The National Council of Women of Canada evolved from the organization across Canada of Local Councils of Women. Today there are some 12 Local Councils of Women (LCW), from Victoria, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia, plus one Study Group in Oakville, Ontario. If you are interested in learning more about joining a Local Council of Women, or in establishing one in your area, please contact our NCWC office.
Local Councils of Women (LCW) are made of local organizations and individual members. They are involved in local projects and national issues through their work with Conveners of NCWC Committees and the Resolution process. Most hold monthly meetings and offer a wide variety of interesting and educational programs.
Each LCW is a member of the NCWC voting Body, receiving a weighted vote of 10, through either the Council President or her designate.
LCWs receive regular Council mailings, the Resolutions Package, the Nomination and Election Package, Notice of the Annual Conference and AGM, the Yearbook and the Newsletter. They carry out the work of NCWC in their area and are autonomous in dealing with local issues in the framework of the NCWC Constitution. They can make direct approaches to MLAs or MPs in their area on matters of local concern. Local Councils may establish committees that usually parallel the national committees. Conveners of local Committees are encouraged to contact and work with the national Conveners on areas of mutual concern and to involve themselves in the national Committees’ work.
To form a Local Council of Women, at least five organizations signify their intent and they contact the Membership Convener who shall review with them the outline in the Procedures Manual for joining or federating with NCWC. Upon completion of this process, the President, at the next Annual Meeting, shall acknowledge and welcome the new Federate member. In provinces where there are Provincial Councils of Women, the NCWC Membership Convener shall keep them informed.