About the College

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is a regulatory body whose primary duty is to serve and protect the public interest. The College’s mandate is to regulate the practice of social work and social service work and to govern its members.

The College was created when the province of Ontario fully proclaimed the Social Work and Social Service Work Act (1998) on August 15, 2000. College membership is required for any person in Ontario who wishes to use the title “social worker” or “social service worker” and/or “registered social worker” or “registered social service worker”. College membership is required if a person represents or holds out expressly or by implication that he or she is a social worker or a social service worker or a registered social worker or a registered social service worker.

Who to Contact at the College


Lise Betteridge, Registrar and CEO
Ext. 225 or email: lbetteridge@ocswssw.org

Denitha Breau, Deputy Registrar
Ext. 219 or email: dbreau@ocswssw.org

Amy Vranchidis, Senior Executive Assistant to the Registrar and CEO
Ext. 224 or email: avranchidis@ocswssw.org


Paul Cucci, Membership Manager
Ext. 202 or email: pcucci@ocswssw.org

Anne Vézina, Membership Administrator (bilingual)
Ext. 211 or email: avezina@ocswssw.org

For general inquiries please email: info@ocswssw.org


Christina Van Sickle, Director of Professional Practice
Ext. 226 or email: cvansickle@ocswssw.org

Sue Botelho, Professional Practice Associate
Ext. 227 or email: sbotelho@ocswssw.org

Contact Christina or Sue with professional practice questions.


Sarah Choudhury, Director, Communications
Ext. 430 or email: schoudhury@ocswssw.org

John Gilson, Communications Officer
Ext. 420 or email: jgilson@ocswssw.org

Contact Sarah or John regarding the College’s website, newsletter, Annual Report and other publications.


For general registration inquiries, please email: registration@ocswssw.org

If you are a graduate of a program not in social work or social service work and have a registration inquiry, please email: equivalency@ocswssw.org


For information on complaints, discipline and mandatory reporting, please email: investigations@ocswssw.org

If you are aware of any individual who is illegally using a protected title and/or holding themselves out as a social worker or a social service worker, you may report this information to the College at titleprotection@ocswssw.org.