The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) was founded on October 27, 1893, by Lady Aberdeen, Ishbel Maria Hamilton-Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, GBE, wife of the Governor-General of Canada.
The Council is a vibrant, pro-active, credible organization of women reflecting the diversity of society, encouraging informed political decision-making and public attitudes for the well-being of society, through research, education, consultation and cooperation.
Today, NCWC is comprised of Local Councils of Women and Study Groups in 12 Canadian cities, Provincial Councils of Women in 6 Canadian provinces, Study Groups in one Canadian province and 10 affiliated National Organizations.
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Over the years, as the Council’s relationship with government became more formal, the practice developed of presenting an annual brief to the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet. Currently, in addition to this annual brief, the NCWC presents briefs to parliamentary committees and royal commissions and from time to time may be represented on special advisory committees.
NCWC has met formally with the members of the federal Cabinet since 1924. Usually the meetings take place between members of Parliament or senior government officials and members of the Board of Directors of NCWC. An annual Brief is prepared, based on approved Resolutions, and presented to government and members of the Opposition Parties. Our policies are developed through a grass roots process of consultation and debate. Visit Policy and Briefs to learn more.
Proud Heritage. Rosa Shaw. Ryerson Press, and The Splendid Vision, a Centennial History of the National Council of Women of Canada, Naomi Griffiths, Carlton Press, 1993. See excerpts from The Splendid Vision, a Centennial History of the National Council of Women of Canada. These excerpts are interesting stories of early Council history, and will be changed regularly.
We continually develop new policy on various issues and update old policy. Each year we send our Annual Brief to the Government, meet with MPs and Senators at various times throughout the year, and often appear as Witnesses before Standing Committees.
NCWC has two separate organizations with charitable status for Fundraising, the NCWC Education Fund and the NCWC Development Organization (NCWCDO). The NCWC Education Fund is a major source of the ongoing research and education work of Council. It supports the operation of NCWC. Much of its current work is described in the Major Project section. The NCWCDO raises funds for international development projects which focuses on women. The very important project work done by both the NCWC Education Fund and the NCWCDO benefits immensely from your financial donations. The NCWCDO funds small projects doing international development.
Proud Heritage. Rosa Shaw. Ryerson Press, and
The Splendid Vision, a Centennial History of the National Council of Women of Canada, Naomi Griffiths, Carlton Press, 1993. See excerpts from The Splendid Vision, a Centennial History of the National Council of Women of Canada. These excerpts are interesting stories of early Council history, and will be changed regularly.