Make the fight against cancer a priority
The Canadian Cancer Society believes that working with government and legislators to bring about healthy public policies is a vital part of the fight against cancer.
We take action by:
- taking a stand on important cancer issues
- raising Canadians’ awareness and understanding about these issues
- influencing government to pass public policies that will help prevent cancer and help people living with cancer
We take action because we want to:
- prevent people from getting cancer – for example, by advocating for a ban on indoor tanning for youth under 18
- help people with cancer to survive longer – for example, by advocating for the government to increase funding for cancer research
- improve the quality of life for people living with cancer – for example, by advocating for financial support for caregivers
Our staff and volunteers meet with elected officials from local, provincial and national governments to persuade them to make the fight against cancer one of their top priorities.
Some issues have multiple advocacy campaigns for different levels of government. For example, we advocate for better tobacco control:
- at the local level – where we work with communities to push for smoke-free environments in their municipalities
- at the provincial level – where we lobby to raise tobacco taxes to discourage consumption
- at the national level – where we fight to regulate the way cigarettes are packaged across the country, by featuring graphic warnings about the health effects of smoking
Changing public policy is one of the most effective tools for preventing cancer and helping those living with and beyond cancer.
The best way to change public policy is for Canadians to speak up and make our collective voices heard.
If you would like to get involved with CCS advocacy work, you can sign a petition, write a letter or make a phone call to your federal, provincial or municipal elected official or even become a CCS advocacy volunteer.
For more information on our advocacy work, you can visit cancer.ca
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