History of ISS Canada

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.