Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health


June 20, 2002
The Hon. Anne McLellan, P.C., M.P.,
Minister of Health,
0916A Brooke Claxton Building, 16th Floor,
Tunney’s Pasture,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9

Dear Ms. McLellan.

At the recent Annual General Meeting of the National Council of Women of Canada, a motion was passed unanimously directing the President to write to you (with copies to the Prime Minister and other Ministers) expressing NCWC members’ deep concern and dismay that the funding support for the Women’s Health Centres of Excellence has been so significantly reduced in the past year.

Members believe that the cutbacks were made in order to free up funds for financing Canada’s response to terrorism following the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 9, 2001. Members were concerned that these cuts would cripple the on- going programmes and work of the Centres. Further, members wished to ascertain when the funding levels would be restored. NCWC welcomed the institution of the five Centres of Excellence, an innovative initiative of which Canadian women were justly proud, believing that the work done by the Centres would go a long way to ensuring that women’s health needs would be adequately researched.

National Council of Women of Canada, founded in 1893, is a federation of organizations and individuals working to improve conditions of life for women and their families in the communities where they live. NCWC holds Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and is a member of the International Council of Women.

With best wishes,

Catharine Laidlaw-Sly
National Council of Women of Canada
c.c The Rt. Hon Jean Chrétien
Hon. John Manley
Hon. David Collenette