The Community Liaison Committee was established by the federal Ministers of Health and Agriculture in 2000 in response to public concerns about the safety and containment procedures of CSCHAH laboratories. The aim of the committee is to develop and maintain an atmosphere of trust and confidence between CSCHAH and the community, by providing an ongoing forum for dialogue and information exchange.
Comprised of volunteer members representing a range of community interests (e.g., local residents, the Government of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, the medical community, the agricultural community, the academic community), the Community Liaison Committee secures and disseminates accurate information to foster greater understanding of the activities of CSCHAH. The Committee also monitors safety issues for the benefit of the community and CSCHAH staff. In addition, in the spring of 2005, the Committee began holding annual public meetings to provide all residents with an opportunity to raise
concerns and ask questions.
The CSCHAH approach to community relations, in particular the creation and successful operation of the Community Liaison Committee, has been applauded and emulated by laboratories in other countries.