Consumers' Association of Canada
The Consumers' Association of Canada (CAC) is a voluntary, nonsectarian, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization known until 1962 as the Canadian Association of Consumers. The CAC was formally established in 1947 as the outgrowth of successful efforts of the federal WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD to enlist (1941) 56 various women's organizations to monitor prices in aid of wartime rationing. In 1961 the association expanded its membership to include men.
CAC volunteers serve their communities across Canada in provincial organizations that are affiliated with CAC National. CAC's policies are developed by its members and are administered by a board of directors elected annually from among the membership.
CAC maintains a national office in Ottawa and volunteer-staffed offices in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver. CAC's activities encompass 5 broad areas: communication, health care, food and nutrition, financial services and general marketplace issues.