The best quality of life for all Canadians affected by breast cancer
The Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) is Canada's leading survivor-directed, national network of organizations and individuals concerned about breast cancer. CBCN strives to voice the views and concerns of breast cancer survivors and patients through promotion of information sharing, education and advocacy activities.
- National Network - Links and supports groups and individuals to promote information exchange and collaboration
- Educate and Inform - Provides credible breast cancer related information and education to those affected by breast cancer
- Advocacy - Promotes equitable access to support and care throughout the breast cancer experience to ensure best quality of life. CBCN also ensures that the issues affecting breast cancer survivors and their families inform health care policy and guide research.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Network is committed to operating under the guidelines of the following core values:
- Survivor Driven: We are committed to ensuring that breast cancer survivors are the driving force of the organization and that their views and concerns inform CBCN’s priorities.
- Credibility: We are committed to making decisions informed by current research and leading practices.
- Accountability: We are committed to operating in a transparent manner with full accountability to the breast cancer community, stakeholders and the general public.
- Equitability: We acknowledge that those affected by breast cancer come from diverse cultural, linguistic, social, economic, geographic and family backgrounds and that needs in regards to access can be complex. We are committed to understanding these needs to promote social justice and ensure optimal outcomes for all Canadians affected by breast cancer.
- Inclusivity: We are committed to operating in a manner that ensures inclusivity of all Canadians.
- Integrity: We are committed to adhering to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility.
- Diversity: We are committed to promoting diversity in our board, staff, volunteers, members and stakeholders, including full participation in programs and decision-making.
History of CBCN
In 1992 the House of Commons published a report entitled Breast Cancer: Unanswered Questions. Initially, the Sub-Committee had agreed to study breast cancer and the MEME breast implant, but its scope was much wider, and one of its recommendations resulted in the National Forum on Breast Cancer which was held in Montreal in November 1993.
One of the recommendations contained in the final report of the National Forum on Breast Cancer called for the development of a survivor-directed, national network of organizations and individuals to provide a link and a voice for members of the breast cancer community. An interim planning committee of nine survivors from across Canada volunteered to begin the formation of a national network to represent the interests of those Canadians and their families who live with breast cancer.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) was officially incorporated and registered as a charitable organization in November 1994. Health Canada then sponsored a seminar to help the Network build skills and promote organizational development. Forty-three participants representing Canada’s geographic regions and ethnic make-up attended, and a 17-member Steering Committee was established.
Early in 1995, the CBCN, in partnership with Health Canada, sponsored regional meetings in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. In total, 200 delegates met to discuss the current services and the persistent gaps in breast cancer education, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Delegates recommended that the Canadian Breast Cancer Network act as a link between breast cancer groups across Canada to broaden their resources, provide educational activities, and share information.
In 1997, the CBCN hired an Executive Director and opened its national office in Ottawa. Since then, it has received multi-year funding from Health Canada, and now has a small full time permanent staff, several contractual staff, part-time staff, and a team of dedicated volunteers.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Network is a registered charity. Our Charitable Registration No. is 889802971RR0001
CCAN Code of Conduct Governing Corporate Funding
As a member of the Canadian Cancer Action Network, the Canadian Breast Cancer Network is committed to adhering to the Code of Conduct Governing Corporate Funding. For more information about this code of conduct and to access the complete document please click here.
Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation in Canada
CBCN has signed on to the Principles to Guide Health Care Transformation in Canada put forward by the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Nurses Association. For more information on this initiative, click here.