Introduction to GBA Plus

Applying GBA Plus by function

For legal counsel

Illustration of a character holding a gavel.

Some considerations:

  • The federal government is responsible for promoting respect for rights and freedoms, the law and the Constitution. One of its aims is to ensure that Canada is a just and law-abiding society with an accessible, efficient and fair system of justice.
  • Various groups of people and their rights may be affected differently by emergencies and responses to emergencies.
  • There may be specific legal obligations to particular groups, such as Indigenous peoples.


  • Consider risk in terms of how different people might be affected – and ensure that planned efforts mitigate those risks and do not negatively affect one group more than another.
  • Consider the Charter and human rights implications of various policy and legislative proposals. Identify potentially discriminatory aspects and seek alternative measures to mitigate the legal risks.