Supporting the well-being of seafarers in Canada


The International Sailors Society Canada (ISSC) is a registered charity that contributes to seafarer centres and organizations in Canada that provide welfare support to merchant seafarers.   Through the facilities and services offered by the centres, ships arriving in port are visited by chaplains who reach out to thousands of seafarers each year to enhance their well-being.   The support provided by the chaplains and volunteers helps to relieve the feeling of loneliness, isolation and sometimes distress, and provides assistance where possible.

Merchant seafarers are at the very heart of our work and are an essential link in our supply chain.

We seek to provide higher standards in provision of seafarers’ welfare, and to relieve distress and financial hardship wherever it occurs. We strive to ensure that multinational merchant seafarers are treated fairly, positively and with respect and are not just the invisible and largely forgotten community that people mostly take for granted but upon whom we all unconsciously rely for so much of our daily life. We offer support to their family and relatives when disaster, piracy or personal tragedy occurs.

We aim to bridge that gap and make them feel welcome and valued. The men and women who make up the maritime industry make huge sacrifices to provide the peoples of the world with the modern way of life to which we have become accustomed.

The ISSC is affiliated with the Sailors' Society in the UK and several other branches worldwide.