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 members across Canada in rural and unban communities chapters, the IODE tradition of serving children, youth, and those in need continues.
To promote education of all kinds, and particularly the study of history and current questions, and to advance and assist such study by the preservation of tangible reminders of the course of history.
To care for the widows, orphans and dependants of Canadian and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and airmen during war, in time of peace or under sickness, accident or reverses of fortune;
Statement of Values
IODE Canada’s core values of respect, integrity, inclusiveness and dedication to excellence are the foundation of service to the public and IODE members. These core values provide us with a means of guiding and evaluating decisions, operations, planning and teamwork in support of IODE’s mission.
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.
IODE … women dedicated to a better Canada