The social work and social service work professions are regulated by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) under the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998.

In Ontario, only members of the College can use the protected titles:

  • Social worker
  • Social service worker
  • Registered social worker
  • Registered social service worker

Registration is also required if an individual represents them self or holds them self out as a social worker or social service worker.

Value of Registration

College registration demonstrates that the member:

It also provides confidence to employers and to the public that members are professional, ethical, qualified and accountable.

Public Protection

Professional self-regulation protects the public from unqualified, incompetent and unfit practitioners. As part of its public protection mandate, the College considers all information it receives concerning the alleged conduct of its members and assesses it through its complaints & discipline processes.

Find a Social Worker or Social Service Worker

As mandated by the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998, the OCSWSSW maintains a Register which lists all registered social workers and social service workers in Ontario and includes information regarding a member’s registration status and discipline history (if any) and their employer contact information.

To find a registered social worker or registered social service worker, consult the College’s Register.