Joanne Tod was born in Montréal, Québec in 1953. She studied fine arts at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto from 1970 to 1974.
Her works are in a realist style often figurative, depicting women. More recently her works depict interior scenes and comment on society, education, and communities. Feminism has been a popular subject for her works.
Currently she lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. She is a professor at the University of Toronto in the art department and member of The Royal Canadian Academy.
Her work is part of the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, among others.