Terms and Conditions

This website is provided by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the “College”), conditional on your acceptance of the terms and conditions of use set forth below.

By accessing, using or downloading materials from this site, you agree to accept and abide by these terms and conditions for each use and each visit to this site. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you should not access this site.

1. Changes to Terms and Conditions

The College has the sole right to add, change or remove any part of these terms and conditions. If you continue to use this site, you will be considered to have accepted all of these terms and conditions.

2. Permitted and Prohibited Uses

Users of this website may not:

  • sell material from this site or reproduce it for sale without the express written permission of the College.
  • use this site in a way that could damage it or the material displayed on it.
  • interfere with site security or the security of linked sites.
  • disrupt or interfere with another person’s use of this website.
  • use this site or the information on it to send any type of mass email.
  • attempt to gain unauthorized access to the restricted areas of this site.

3. Proprietary Rights

This site is protected by copyright. Commercial or for-profit redistribution of the materials on this site, in part or in whole, is prohibited except with the written consent of the College.

Except as otherwise specifically noted, the materials on this site may be reproduced for personal or educational use, in part or in whole and by any means, without charge or further permission from the College, provided that:

  • due diligence is exercised in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced;
  • the College is identified as the source; and
  • the reproduction is not represented as an official version of the materials reproduced; or as having been made in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of the College.

When materials on this site are reproduced as part of a published work (i.e., included in a book, journal article, or website), written consent is required as well as notification when the final work is published or posted.

For permission to reproduce the materials on this site for redistribution or republication, contact the College.

4. Names, Graphics, Visual Identity and Word-marks

The names, graphics, visual identity and word-marks on this site are the exclusive property of the College and may not be copied, imitated or used in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the College.

5. Privacy

The College is committed to providing website users with a website which respects their privacy.

In particular, the protection of confidential member information is of paramount importance to the College. In this context, the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998 provides for the confidentiality of information related to the administration of the Act.

Individual members may access their own information in their private account in the Online Services area of the web site. Each member is required to authenticate their identity to access their private account. No other individuals, other than specifically designated College staff, are entitled to gain access to this information.

Through this website, the College only obtains specific personal information from you, such as your name, phone number or email address, if you supply such information (by, for example, sending us an email, submitting an inquiry, or providing such information in a secure portion of the site).

We will not trade, sell or rent your personal information. The College takes precautions — including administrative, technical, and physical measures — to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. The College uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on all web pages where personal information is located. To provide or to update personal information in your profile, you must use an SSL-enabled browser such as Safari, Netscape Navigator 3.0 or later, or Internet Explorer.

You can help us by also taking precautions to protect your personal information when you are on the Internet. For example, change your passwords often using a combination of letters and numbers.

We regularly review our information-handling practices. If you have any questions or comments in this regard, please use the Contact Information at the end of this document.

6. Cookies

The College uses “cookies” to improve the quality of your visit to this website by providing you with personalized information and features. Cookies are a software technology that enables the College’s systems to recognize your computer and collect non-personal information about you. This type of information may include: type of browser used to access the Internet, type of operating system, and the domain of your Internet service provider.

7. Links and Third Party Content

Certain links on this site may take you to other websites. The College provides these links only as a convenience. If you use linked sites, you will leave this site. If you decide to visit any linked site, you do so at your own risk.

The College is not responsible for the contents of any such linked page or any other page not under its control.

Any mention of another party or its products or services on this website should not be construed as an endorsement of that party or its products or services. If you decide to access linked third party websites, you do so at your own risk.

Links do not imply that the College sponsors, endorses, is affiliated or associated with, or is legally authorized to use any trademark, trade name, visual identity or wordmark, or copyright displayed in or accessible through the links, or that any linked website is authorized to use any trademark, trade name, logo or copyright symbol of the College.

Links to other websites on the College’s website are only included if they are an integral part of content posted on this website. The College has final approval of all posted links.

8. Disclaimers

You acknowledge that your use or reliance on this website, or any documents, materials, resources or references on this website or referred to or recommended through this website, including without limitation any service, product or information, whether provided by the College or a third party (collectively, the “resources”), is at your own risk.

The resources are not intended to provide you or any other person or entity with any advice.

Neither the College nor any council member, officer, employee, member, supplier, agent or representative of the College (collectively, the “representatives”) make any representation or warranty of any kind regarding the resources, which are provided on an “as is”, “where is” and “as available” basis.

The representatives expressly disclaim all representations, warranties and conditions, including without limitation any implied warranties and conditions, including without limitation any implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, satisfactory quality, merchantable quality, title, non-infringement of proprietary rights and fitness for a particular purpose and those arising by statute or otherwise in law or from a course of dealing or use of trade.

The representatives do not guarantee, and make no representation or warranty as to the truthfulness, accuracy, reliability, correctness, currency, veracity or completeness of the resources or warrant that this website (or, to the extent applicable, any resource) will continue to operate, operate without interruptions or that it will be error-free, that defects will be corrected or that it will be free of viruses or other destructive elements.

The representatives have no obligation to maintain either the availability or the currency of the resources or to provide notice of any changes made to the resources, and take no responsibility for the resources or for any damages to users of the resources, however caused.

If you identify any error on this website or any material that you consider to be inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate, please immediately email us at info@ocswssw.org and we will take such action as we in our absolute discretion see fit.The reliability and confidentiality of unencrypted communications and transmissions through the Internet cannot be controlled or guaranteed by the College. Such communications are inherently insecure and can potentially be viewed by unauthorized third parties.

9. Limitation of Liability

YOU AGREE THAT THE REPRESENTATIVES WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR OTHER DAMAGES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES FOR HARM TO BUSINESS, LOSS OF INFORMATION OR PROGRAMS OR DATA, LOSS OF PROFIT, LOSS OF SAVINGS, LOSS OF REVENUE) UNDER ANY LEGAL THEORY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE RESOURCES OR THE USE THEREOF OR THE INABILITY TO USE THIS WEBSITE OR THE MATERIALS IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER, EVEN IF ANY REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE OR LOSS.

In any event, you agree that the aggregate liability of the representatives for all damages whatsoever, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, shall be limited to the amount paid by you to the College, if any, for accessing this site.

10. General

If any provision of these terms and conditions is held by any competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, the validity of the other provisions of these terms and conditions and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected.

These terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and us in relation to access to this website supersede any previous agreement or understanding and may not be varied except in writing by us. All other terms and conditions express or implied by statute or otherwise, are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Contact Information:

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
1000-250 Bloor St. East
Toronto, ON M4W 1E6
Tel: (416) 972-9882
Fax: (416) 972-1512
Email: info@ocswssw.org
Web: www.ocswssw.org