03 Dec 2020

Important Reminder: Renew Your College Membership for 2021

As a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, your membership fee must be paid annually by December 31. Keeping your membership current is important. It demonstrates your commitment to professional, ethical, qualified and accountable practice. It says something important about the professions of social work and social service work as a whole, and also about you as an individual practitioner.

Members can now renew their membership and pay their annual fee through the College’s online member services. The deadline to complete your membership renewal and payment for the year 2021 is December 31, 2020. Payment methods accepted include credit card (Visa or Mastercard only), cheque, money order, or bank draft. Please note, Visa debit cards are not accepted and E-transfer payments are not available.

Members can renew their membership and pay their annual fee through the College’s online member services.

Renew your membership online

To renew your membership online, follow these easy steps:

  • Login using your User ID (your OCSWSSW registration number) and your password.
  • Click on the “2021 Renewals” link on the top left-hand side of your screen and select “2021 renewal” to complete the annual renewal of registration form and payment.

For more information regarding your membership renewal, please refer to the Guide for Online Services.

 Tax receipts and member cards available online

The College would like to remind members that tax receipts and member cards are available online following payment of the annual renewal fee. To access your tax receipt and member card, please follow the steps below:

  • Log in to your Online Member Services.
  • Click “Renewal Receipts” from the menu.
  • From the Membership Renewal History grid, click on the “Membership card and Receipt” of the selected Membership Year to open a PDF file that you can print, save or send by email.

2021 College fees

Taking into consideration the impact of COVID-19, operating costs and resource needs and other factors, the Council approved in May the recommendations of the Finance Committee that there be no increase to the general registration and membership fees in 2021.

The 2021 annual fees are as follows:

Annual fee for a general class certificate of registration   $360

Registration fee for new members in the general class     $360 + $100 application fee

of certificate of registration

New graduate registration fee*                                              $260 + $100 application fee

Inactive class of certificate of registration                           $180

Retired class of certificate of registration                            $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.

Note: Members who are planning to retire or are considering the retired class of certificate of registration can learn more here.

Remember: Only professionals registered with the College are allowed to use the titles “social worker,” “registered social worker,” “social service worker” or “registered social service worker.”

Questions about the annual fees can be directed to renewals@ocswssw.org.