1969 - The councils become federated
After the formation of the Canada Council, the two research councils have something of an identity crisis. With the “research” portion of their mandate mostly covered by another organization, the exact purpose of the councils is somewhat unclear. For this reason, and to combat the accusation that they were simply “self-perpetuating cliques” both the Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Social Science Research Council of Canada undergo changes to become more like federations of Learned Societies than the research councils they had been before. The exact makeup of the structures will change repeatedly, but continue to include the core concept of a General Assembly comprised of representatives from member organizations, an elected Executive Committee and an elected Board of Directors to oversee operations.