NEW! “Committed to Competence” Webinar Available on the College Website

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers invites members to watch footage from the “Committed to Competence” webinar on its website and YouTube channel! The webinar, which was originally hosted by the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) on November 25, 2020, features the College’s Christina Van Sickle, MSW, RSW, Director, Professional Practice, and Sue Kowalski, MSW, RSW, Professional Practice Associate. “Committed to Competence” reviews the history and requirements of the College’s…

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Revisit the 2020 Educational Forums on the College Website!

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) invites you to watch recently added videos of the 2020 Educational Forums on our website and YouTube channel! The videos have been edited for optimal viewing and include closed captioning. The Educational Forums are part of the College’s Glenda McDonald Educational Series. These half-day events help members stay connected with the College while gaining valuable knowledge on issues that impact social work and…

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Council Meeting Highlights for December 2, 2020

The Council is the 21-member governing body and board of directors that manages and administers College affairs. The policies developed by Council provide direction to the College and to staff. December 2, 2020 Toula Kourgiantakis, RSW, President, provided her report to Council.Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar and CEO, and Laura Sheehan, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council. The report provided updates under each strategic priority in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan and included information about…

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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…

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Statistics Canada Questionnaire: Impacts of COVID-19 on Health Care Workers

The following message, which includes an invitation to complete a questionnaire on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care workers, is being sent on behalf of Statistics Canada. This initiative is a collaboration between Statistics Canada, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Statistics Canada encourages anyone working in a health care setting to participate. Message from Statistics Canada: Your participation is important: Your voice…

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Important COVID-19 Update as Some Regions Move into Lockdown

In light of last week’s provincial announcement, which moved Toronto and Peel into “Lockdown” effective Monday, November 23, 2020, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) would like to take this opportunity to provide an update as to how these ongoing developments may impact members and other stakeholders. As part of its new response framework, the province made the decision to move Toronto and Peel into “Lockdown” as of Monday,…

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Reminder – Survey: Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on RSWs and RSSWs

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is undertaking a review of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on members’ practice. As part of this review, the College would like to remind all members to participate in a survey. We recognize that many of you are facing challenges – both personally and professionally – and have had to adapt your practice and services as a result of the pandemic. Your…

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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…

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Membership Renewals Now Open!

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 is December 31, 2020. 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” tab on the top left-hand side of your screen and select “2021 renewal” to complete the annual renewal…

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Survey: Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on RSWs and RSSWs

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is undertaking a review of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on members’ practice. As part of this review, we are asking all members to participate in a survey. We recognize that many of you are facing challenges – both personally and professionally – and have had to adapt your practice and services as a result of the pandemic. Your participation in this…

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