How the Council fulfills its mandate
Mission and Mandate
The Canada Safety Council is a national, non-government, charitable organization dedicated to safety. Our mission is to lead in the national effort to reduce preventable deaths, injuries and economic loss in public and private places throughout Canada. We serve as a credible, reliable resource for safety information, education and awareness in all aspects of Canadian life – in traffic, at home, at work and at leisure.
Focusing on safety education as the key to long range reduction in avoidable deaths and injuries, the Council serves as a national resource for safety programs, working with and through partner organizations who deliver and/or fund these programs.
Our mandate is to serve as a credible third party acting on the sole basis of our commitment to safety for Canadians. We do not accept funding that is conditional on taking a stand contrary to the best interests of Canadians.
Margins from training programs and sponsorships contribute to overhead. Corporate and individual members fund the Council’s non-revenue-generating work through annual contributions. With this support, plus a dedicated, knowledgeable staff and cost-effective operations, we fulfill our safety mandate.
In the public policy arena, we suggest, support and promote safety legislation, with strong emphasis on gaining public understanding and acceptance of such laws and regulations.
The Council’s role is unique; there is no comparable Canadian organization.
Statement of Independence
Like most not-for-profit organizations, we regularly approach the private sector for funding. Companies and industry associations may sponsor initiatives related to their interests. Corporate philanthropy enables the Canada Safety Council to fulfill its mission while at the same time helping the sponsor achieve compatible business objectives.
However, we have never and will never place the interests of any industry above public safety. We take into account information from a wide spectrum of experts and stakeholders in the overall context of the public good. By maintaining a diversified revenue base, we avoid conflicts of interest that might compromise our independence.
Public Policy and Government Relations
Canada Safety Council often adds to the public debate of a safety issue by providing reliable information and raising concerns that may not have otherwise been considered – offering a voice of reason on emotionally-driven issues. By articulating an objective, well-informed perspective, CSC engages the public, legislators and the media in discussion. Directors and members are kept advised of these activities, and relevant communications are accessible to the public on-line.
CSC, with its broad mandate, is not a single-issue organization. It does not represent victims or commercial interests, but takes into account information from a wide spectrum of stakeholders in the overall context of the public good. The Board of Directors, members and a broad base of partners provide the legitimate mandate for CSC to carry out its work.
Working with government to form and implement public policy is integral to the Canada Safety Council’s mandate. As a non-government organization, CSC suggests, supports and educates the public about safety legislation, with a strong emphasis on gaining public understanding and acceptance of laws and regulations.
CSC maintains relationships with government agencies through committee work, direct correspondence, projects and programs. Occasionally, the Council provides expert input to standing committees reviewing legislation and expert witness to judicial proceedings or coroner’s inquests. CSC uses government sources for statistics when available. While some government agencies are members, operations are not funded by government grants.