On 01 February 2009, the Canadian Cancer Society integrated the operations of the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC), creating the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. This new Institute has an Open access policy that is currently the same as the policy that was adopted on 01 August 2008 by the NCIC. (See: Another Canadian Access Policy, October 1, 2008).
Comment: The new Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute is supported by funds provided by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). The CCS is a national, community-based organization of volunteers. The NCIC was established in 1947 through a joint initiative of the CCS and what was then the federal Department of National Health and Welfare (now Health Canada). However, most of the funds used by the NCIC to support cancer research in Canada were donated to the CCS, or to the Terry Fox Foundation. Thus, the NCIC was quite different from the NCI, which is an agency of the federal government of the USA. In the past, this difference was a source of some misunderstanding, which the change in name should dispel.