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Greetings from the President

Patricia Leson

Patricia Leson, President


Greetings to Members and Friends of the NCWC,

In June 2019, I was honored to be nominated at the NCWC Annual General Meeting as the President of the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) for two years (2019-2021).   I am very pleased to welcome you to our website where you will find information about our organization which was founded 126 years ago.  Our website includes the following: announcements, a calendar of events, our history, copies of our newsletters, over 50 years of Policy approved by our membership at our Annual General Meetings, how to make donations to fund our projects via our Charitable organizations (i.e. NCWC Education Fund and NCWC Development Organization) and how to join NCWC as a member and contribute to our activities in advocating for women and families across Canada.

In addition, I will post messages in this section, as well as copies of letters which we send to the Federal Government and other organizations to address the concerns that NCWC has regarding women’s issues in Canada and worldwide.  You will also find letters posted by Sandra Cohen-Rose, our Past President, during her term from 2017 to 2019.

Have you considered becoming an individual member or federate member of the NCWC? See all the benefits. These include a vote at our AGM. This includes a voice in the ratification of our resolutions so they can become NCWC Policy.  Policy is presented annually in a brief to the Prime Minister.

As a member of a Local Council, NCWC or a Federate you are eligible to become a Board Member or Convenor.  We are always looking for new members with new ideas.

Read about our latest news in News from National and The NCWC Newsletter.

Visit our Facebook and add your comments which are much appreciated.

If you have any questions be sure to contact me.   I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely yours,

Patricia Leson

President, National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC)/Conseil national des femmes du Canada (CNFC);; 1-613-712-4419                                     




August 2021

Letter to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Shutdown of Bruce Nuclear Reactors


July 2021

Letter20210709 Letter to Grand Chief RoseAnne Archibald Assembly of First Nations, Congratulation on election as first female National Chief of Assembly of First Nations in 42nd annual general assembly

Letter20210709 Letter to Most Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, Congratulations on Appointment as the 30th Governor General of Canada

Letter202107 Letter to NCWC from the Honourable David Lametti, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Gender-based Violence in the Context of the COVID 19 Pandemic


June 2021

Letter to the Honourable Carolyn Bennet and Marc Miller, NCWC is in solidarity to honour the memory of the 215 children remains found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia


May 2021

Letter202105 Letter to the Honourable Louise Arbour, Congratulations on appointment of lead for the Military Sexual Misconduct Report, 2021

Letter20210531 Letter to Natural Resources Canada, Nuclear Power, Canada’s Radio Active Waste Policy Review

Letter20210524 Letter to the Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada


March 2021

ICW-CIF Statement to Commemorate the International Women’s Day-March 8 2021


February 2021

Letter20210219 to Hon. Bob Rae, Canadian Ambassador to UN on the impact of COVID-19 on the work of UN Women and CSW

Letter20210219 to Hon. Min. Bill Blair on Bill C-21-A Series of Amendments to Existing Laws (Firearms)

NCWC and ICW – Pre-Budget Letter to Government-February 2021

Letter20210210 to Ethics Committee on ensuring that Women and Children not be damaged by actions of MindGeek and Pornhub

Report on the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women by Lorna Marsden


January 2021

Guide Book to UN CSW65, 2021

NCWC and ICW Report on Canada Response to COVID-19-January 2021 

Email 20210129 from Hon. Maryam Monsef Min Women Gender Equality and Economic Development

Email 20210126 to Sylvia Stead-Public Editor-Globe and Mail-Power Gap-Saturday-January 23-2021

Email 20210126 from Hugues Vaillancourt-Sr Director-Employment-Social Development-Gov of Canada-on Basic Income

Letter202101 to Hon Bill Blair-Min Public Safety/Emergency Preparedness-Gov of Canada-Correctional Services Canada Risk Assessment Tools for Women

Letter 202101 to Hon Bill Blair-Min Public Safety/Emergency Preparedness-Gov of Canada-CSC Assessment Tool (prepared by Monica Cullum-Convenor-Federally Sentenced Women-NCWC)


December 2020


Letter202012 to Hon Filomena Tassi-Min Employment/Social Development-Gov of Canada-Impact of Precarious Employment (Gig Economy) on Workers (prepared by Monica Cullum-Convenor-NCWC)

Letter 20201230 from Commissioner Brenda Lucki-RCMP-Toxic Culture-Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in RCMP (Broken Dreams Broken Lives)

Letter20201216 from Hon. Seamus ORegan-P.C.-M.P.-Gov of Canada-Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Letter20201209 to Commissioner Brenda Lucki-RCMP-Toxic Culture in the RCMP (prepared by Monica cullum-Convenor-NCWC)

Letter 202012 to Brian Sauve-President-National Police Federation-Ontario-National Police Federation Policy on Semi-automatic Assault Rifles

Letter202012 to Hon. Chrystia Freeland-Min. Finance-Gov of Canada-National Child Care Program (prepared by Monica Cullum-Convenor-NCWC)


October 7, 2020

Email20201007 from Julie Gauthier-Manager-Women and Gender Equality Canada on response to letter from Hon. Minister Maryam Monsef Minister on the Nova Scotia Shooting – see below Hon. Maryam Monsef letter to NCWC


October 2, 2020

Letter20201001 to Hon. Senator Julie Miville-Dechene on Bill S-203, Protecting Young Persons from Exposure to Pornography Act


September 12, 2020

Letter 20200912 to Hon. Min. Chrystia Freeland-Deputy Prime Minister of Canada-Why Canada Needs a Basic Income Guarantee (prepared by Karen Monnon Dempsey-Economic Convenor-NCWC) 


September 25, 2020

Letter20200825 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on concern of NCWC about our Government’s support of private sector proposals for small modular reactors (SMRs)


September 14, 2020

Letter20200914 to Hon. David Lemetti, Min. of Justice and Attorney General, Parliament of Canada, on ending Gender-Based Violence

Letter20200914 to Hon. Navdeep Bains, Innovation, Science and Industry, Parliament of Canada, on Food Security/Insecurity


September 8, 2020

Letter20200908 to Hon. Bill Blair on conditions imposed by solitary confinement and SIU in Bill C-83 Prison Reform

Letter20200908 to Hon. Bill Blair on gun-control measures identified in Bill C-71, An Act to Amend Firearms Regulations


August 11, 2020

Letter20200811 to Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality on Accessible, Affordable Child Care


August 7, 2020

NCWC Pre-Budget Consultation Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance-August 7, 2020


July 30, 2020

Letter20200730 reply from Brenda Lucki, Commissioner, RCMP, on RCMP’s implementation of  Saskatchewan’s Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol Act (Clare’s Law) 


June 24, 2020

Letter20200624 from NCWC to Hon. Bill Blair on Saskatchewan’s Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol Act (Clare’s Law) 


June 23, 2020

Letter20200623 reply to NCWC from Hugues Vaillancourt on Basic Income Guarantee


June 1, 2020

Letter20200601 NCWC endorses Joint Letter on Scope of the EA for Global First Power’s Proposed Micro-Modular Reactor at Chalk River

Letter20200601 to Rumina Velshi, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission-Scope of Environmental Assessment of Global First Power’s proposed Micro-Modular nuclear reactor Chalk River (prepared by Gracia Janes, VP, Environment, NCWC)


May 28, 2020

Letter20200528 from NCWC to Hon. Bill Blair on Gun Control Measures


May 26, 2020

NCWC endorses Canadian Health Coalition – Release of joint pharmacare statement – May 2020

May 12, 2020

Letter20200512 from Hon. Elizabeth May reply to NCWC letter to Arnold Viesen on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day-February 22

May 3, 2020

Links to English and French Letter signed by President of NCWC to Minister O’Regan: “Canada Needs a Radioactive Waste Policy and Canadians must be consulted” – English  and French


April 12, 2020

Letter of Sympathy to Mr. Malcolm Mercer, Chair, Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) for Canada from NCWC-April 2020


April 15, 2020

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, Government of Canada, on “Why Canada Needs a Basic Income Guarantee”

Letter20200421 from Senator Honourable Frances Lankin and Kim Pate to PM Justin Trudeau and Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland on COVID 19 and the Minimum Basic Income 


March 14, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  NCWC 127th Conference and AGM 2020 – POSTPONED – Rescheduled.  It will be held from October 15th to 18th 2020

The NCWC Board has seriously considered all the available information regarding the potential for the transmission of COVID-19. It has now been declared a pandemic, and we do not wish to endanger anyone’s health. Therefore, we have decided to POSTPONE the 2020 NCWC Conference and AGM from May 28th – 31st to October 15th – 18th. We are very pleased the Novotel Ottawa has agreed to this change of dates without a penalty. Further information will be forthcoming in the near future. Thank you for your understanding; stay safe, stay healthy; see you in Ottawa in October!

Place: Novotel Ottawa City Centre Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario – Details to follow

Resolutions: Change of Dates

Due to the postponement of the 2020 NCWC Conference and AGM to October, please note the Resolutions Committee will accept amendments and resolutions on emerging issues until August 15th, 2020. For further clarification, please contact Jane Cowell, Resolutions Convenor:


February 19, 2020

Annual Brief to the Government of Canada, Winter 2020


January 31, 2020

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau – Teck Resources Limited Frontier Oil Sands Mine project-January 31 2020  (prepared by Gracia Janes, VP, Environment, NCWC)


January 27, 2020

Letter to Prime Minister of Canada, Parliament and the Federal Government-Signatory on Statement on handling of Canada’s federally-owned radioactive waste by a private sector consortium-Hill Times–NCWC listed among organizations (prepared by Gracia Janes, VP, Environment, NCWC)


December 20, 2019

Letter from NCWC to the Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety, on Gun violence and violence against women and remembering 14 murdered women at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. (prepared by Monica Cullum, Convenor, Special Committee, NCWC)


December 19, 2019

Letter to Hon. Karen Vecchio, MP, Federal Government of Canada, Conservative Shadow Minister for Women and Gender Equality


December 16, 2019

NGOs (41) Comment on Environment and Climate Change to Canada’s and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Draft Screening Criteria for Nominated Chemicals of Mutual Concern


November 19, 2019

Pharmacare NOW – Letter to NCWC from Health Coalition – November 19 2019; Statement: Calling on the new government to immediately implement universal, public Pharmacare – Website:


October 5, 2019

NCWC signs the Statement of Support by The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women (CCEW) to support the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of the UN Women and the UN Global Compact providing seven steps on how to empower women in workplace, marketplace and community

Empowerment Award – On October 5, 2019, the NCWC received the CCEW’s Empowerment Award for signing the UN CEO Women’s Empower Principles (WEPs) and supporting the CCEW


September 4, 2019

Letter to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission-Request for Comment on Radiation Protection Regulation-September 2019 (prepared by Gracia Janes, VP Environment, NCWC)


September 2019

Letter to Minister Petitpas-Taylor-Support for Access to Abortion Services-September 2019 (prepared by Monica Cullum, Convenor, Special Committee, NCWC)


August 26, 2019

Letter to Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission-NCWC application to amend licence for Slowpoke-2 reactor on University of Saskatchewan Campus-August 2019 (prepared by Gracia Janes, VP, Environment, NCWC)


August 13, 2019 

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, Government of Canada on “Basic Income Guarantee”


August 6, 2019

Letter from College of Family Physicians and Surgeons-August 2019


July 18, 2019

Letter to College of Family Physicians re Mifegymiso-July 2019 (prepared by Monica Cullum, Convenor, Special Committee, NCWC)


June 13-16, 2019

Letter20190613 to Greetings to NCWC at 126th AGM and Conference 2019 from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Letter20190613 Disclaimer- Government of Canada


June 12, 2019

Letter20190612 to All (88) Senators of Government of Canada on Vote for Bill C-243 A National Maternity Assistance Program


June 5, 2019

Letter20190605 to Senator Pierre Dalphond on Respecting Public Health-Voting for Bill C-71


June 4, 2019

Report to NCWC Board on National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls


May 28, 2019

Letter to NCWC Members-Bill C-71 Coalition for Fun Control Passes-Supported by NCWC


May 9, 2019

Letter20190509 to Senators on supporting Dr. Najma Ahmed, Co-Chair, Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns on Bill Respecting Public Health Voting Bill-C71


May 3, 2019

Letter20190503 to Members of Local and Provincial Councils on NCWC Annual General Meeting Registration and Invitation


May 2, 2019

Letter20190502 Letter to Senators from Dr. Najma Ahmed, Co-Chair, Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns on Respecting Public Health, Voting for Bill C-71


May 1, 2019

Letter20190501 Letter to Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Crime Reduction on Engagement Summary report – Reducing Violent Crime: A Dialogue on Handguns and Assault-style Firearms


April 29, 2o19

Letter20190429 to CNE Canadian National Exhibition and Darla Campbell


April 16, 2019

Letter20190416 to Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos Min Families, Children and Social Development, Government of Canada on Unjust Employment Insurance Regulation


April 12, 2019

Letter 20190412 to NCWC from Hon. William Blair, Min Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction on Engagement Summary Report on Reducing Violent Crime

Letter20190412 to NCWC Members from President Sandra Cohen-Rose on Update from President April 2019


April 5, 2019

Letter20190405 to the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister Public Safety, Government of Canada, from NCWC, Bill-C83 – Administrative Segregation (Solitary Confinement)


February 21-22, 2019

Letter20190222 from the Prime Minister’s Office to NCWC on Nuclear Disarnament Treaties

Letter 20190221 to the Prime Minister’s Office from NCWC on Nuclear Disarnament Treaties


February 13, 2019

Letter 20190213 to the Prime Minister and Ministers from NCWC, Open letter on United National Human Rights on Indian Act – French-English


February 4, 2019

Letter20190204 to Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister Public Safety, Government of Canada, from NCWC, Bill-C83 Changes to Administrative Segregation-Solitary Confinement


January 31, 2019

Letter20190131 from Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister Public Safety, Government of Canada, to NCWC, Bill C-83 An Act to Amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act


January 14, 2019

Letter20190114 from Hon Jean-Yves Duclos-Province of Ontario Decision to End the Basic Income Pilot


December 7, 2018

Letter2018127 to Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Parliament of Canada, from NCWC on Access to Mifegymiso


November 21, 2018

Letter20181121 to Hon. Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Heritage and Multiculturalism, Parliament of Canada, from NCWC on Use of P4W – the Former Prison for Women, Kingston, Ontario 


November 14, 2018

Letter20181114 to Hon. William Blair, Minister of Border Security and Crime Reduction, from NCWC on Gun Violence Consultations

Letter20181114 to Hon. William Blair, P.C., C.O.M., M.P., Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, from NCWC on Reducing Violent Crime: A Dialogue on Handguns and Assault Weapons – Engagement Paper

Letter20181114 to Hon. Ralph Goodale from NCWC on Bill C-83 – Changes to Administrative and Disciplinary Segregation (Solitary Confinement)

Letter20181113 from Hon. Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., to NCWC on Federal Government Legislation concerning firearms and gang violence


November 5, 2018

Bill C-83 Memo-Impact and Implications-November 5, 2018, Senator Kim Pate letter to Minister Goodale and Comparative Table and Comments on Bill C-83


November 2, 2018

Article in Artifact-News and Features section – by Haeley DiRisio, Education, Gender and Trump – article Twelve-year-old girl reports distasteful homecoming sign to police – see interview statement by Sandra Cohen-Rose, President, NCWC


November 1, 2018

Letter20181101 congratulating Marilyn Libin on being elected as 24th President of Hadassah-WIZO


October 25, 2018

Letter20181025 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on bringing ISIS Perpetrators in Canada to justice


October 21, 2018

Letter20181021 to Genevieve de Breyne-Gagnon Endorsing NCWC’s Support of Promoting Gender Equality through Quality Public Education Systems and Services and The Statement made by Canadian Federation of University Women


October 17, 2018

Article in Prince Albert Daily Herald & Rural Roots on Celebrating Persons Day by NCWC President Sandra Cohen-Rose


October 1, 2018

Letter20181001 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on NCWC’s Annual Brief

Annual Brief to the Government of Canada, Fall 2018


August 28, 2018

Letter20180828 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – Acknowledgement of  Receipt of Letter Supporting Basic Income Guarantee


August 13, 2018

Letter20180813 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Basic Income Guarantee


May 8, 2018

Letter20180508 from Hon Ralph Goodale, Response to Summit on Gun and Gang Violence


May 3, 2018

Letter to Rebecca Caldwell, Office of Minister Status of Women – Thank you for meeting


March 26, 2018

Letter to Hon. Ralph Goodale, National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking


March 19, 2018

Letter to Hon Justin Trudeau, PM Canada, Congratulations on appointment of RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, first woman commissioner of the RCMP

Letter to Hon Ralph Goodale (Public Safety) on 2018 Summit on Guns and Ganges

Letter to Hon Catherine McKenna (Environment and Climate Change) and Hon Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Health) on NCWC Support to Prohibition of Abestos and Asbestos Products Regulations

Response to the Proposed Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products Regulations and Proposed Amendment to the Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations under CEPA, 1999

Letter20180319 to Mr. de Leon-Request to Support Response to Proposed Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products Regulations


February 23, 2018

Letter to Senator Jim Munson-Correctional System Study-Feb 23, 2018


February 6, 2018

Response from President Sandra Cohen-Rose to Hon Melanie Joly Minister of Heritage on Museum of Heritage on Museum of History of Women


January 26, 2018

Thank you letter from Mayor Valerie Plante, La Mairesse de Montreal to the National Council of Women of Canada


January 25, 2018

Response from office of Hon. Melanie Joly, Minister of Heritage on Museum of History of Women


December 20, 2017

“Sandra Cohen-Rose, president of the National Council of Women of Canada, said stamping out sexual harassment and assault will mean tackling economic imbalances and other mechanisms that leave women vulnerable to abuses of power. “Everybody’s looking for a magic bullet that works and there just isn’t (one),” she said.” quoted in “#MeToo: Conversation on sexual harassment named 2017’s top news story“, by 


December 19, 2017

Letter to Government of Canada that practice of Female Genital Mutilation is illegal in Canada.  See Letter-Hon Ahmed D. Hussen-Citizenship-Immigration-Female Genital Mutilation Illegal in Canada-19December2019


November 30, 2017

NCWC President’s Message for December 2018.  See New Years Message from the NCWC President-December 2017


November 17 2017

Request to support initiatives to establish a Museum of History of Women in Kingston.  See Letter-Hon. Melanie Joly, Min. Canadian Heritage-Museum of History of Women  and Response from the Office of the Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage  and Response from President Sandra Cohen-Rose to Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage on Museum of History of Women


November 9, 2017

Congratulations to Mayor Valerie Plante on being elected the first woman mayor of Montreal.  See Letter-Congratulations Mayor Plante

Request to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette to become the Honorary President of the National Council of Women of Canada.  See Letter-Governor General Julie Payette

The NCWC’s new and updated policies  in a Brief to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada.  See  National Council of Women of Canada Annual Brief to the Government of Canada Fall 2017   and  Letter of Confirmation from PM Office


November 8, 2017

Request to Minister of Employment Patty Hajdu for inclusion of Life Skills Education in education system


October 19, 2017

Article in Canadian Jewish News on NCWC President Sandra Cohen-Rose


October 16, 2017

CSW62 NCWC Statement  Life skills and communications technology (ICT) skills for both sexes, advances and empowers women leading to a healthier, more economically stable society.


July 17, 2017

“…NCWC asked the Government for a “Ban on all Offshore Drilling in the Arctic,” in order to protect this very fragile marine environment. Similarly, our eastern coast marine habitat in the Laurentian Channel Marine Protected Area is very sensitive and your recent decision to allow drilling for fossil fuels there is not conducive to the protection of its special marine habitat.”  See Oil Drilling in the Laurentian Channel, a Marine Protected Area


February 20, 2017

As President of the National Council of Canada…responding to your October 6, 2016 letter which discounted our grave concerns with the risks posed by the unprecedented transport of extremely dangerous liquid nuclear waste containing Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) close to 2,000 kilometres from Chalk River Ontario to Savannah River, South Carolina.  See Dangerous Liquid Nuclear Waste Containing Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU)

Form letter to PM Justin Trudeau Opposing the Transportation of Nuclear Waste


January 6, 2017

The Call for Nominatio‎ns form and information from the ByLaws on positions for the Board of Directors and Standing Study Committee for 2017 are now available on the NCWC website to be downloaded and printed.  See the Nominations page which is under the sections called Communications and then Members on the menu above.


December 12, 2016

“…The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC), whose long-held policies support strong precautionary Environmental Assessments (EAs), respectfully requests that you intervene in a most serious matter involving public safety, health, and environmental protection…”  Read our letter to the Prime Minister of Canada:  Letter 20161212 to Prime Minister on Environmental Assessments

“…The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) welcomes the opportunity to comment to this Expert Panel as it reviews the environmental assessment processes associated with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012). NCWC…”  Read our letter to the Review Panel of the Environmental Assessment Agency:  Letter 20161212 Expert Panel on Environmental Assessment Agency

“… In 2011 the National Council of Women of Canada adopted as policy that Canada’s penal system…NCWC strongly urges the Government of Canada to cease using solitary confinement as a disciplinary method in federal penitentiaries and ensure sufficient, independent, secure facilities for persons with mental health issues.”  Read our letter to the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Justice and Attorney-General:  Letter 20161212 To the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Justice and Attorney-General on Solitary Confinement in Prisons

“…NCWC reiterates our request that the federal government remove CNSC as the “responsible authority” for environmental assessments of nuclear proposals. As an immediate example of your government’s concern for public health and safety, and environmental protection of our communities, prime farm lands and waterways, we would also urge you to intervene to halt the HEU shipments until there has been an open public hearing to ensure all alternatives are considered, most crucially the promised down-blending and storage on-site as planned in 2011.”  Read our letter to the Prime Minister of Canada: Letter 20161212 Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau Nuclear Non-Proliferation

See article by CBC News/Health, Weapons-grade nuclear waste shipments to US prompt outcry”, September 05, 2016,  with comments by NCWC’s Gracia Janes, Niagara-on-the-Lake resident, activist and President of NCWC Education Fund.

Letter 20161104 Congratulations to New Women Appointees to the Canadian Senate


November 4, 2016

The National Council of Women of Canada extends our congratulations to the following women who will become our new Senators, particularly Kim Pate and Marilou McPhedran of The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and the Institute for International Women’s Rights respectively, both affiliate members of NCWC.  Read our letter:  Letter 20161104 Congratulations to New Women Appointees to the Canadian Senate


July 5, 2016

“… the dangers posed by all facets of the nuclear cycle have been the subject of NCWC policies and actions dating back to 1955, and continue today…Ms. Janes also noted two recent nuclear transport events, i.e., a dry spill in Saskatchewan where staff from Chalk River had to deal with the clean-up, and a very serious incident where the bottom fell out of a container similar to the one planned for the transport of high-level liquid nuclear waste.”  Read our letter:  Letter 20160705 to the Hon. Ralph Goodale, PC, MP, Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Thanks for attending 123rd AGM in Saskatoon 2016


April 19, 2016

The NCWC endorses Bill C-243 improving and giving needed flexibility to maternity leave Letter 20160413 NCWC Endorses Bill C-243 Earlier Maternity Leave for Women.


February 9, 2016

The NCWC commentds the federal government in the decision to stop the granting of conditional registrations of pesticides as of June 1, 2016.  Letter 20160209 Stopping the Conditional Registrations of Pesticides


February 2, 2016

The NCWC urges the federal government to stop the importation and use of asbestos Letter 20160202 Continued Use of Asbestos in Federal Buildings.


January 18, 2016

The Annual Brief to the Government of Canada – Winter 2016 has been issued.  See the section of our website called “Briefs“, under Communications/Members/Briefs, to find a PDF version of the 2016 Brief and a list of all other Briefs sent annually to the Federal Government. 


August 27, 2015

Recently, one of the federal leaders announced that his party, if elected, would give a tax credit for membership fees in service organizations.  This gesture would be much more financially meaningful if volunteers were given a tax credit for the expenses they incur while providing voluntary service.

Therefore, the National Council of Women of Canada would ask all candidates for office of the Prime Minister to pledge their party’s support to:

1)         Allow substantial out-of-pocket expenses (re day care/child care, transportation, meals) for taxpayer or dependents involved in providing voluntary service to voluntary organizations to be an allowable tax credit as a charitable contribution for tax purposes and the criteria for registration for income tax purposes be broadened; and

2)         Initiate a policy which would permit volunteers to earn credits for the Canada Pension Plan and RRSP contributions.

The participation of the volunteer sector is essential to a healthy, pluralistic society, in initiating new ideas, planning and providing services, fund raising, and decision making.  Volunteer participation develops and utilizes knowledge and skills which otherwise might be lost to the Canadian economy.  At the same time, volunteer participation often involves personal expenditures which could limit participation; some volunteers do not have access to private or Canada Pension Plan Benefits nor excess earned income to contribute to an RRSP.


August 17, 2015

The Board of Directors of  the National Council of Women of Canada made the decision to join the Campaign for National Drug Coverage.  You can see our endorsement which has been posted to the supporters page.  Please check out the Facebook page as well.

We are asking you to share the campaign petition through your own networks.  The campaign is also hoping to build Twitter buzz by asking @pmharper @ThomasMulcair @JustinTrudeau @ElizabethMay to make #pharmacare and #nationaldrugcoverage #elxn42 issues in October.

The National Council of Women of Canada has long advocated for a National Prescription Drug Plan – with policies from 1998 and an update in 2012.  This is an important initiative which we are pleased to be part of.


Sandra Cohen-Rose, President, 2017-2019
Karen Monnon Dempsey, President, 2015-2017
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA    If you have any questions about the National Council of Women of Canada, write to the President.

The National Council of Women of Canada is a federation composed of Local and Provincial Councils, as well as Nationally  Organized Societies.  Founded in 1893, it was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1914 and has been designated by the Government of Canada as being of National Historic Significance for its role in Canadian women’s history.