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About Us

Who We Are

International Social Service Canada (ISS Canada) is a non-profit agency that provides assistance to individuals, families, and agencies needing to access social service agencies worldwide.​ As part of an international network, ISS Canada accesses social services worldwide through the global network of our parent organization, International Social Service, located in Geneva. ​Experts in dealing with complex family matters arising from differing cultural, legal, political and social situations, ISS Canada is an indispensable resource for government departments, social service agencies and other organizations needing assistance to resolve complex cases that cross national borders.

History of International Social Service Canada

In Canada, ISS services began in the 1950’s as a program of the Canadian Welfare Council (now the Canadian Council on Social Development). In 1979, International Social Service Canada was federally incorporated as a non-profit organization and accepted by the ISS International Council in Geneva as the Canadian Branch of International Social Service.

ISS Canada is governed by a national volunteer Board of Directors. ISS Canada provides the vital link on behalf of Canadian agencies and government departments to the ISS international network in order to assist them in resolving problematic individual and family situations that cross national borders.

ISS Canada accesses social services worldwide through the global network of International Social Service. Complex family matters arising from differing cultural, legal, political and social situations make ISS an indispensable resource for government departments, social service agencies and other organizations needing assistance to resolve complex cases that cross national borders.

Our Mission

ISS Canada is a non-profit organization which mobilizes domestic and international networks of professionals to effectively connect individuals, children and families separated by international borders to access the services and supports they need.

ISS Canada fulfils its mission and promotes international cooperation through:

  • cross-border casework and social welfare service amongst its worldwide member agencies;
  • advocacy that strengthens international laws and standards to advance rights and extend protection of children and families and ultimately lead to full implementation of international human rights conventions around the world;
  • development of social and legal scholarship and expertise to expand the skills of practitioners and the capacity of service systems to advance social and legal protection.