The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is an independent administrative tribunal responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on immigration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law.
The IRB is not responsible for developing public policy, programs/initiatives or services on refugee and immigration matters, as this falls under the mandate of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. When consulted by government on impacts that proposed government policy may have on the IRB’s work, the IRB includes GBA+ considerations in its input as appropriate.
The Board develops operational policy instruments that aim to fill gaps in guidance provided by the Board’s enabling legislation, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and for use internally by the IRB’s decision-makers and support personnel including documents such as the Chairperson’s Guideline on Proceedings before the IRB Involving Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression and the Chairperson Guidelines 4: Women Refugee Claimants Fearing Gender-Related Persecution. GBA+ is used during the development, monitoring and review of these internal policy instruments.