B.C. Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health funding cut by Stephen Harper government
TheBritish Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health says budget cuts mean it will lose its federal funding next year.
The Vancouver-based group is one of six organizations devoted to women’s health research that are affected by the Conservative government's decision to close the Women’s Health Contribution Program.
In addition to BCCEWH, Le Réseau québécois d’action pour la santé des femmes, the Canadian Women’s Health Network, the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence, and the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health will see their federal funding end on March 31, 2013.
"This cut threatens the significant work on women’s health that has been undertaken across the country, and represents an enormous loss of capacity to monitor and improve the health of women in Canada, particularly those who are marginalized," Dr. Liz Whynot, chair of BCCEWH, said in a joint news release issued on April 23.
The research groups say the budget cuts will force them to shut down or find other sources of funding.
They are calling on Canadians to express concern to MPs over the closure of the Women’s Health Contribution Program.
According to the Health Canada website, the program has distributed about $2.95 million to eligible groups on an annual basis.