16 Nov 2020

Professional Practice Update: FAQs on Cross-Jurisdictional Practice and 2020 CCP Reminder

The College is pleased to share the following updates and resources to support members’ practice.

NEW FAQs on Cross-Jurisdictional Practice

The College has been receiving an increased number of inquiries related to cross-jurisdictional practice. We have developed frequently asked questions to offer some guidance on this topic, including the following:

Q: I’m registered as a member of the College. Am I allowed to practise in other provinces/jurisdictions?

A: College members who are wondering whether they can provide services to clients who live outside Ontario are advised to contact the regulatory body of the province or jurisdiction where the client is located to determine the requirements of the regulatory body in that province or jurisdiction. Members in this situation are also advised to seek legal advice and contact their professional liability insurance provider before providing services.

Q: I’m registered as a member of the College, but not currently living in Ontario. Am I permitted to provide care and services to clients who live in Ontario?

A: Members of the College are permitted to practise in Ontario, whether or not they reside here. Practice may include direct or indirect, clinical or non-clinical care or services.

To read all FAQs on cross-jurisdictional practice, please visit the College website.

Reminder: 2020 Continuing Competence Program

Participation in the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a condition of registration and one of the ways that members demonstrate their commitment to professional and ethical practice. All members (with the exception of those in the retired class of certificate of registration) are required to participate in the CCP. This includes those who are not currently practising, in the inactive class of certificate of registration, on maternity, parental or sick leave, or who registered late in the year.

Please be advised that the Registration Regulation (Regulation 383/00) made under the Social Work and Social Service Work Act gives the College the authority to suspend the certificate of registration of a member for non-compliance with the CCP.

The CCP is self-directed: a wide variety of learning activities can count towards the fulfillment of your learning goals. Please visit the CCP section on the College website for more information on learning activities, documents, evaluation and more.

Required readings

As part of the 2020 CCP, you are required to review (along with the Standards of Practice) the following three resources:

Please contact practice@ocswssw.org if you have any questions related to this Professional Practice update.