverse needs of survivors; and implementing oversight mechanisms that involve external advocates and experts to evaluate and monitor progress.
  • Submission on Sexual Violence and the COVID-19 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology

    Submission  on Sexual Violence and the COVID-19 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology

    On June 15, 2020, EVA Canada made a written submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology on Canada’s Response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this submission, we highlighted the distinct impacts the pandemic holds for organizations and services dedicated to addressing and responding to gender-based violence, and for those at risk of experiencing gender-based violence.

  • Submission on Bill C-5 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
    Submission  on Bill C-5 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights In May 2020, EVA Canada made a written submission  to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-5, an Act to amend the Judges Act and Criminal Code which mandated training on sexual violence for judges.
  • Submission on Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women
    On March 4, 2022, EVA Canada’s Executive Director Erin Whitmore appeared before the Standing Committee on the Status of Women as part of its study on Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence in Canada. In EVA Canada’s submission, we highlighted the urgent need for action on the development of a National Action Plan to Address Gender-Based Violence and Violence Against Women and the need to ensure that survivors of sexual violence and the organizations that support them are included in the committees work on intimate partner and domestic violence.

    Read the written submission here.
  • Gender-Based Violence Settlement Sector National Strategy

    Gender-Based Violence Settlement Sector National Strategy

    With funding from Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC), partners on the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Settlement Strategy Project, including the YMCA of Halifax/Dartmouth, the Ontario Council of Associations Serving Immigrants (OCASI), the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA_ACSEI), and Ending Violence Association of Canada developed a national strategy called the Gender-Based Violence Settlement Sector Strategy. The strategy aims to build a common base of knowledge and coordinate responses to GBV between the settlement and anti-violence sectors. It offers five key priorities for front-line workers who provide programs and services for newcomers, immigrants, and refugees across Canada.

  • CFL Policy on Violence Against Women

    CFL Policy on Violence Against Women

    In August 2015 the CFL Commissioner launched the National CFL Policy on Violence Against Women. This policy developed in partnership with EVA Canada is an example of an initiative aimed at supporting institutional change in a male-dominated sports organization through policy development and implementation. A key component of the policy is the requirement that all CFL employees – players, coaches, officials, executives, and staff – and its Member Clubs undergo mandatory education and training on the policy annually, as well as training on recognizing and preventing gender-based violence. It commits the CFL to respond to incidences and reports of gender-based violence, and to assist those harmed by gender-based violence including seeking behaviour change on the part of the perpetrators. The policy also aims to enhance the awareness and understanding of all current CFL members about gender-based violence and their respective roles and responsibilities in terms of policy implementation, prevention, and response.

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