NBWI - New Brunswick Women's Institute

Frequently Asked Questions


New Brunswick Women's Institute (NBWI) offers
you the opportunity to learn and be involved in
the issues affecting our society today.

Is WI affiliated with a church?
No, WI is not connected to any churches or political organizations.

Are you allowed to belong to a Branch even if you do not live in the community?
Absolutely. Many Branches are named after communities or past members and their members live in different areas.

What do you do at a meeting?
We have a business meeting to see to the monthly activities of the group and then a learning program. Sometimes the meetings have refreshments or meals and they often take place in members' homes, halls, or restaurants. It usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

How is WI organized?
WI is a grass roots organization that has its strength in its Branches. In NB there are approximately 70 Branches around the province with anywhere from 2 or 3 members to 24 members. In order to distribute info and be organized, the organization has three levels;

  • Branch, District/Area, and Provincial, with the power resting in the Branches and the other levels being responsible for communication and administration.

How much does it cost to belong to WI?
Dues to belong are decided by the Branches. They are often in the $2 range, and the groups work together to earn funds to meet financial commitments.



  • NBWI provides nine (9) different academic scholarships annually NBWI offers sessions on various topics such as environmental concerns, women's rights, health education, legal issues, family violence and many other subjects.
  • NBWI maintains and operates the WI Home for Senior Ladies. This home established in 1952, is the only one like it in Canada and offers a cozy home atmosphere for senior women.
  • NBWI offers education to members during conventions at the district and provincial level.
  • NBWI supports the crew of HMCS Fredericton with their annual Bike for Wishes fund raising event, providing meals for the bikers, refreshments along the way and attending the rallies.
  • NBWI lobbies governments and other agencies regarding changes and reforms to improve family and community life.
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