History of the ISS Network

International Social Service

The massive migration towards North and South America, blocked during the First World War, resumed with unprecedented force in the 1920’s. The world’s social welfare agencies were unprepared for the volume and the complexity of the problems facing them. The needs of migrating persons were studied and, as a result, an organization was established with offices in several European countries where cooperative action between nations was required. This organization was known as International Migration Service until 1946 when it expanded and became known as International Social Service (ISS).

ISS Global Network

Since 1924, International Social Service has developed a highly respected global network comprised of:

  • A General Secretariat in Geneva
  • National Branches (including ISS Canada) or Affiliated Bureaus in 20 countries
  • Correspondents in over 100 countries

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).