The Catholic Women’s League of Canada (the League) was organized nationally on June 17, 1920 and granted federal incorporation on December 12, 1923. The League is officially recognized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) as a lay association of women and is affiliated with the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO), a world-wide federation holding membership in the conference of International Catholic Organizations (ICO) and having consultative status with agencies of the United Nations.
Membership is established and maintained by payment of the annual prescribed membership fee through a local parish council. Four categories of membership are available:
- General Membership: a Catholic woman 16 years of age or over, may become a member, with voting privileges and with eligibility for office by election or appointment.
- Life Membership: a member, nominated by a diocesan or provincial council, fulfilling the criteria established by the national executive, may be awarded a life membership in national council.
- Honorary Life Membership: a distinctive honour bestowed on a member who has served as national president.
- Associate Membership: a non-Catholic woman 16 years of age or over may become a member, with voting privileges, but without eligibility for office by election or appointment.