We Help Build Healthy and Resilient Families

We are a national network of leaders from community-based social service agencies across Canada. Through shared learning and leadership development, we strengthen our organizations to the benefit of Canadian families.

For more than 25 years, Family Service Canada members have tackled some of the most significant and pressing issues, trends, and challenges that face leaders in the nation’s social service sector. By working together, we’re better equipped to develop and deliver the support Canadians need as they face increasingly complex challenges.

Our mission is to promote learning and the exchange of expertise through the dynamic relationships between executive leaders of family-serving organizations in Canada.

Our vision is to be a vibrant network of exceptional family serving organizations building capacity in communities across Canada.

About Family Service Canada

Learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we’re helping Canadians navigate some of the most complex issues of their lives.

Explore Membership

Every new member brings (and gains) knowledge, experience, and insight. Learn more about membership and how you can join.

May 2021 Newsletter

In this issue: Message from the Board // Blog: Become an Antiracist Organization // New Men’s Helpline in Nova Scotia:  Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia in collaboration with the Department of Community Services, Status of Women, and 211 // CEO Spotlight: Sharon Amirault, CEO, Family Plus/Life Solutions

Latest Blog Posts

It isn’t easy to put into a few words the benefits that Family Services of Peel has gained over the years as a Family Service Canada member. The collective experience, knowledge and intuitive understanding of the issues NGO’s face are shared openly; after all, who wants to continually spend their time reinventing the wheel. It’s great having an encyclopedia of knowledge and experience you can tap into.

Chuck MacLean, Executive Director, Family Services of Peel

I love FSC. The networking, comradery, and intelligence of the members have supported me in making good decisions and positively impacting children and families in our Edmonton community.

Pauline Smale, CEO, The Family Centre of Northern Alberta

Our membership in Family Service Canada has been invaluable. From the leadership development and connection to learning about initiatives across the country to sharing information and intel about granting opportunities, policy and government relations.

Trish St. Onge, Executive Director, CFS Saskatoon

The opportunity to work with other family service agency leaders across the country is invaluable. Family Service Canada gives me immediate access to a network of dynamic professionals who share my commitment to supporting families by providing quality programs.

Joyce Zuk, Executive Director, Family Services Windsor-Essex

Being a member of Family Service Canada has greatly enriched my network of professional connections providing leaders to seek advice from, to learn from and to get support when it is needed. Our Community of Learning initiatives have influenced our local strategies and provided great insights and solid examples of successful service delivery models.

Deirdre Speers, Executive Director, Family Services Ottawa

Family Service Canada and the network of agencies across the country have been instrumental to me as a community organization leader here in Saint John, New Brunswick. Connecting with like organizations, hearing about tried and true programs and different funding opportunities, and the training and professional development I’ve attained were invaluable. Within the network, I’ve felt very comfortable reaching out to my colleagues when I needed a policy, a template, or just to debrief or chat; these professionals were only an email or phone call away.

Heather Maughan, Executive Director, Family Plus / Life Solutions, Inc.

In my experience, FSC has felt like being part of one big family. I’ve appreciated

  • being able to connect, share, ask for advice and give advice concerning all the good and less good things that happen in our field of work
  • knowing that whatever happens, there is always a “colleague” to listen and help
  • experiencing continuous enrichment through COLs and meetings
Leentje Deleuil, Executive Director, Family Enrichment and Counselling Service, Inc.

Our organization has benefitted and grown immensely from being a Family Service Canada member through the shared learning and collaboration of programs and ideas! As an Executive Director, I look to FSC for valuable insight into trends impacting our sector and potential areas of program enhancement!

Nancy MacDonald, Executive Director, Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia

It is truly wonderful to belong to an organization like FSC! Here leaders come together in a spirit of generously sharing their experiences and expertise, all in the service of a common goal to provide exemplary supports to families in need of assistance.

Dr. Troy Davies, CEO, Catholic Social Services