On February 1, 2017, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) joined forces to increase operational efficiencies and further our impact on all types of cancer for all Canadians. This unprecedented merger allows the new Canadian Cancer Society to accelerate the impact of donor dollars on cancer research and vital support services for people living with and affected by cancer.
Since its inception in 1986, CBCF has invested over $360 million in breast cancer research, funding more than 1,400 scientific and community grants. CBCF has also made investments in research, education, health promotion, support and information programs.
CCS changes lives by working in all areas of cancer. Over the past 30 years, CCS has invested $1.2 billion in research on all cancers – men’s, women’s and children’s – including over $100 million in breast cancer research. Our support programs empower, inform and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Together we will continue to make tremendous progress in the fight against cancer.
Although we are now the Canadian Cancer Society, CBCF’s mandate, activities and spirit will continue. Our commitment to the breast cancer cause remains unchanged as we work together to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Why did CCS and CBCF merge?
CCS and CBCF merged our operations in order to make us better able to increase efficiencies and impact on cancer research and support programs across more than 100 types of cancer.
With Canadians facing a 40 per cent surge in cancer cases by 2030, this groundbreaking merger allows CCS and CBCF to amplify the impact of donor dollars on vital support services, investments in life-saving cancer research, and quite simply the way that we help people living with and who are affected by cancer.
This consolidation is unprecedented within the non-profit sector in Canada. CBCF and CCS are now working together in a way that will eliminate a duplication of efforts, making us stronger and better positioned to serve Canadians coast to coast.
Q2. What does this mean for CBCF’s activities and brand? How do we know the CBCF brand will be preserved?
As part of the merger, CCS is committed to CBCF’s priorities and mission-related deliverables. While CBCF will be fully integrated into CCS, the mandate and spirit of CBCF, including its key programs and activities, will remain a vital and important part of the Canadian Cancer Society.
We have also developed a new logo which will be used for breast cancer specific content. For all non-breast cancer specific content, we will continue to use our current CCS logo.
Q3. What are the benefits to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation merging with the Canadian Cancer Society?
With Canadians facing a 40 per cent surge in cancer cases by 2030, this groundbreaking merger allows CCS and CBCF to amplify the impact of donor dollars on vital support services, investments in life-saving cancer research, and the way it helps people living with and who are affected by cancer.
Q4. Will CBCF still hold their annual “CIBC Run for the Cure”? Will CCS still hold its “Relay For Life” event?
Relay for Life and the CIBC Run for the Cure will take place as planned this year (in the Spring of 2017 and on October 1, 2017, respectively). CCS and CBCF are excited about the future of these events and recognize that they are a powerful way for communities across Canada to connect with the cancer cause.
Q5. I want my donation to be directed specifically towards breast cancer. How can I be assured this will happen after the merger?
Both CCS and CBCF are committed to investing in the breast cancer cause. Both organizations are also committed to ensuring that a donor’s dollars are directed to the particular area requested by them and we have processes in place to ensure this occurs.
Q6. What will happen to CBCF’s Support & Information Programs?
There is no change currently planned for these programs and activities. The Support & Information Programs will continue to operate as usual.
About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. For more information, visit cancer.ca
or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).