IODE Canada - Our Mission
In 1900, Margaret Polson of Montreal encouraged the formation of a federation of women to promote patriotism, loyalty, and service to others. The first chapter, Federation of the Daughters of the Empire, was formed in New Brunswick on January 15th, 1900. Primary Chapters were formed in quick succession across Canada, as were children's chapters. In 1901, the Federation was incorporated as the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire and Children of the Empire Junior Branch.
The name IODE was officially adopted in the 1970's. We are a federally chartered charitable organization. Under the jurisdiction of The National Chapter of Canada IODE are Provincial, Municipal, and Primary chapters across Canada. With more than 3,500 members across Canada in 200 chapters, the IODE tradition of serving children, youth, and those in need continues.
IODE Canada is a national women's charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education support, community service, and citizenship programs.