SSHRC studies the federations

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Dec 7 1987 - 1989 - Courtney, Paquet, and Ledwell Committees

Towards the end of the 1980s, three separate reports are produced by the Courtney, Paquet, and Ledwell Committees. These committees analyse federal funding to the federations. The Courtney report examines strategic funding and suggests cutting the Research Grants Program. In 1988, Gilles Paquet heads the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) task force on priorities to examine strategic funding for the Social Science Federation of Canada’s research themes. SSHRC appoints Frank Ledwell in December 1987 as chairman of the Federations and National Associations Review Committee. Ledwell examines the federation’s impact and relevance to its members. He proposes a cut in funding to the federations. Alongside lobbying for funds, the Social Sciences Federation of Canada (SSFC) and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities also must respond to reports asking for cuts to their funding. In November 1988, SSFC President Caroline Andrew expresses her disappointment in Ledwell’s report considering their efforts at self-funding through membership fees.