NCWC and NCWC Education Fund work together on a Common Program to do projects together.  Some of these projects have been funded by other organizations such as the Status of Women of Canada.


Past Projects

NCWC and the NCWCEF Common Program on Water/Energy – 2008-2011

Click on:  Water/Energy Connections Project – 2008-2011

NCWC Report on Common Program – Water – 2005 to 2007

Every two years, members of Council vote on the Common Program that all Councils will work on, in terms of education and understanding the relevant issues. This includes the public as well, who benefit and learn, from this work.

During the period 2005 to 2007, the Common Program was WATER. Much work and activity took place on this topic across Canada. The following lists resources and reports now available. Note the reports from the 2007 AGM in Regina, where a panel presented on “Canada’s Water”. In July, a letter was sent to the Prime Minister , recommending Canada develop a Canadian Water Strategy.

Papers from the Panel Presentation, June 2nd, Regina:

The National Council major project, Securing Our Future, was an important project looking at women’s economic security that involved our Local and Provincial Councils. There have been several community consultations during the last year, and the final summary report is provided here, for your information.

Toolkits have also been produced, with input from our national and community round tables and think tank consultations. The toolkits include:

  • Securing Our Future Final Report
  • Poster Presentation
  • The Money Game (group exercise)
  • It’s in the Cards Game (group or individual exercise)

If you are interested in receiving a toolkit, contact us.

As well, National Council of Women of Canada would like to bring the following resources to your attention:

The Women and the Economy Video — “Banging the Door Down: Women and the Economy.”

Manitoba women talk about their paid and unpaid experiences in the economy and share their stories of survival and ideas for change. Suitable for ages 12+. Length – 26 minutes, Cost $5 for individuals, $10 for organization.

Women & the Economy Web Site

A comprehensive site with articles, statistics, and activities on paid and unpaid work, the wage gap, child care, economics 101, women and globalization,women and poverty, alternatives, and more. Featuring stories of Manitoba women.

Women & the Economy Resource Book

      • A two-part revised version of the web site in book format
      • Book One: 120 pages Book Two: 80 pages
      • Cost per book: $10 for individuals, $15 for organizations
      • A two-part set: $18 for individuals, $25 for organizations

To order any of these resources, please mail your payment (cheque, money order) to: UNPAC P.O., Box 36 Station L, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0Z4

For more information, contact

Securing Our Future was a Project of the National Council of Women of Canada with funding from Status of Women Canada and the Social Development Partnerships Program of Human Resources Development Canada. Special thanks to Wendy Atkin for her commitment to this project.

NCWC Major Project – Securing Our Future


Securing Our Future, a project of the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC), has completed a year of strategic actions funded by Status of Women Canada and Human Resources Development Canada in 2000-2001. The project was conducted with the guidance and support of a 9-person NCWC Advisory Committee and in collaboration with the NCWC Board of Directors and Staff,including the Project Coordinator and Local Councils of Women across Canada.

Securing Our Future was initiated in 1998 by NCWC members who were inspired by the British project The Economics of Later Life, which focused on the continuing problem of poverty among older women. In 1999, momentum was created and six local councils attended a Provincial Council of Women of Ontario-sponsored meeting on Securing Our Future and NCWC subsequently initiated think tank discussion groups on women’s economic security with all of its members. With government support, NCWC was able to continue identifying issues and broaden the discussion to include other national women’s equality seeking organizations and younger women in the think tank consultation. These issues helped form the agenda for round table meetings.

An important activity of Securing Our Future was the National Roundtable(NRT), held on Saturday, June 9, 2001 in Vancouver, B.C. at the University of British Columbia Conference Centre in conjunction with the 108th Annual General Meeting of NCWC. Over 100 women shared their experiences and expertise and helped to create an agenda for the community roundtables. Prior to the NRT, two Local Councils held Securing Our Future events. The first Windsor Women’s Fair was a lively carousel of workshops and exhibits from a wide range of women engaged in advocacy, business, education, health and thelaw. London’s “Independent Woman” roundtable provided an opportunity to pilot the round table format that was used at the NRT.

Securing Our Future produced a number of documents that were intended to mobilize communities and inspire discussions among women about their economic security. This summary of the Final Report and its accompanying Strategy Guide will continue the circulation of ideas and inspiration for women to promote economic security in their communities and was released nationally at the 109th Annual General Meeting of NCWC, June 1, 2002 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This project was administered collaboratively by NCWC members and staff,along with government and private sector partners. Volunteers initiated Securing Our Future in 1998 and developed a funding proposal with then Executive Director Hannah Service and other staff, including Administrator Catherine Tillsley. Once the proposal was approved by Status of Women Canada and later Human Resources Development Canada, funding was available to hire a full-time project coordinator, Wendy Atkin, to coordinate and support Securing Our Future activities in conjunction with the Advisory Committee chaired by Margaret MacGee of London, Ontario.

Summary of Key Issues Tabled at the National Round Table

Economic Security

    • Recognize Older Women’s Contributions
    • Gender analysis tax system
    • Rising number of older women in poverty
    • Mentor immigrant women
    • Guaranteed annual income
    • Skills building: how to live longer on less


    • Invest In Young People
    • Life and communication skills
    • Safe houses and communities
    • National Child Care Program
    • Social and Recreational Resources
    • Education = A Job = Future Security
    • Ease student debt load

Social Services

    • Supportive Social Policy
    • Gender based analysis of social policy
    • Affordable housing
    • Quality, affordable, accessible, publicly funded child care
    • Keep women’s networks strong


    • Healthy Communities
    • Social determinants of health
    • Clean environments
    • Empowering/healing for Aboriginal Women
    • Universal access to health care services
    • Gender specific prevention strategies

Top Priorities and Opportunities

      • Make proceedings available to participants
      • Popularize the strategies through the media and our networks
      • World Conference Against Racism (summer 2001)
      • Bring older and younger women together in the community round tables
      • National Council of Women of Canada to act on National Round table ideas
      • Advocate on the Social Union Framework Agreement (SUFA) review
      • Advocate on Child Benefit review
      • Contribute to Pay Equity Committee hearings, Custody and Access Committee hearing
      • Unionization: acknowledge contribution to women’s employment equity, career potential
      • Community responsibility: promote inter-generational contacts

An initiative of the National Council of Women of Canada

Funded by Status of Women Canada
Prepared by the Core Advisory Committee:
Ruth Brown, Joyce Ireland, Annette Werk, Helen Saravanamuttoo (Chair)

The Forum, generously sponsored by Status of Women Canada, occurred on 5 June 1999 in Winnipeg, in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting of the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC). The intention of the Forum, the first step of a national initiative, was to gather together NCWC members, youth representatives from across Canada and informed professionals for a one day event which would inform members on issues of girls and young women as victims and perpetrators of violence.

Visit Government, Projects

Conclusions from the Report

The internalization of a conservation ethic resulting from government campaigns during the 2nd World War and the 70’s oil crisis, is evident in the numbers of survey respondents who mentioned turning off the lights, turning down the heat, and using energy efficient cars.

To make further energy conservation changes instinctive in this way, takes time, effort and a major campaign at all levels to be effective, particularly since we are, as one respondent noted, “Too well adjusted to the good life!” Another noted that, “consumer goods are designed to emphasize wastefulness and planned obsolescence.” Perhaps more importantly, there is no sense of crisis!

Our survey shows that the best medium for such a campaign, is articles. Governments could take advantage of magazine and newspaper supplements. TV and school campaigns have also proven effective in the past i.e. the 70’s campaign in Ontario to have students monitor heating costs etc. Children have often spear headed change.

Many respondents mentioned cost. “The cost/benefit ratios for solar and other alternate forms of energy and energy conservation” need to be promoted. Example, if a solar hot water heater is purchased, how long will it take to recover the cost through savings in fuel or hydro bills? Alternate energy providers and manufacturers could get tax incentives equivalent to those given to producers of traditional sources of energy in order to lower costs to the consumer. And, governments could encourage research and development in this area.

The “Energy Connection” has to be made clear. People need to understand the less obvious energy costs i.e. the costs of transporting and treating water. As respondents said, “I’m not always aware of electricity saving purposes.”

Respondents wished to know more about the available technologies and noted the scarcity and lack of variety. They need to know where to get them and have choices.

Apartment owners are at a distinct disadvantage. Owners and builders need information and incentives to encourage use of energy efficient materials and appliances, in retrofits and new building construction. Governments could encourage research and development in this area and public/industry/government partnerships, such as Ontario’s Green Communities programme, to help make homes more energy efficient, at a cost saving to owners or renters.

Many mentioned a lack of 3R programs in communities. A continued effort should be made at the provincial level to implement or improve existing systems. Reduction is the key!! Local/Provincial and national standards should be encouraged or legislated i.e. the voluntary grocery industry code of practice for packaging.

Many respondents had good reasons for not walking, using transit or bicycling – age, health, distance and lack of public transit and bike lanes etc. All levels of government would have public support for improved transit systems, use of car pools, bike trails, and measures to discourage car use.

People want to save energy! They are making an effort! They need information, affordable options, examples of success and encouragement.

The full report is available from the National Council of Women of Canada office.

Synopsis of Symposium

In 1995, NCWC together with L’Association feminine d’education et d’action social, MAW (Mothers are Women) and the Canadian Home Economics Association, organized a national symposium entitled “Women as Family Caregivers.” Ruth Brown, past President of the National Council of Women, chaired the organizing committee.

Over 30 women’s organizations took part in the Symposium. Many of the recommendations went on to become policies of NCWC and the other organizations, and indeed, have influenced government policy.

The Report, which is a summary of the presentations and the recommendations, is available from the National Council of Women of Canada office.