The Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada is the recipient of the third-largest sustaining grant awarded by Health and Welfare Canada for the 1986-87 financial year.

Planned Parenthood is to receive $139,200.  Only the Canadian Mental Health Association ($162,300) and the Canadian Public Health Association ($143,700) have been awarded higher grants.  In contrast to the large amount awarded to PPFC, the only other family planning organization to receive government funding is Serena Canada which gets $83,400.

In all, 51 national voluntary health organizations are to be funded by Health and Welfare in 1987.  Among them are Juvenile Diabetes Foundation ($12,000), Kidney Foundation ($97,300), La Leche League ($46,400), Multiple Schlerosis Society ($111,200), Muscular Dystrophy Association ($55,600), Palliative Care Foundation ($102,000), Parent Resources Institute for Drug Education ($9,300) and the Spina Bifida Association ($27,800).

When announcing the grants, Health and Welfare Minister Jake Epp praised the “valuable work” performed by voluntary organizations.  “The work accomplished more than compensates the funds allocated to them,” he said.  Many taxpayers may question the government’s perception that Planned Parenthood is worthy of a larger grant than organizations such as Serena, the Spina Bifida, Multiple Schlerosis and Muscular Dystrophy Associations.