As the regulatory body for social workers and social service workers in Ontario, the College has a responsibility to protect the public from unqualified, incompetent and unfit practitioners. The College fulfills its mandate by:

  • Regulating the practice of social work and social service work and governing its members.
  • Setting entry-to-practice requirements to ensure that only those with specialized educational qualifications are eligible for registration.
  • Setting, maintaining and ensuring that all members follow the Standards of Practice.
  • Requiring members to engage in ongoing learning through the Continuing Competence Program (CCP).
  • Maintaining rigorous complaints and discipline processes.

All of these important regulatory activities come with a cost, including legal fees (including those which can arise in a contested discipline hearing, for example) and capital expenditures (such as database upgrades associated with leveraging technology). Self-regulation is a privilege, the cost of which must be covered entirely through member fees.

Annual Fee Increase for 2018

After careful consideration, the College Council approved an increase of $10 to the general annual fee for 2018.

The 2018 annual fees are as follows:

Annual fee for College members $310
Registration fee for new members $310 + $100 application fee
New graduate registration fee* $210 + $100 application fee
Inactive category of membership fee $155
Annual fee for retired class (January 1, 2018 start date) $50

*New graduates are eligible for a $100 membership fee exemption for the first two years of membership if they apply for registration no later than December 31 of the year they obtain their degree or diploma.

Why Have College Fees Increased?

In order for the College to effectively fulfill its public protection mandate, member fees must reflect actual operating costs. This is increasingly true for the College as it has drawn down on its reserve, as planned.

“The College takes its duty to protect the public interest seriously,” said College Registrar Lise Betteridge, RSW. “This was not a decision made lightly by Council, but this increase ensures the College has the resources needed to continue to meet its mandate.”

Fees Remain Lower Than Most Professional Regulatory Bodies

Members can be assured that the College monitors its fees in relation to those of other regulators. The College’s registration, renewal and application fees remain lower than those of most other regulatory bodies of comparable size. Regulatory colleges with lower fees typically have much larger memberships.

Recognizing that fee increases may not always be popular with members, the College Council determined that its decision is prudent and necessary if the College is to continue to meet its public protection mandate and promote ethical and professional practice.

For more information regarding College annual fees, contact Paul Cucci, Membership Manager, at pcucci@ocswssw.org or by phone at ext. 202; or Anne Vézina, Membership Administrator (bilingual), at avezina@ocswssw.org or by phone at ext. 211.

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