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Ilda Januário (b 1950), is a Portuguese scholar raised in Quebec. Studying anthropology at McGill University and the University of Montreal, her Master's thesis focused on the Portuguese women in Montreal ("Les activites economiques des immigrantes portugaises au Portugal et a Montreal a travers les recits de vie"). Moving to Toronto in 1982, Januário has been a research chair at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) since 1985.
Januário was involved in the Portuguese-Canadian Coalition for Better Education, a volunteer umbrella group which advocates for Portuguese-Canadian and working-class students and parents in Toronto public and Catholic schools. She has also served as president of the Toronto Portuguese Parents' Association (TPPA) from 1994 to 2003. Januário has also worked in the Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW), as well as the serving as coordinator for the Research Network on Work and Lifelong Learning (WALL).
Januário was also involved in the Comite Lar dos Idosos, a committee arising out of the 50th Anniversary: Celebrating Portuguese Canadians Committee that succeeded in obtaining a number of beds at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Mississauga designated for Luso-Canadians).
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