The International Social Service (ISS) is an international NGO founded in 1924, following the war, in order to reunite families. Today it has grown into a network of over 120 national entities governed by the General Secretariat (Geneva, Switzerland) in order to assist children, individuals and families confronted with complex social problems as a result of migration.
ISS services began in the 1950’s as a program of the Canadian Welfare Council. 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 between Canadian agencies and government departments and 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.
In a world where people are safe, protected and supported without discrimination.
That people have a right to a safe environment that supports positive development of their well-being and sense of belonging.
In the strength of our global network and partnerships with national and local organizations.
to human rights, social justice, professional integrity and service excellence.
and protect the integrity and the dignity of all human beings.
We would not be able to operate and assist the number of people we do without the contribution of these key players.
The Board of Directors of ISS Canada is made up of experienced professionals in the fields of social work, youth protection, migrant populations, and intergovernmental relations who are committed to protecting children and adults and reuniting families separated by borders.