What Is W.I.?

Welcome To The Federated Women’s Institutes Of Canada

Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to inspire women to make a difference by making change count.

In February 1919, the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada was formed so that rural women of Canada would be empowered to speak as one voice at the national level, and so that national programs and projects could be coordinated. FWIC’s first president was Judge Emily Murphy of Edmonton (also known as Janey Canuck), an outstanding woman of remarkable ability and energy.


  • To provide a united national voice for all Women’s Institutes of Canada
  • To initiate national programs and provide resource material
  • To provide a medium of inter-communication among the units of the federation
  • To provide leadership in the promotion of Canadian agriculture and community living
  • To develop responsible citizens through the study of issues of national and international importance
  • Owns and operates Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead

What is W.I.?

Proud of our Past, Prepared for our Future
Women Inspired to Make Change Count