OCSWSSW Renewals Now Open!

You can now renew your registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) for 2023. The deadline to complete your renewal and payment for the year 2023 is December 31, 2022. Keeping your registration with the College is important. 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.” RENEW YOUR REGISTRATION! New registrants…

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Election Results RE: Council Vacancy in District No. 2 – Social Service Work Category

On Friday, October 28, the elected members of Council voted to fill the Council vacancy for the social service work category in Electoral District No. 2. The following registrant is the candidate who received the greatest number of votes: Sandra Sidsworth, RSSW Sandra will join Council for the remainder of the term, which is until the first Council meeting after the next election in District 2, scheduled for May 2025. Role of Council members Council…

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Coming Soon: Member Renewals 2023

As a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, you must pay your membership fees annually, by December 31. Keeping your membership current is important. It demonstrates your commitment to professional, ethical, qualified and accountable practice. It also says something important about the professions of social work and social service work as a whole, and about you as an individual practitioner. The renewal season will commence in mid November 2022.…

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Inclusive Communications Assessment

Attention service users and the Ontario public: The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is working in collaboration with AndHumanity, an inclusive marketing agency, to assess its overall marketing and communication initiatives and identify opportunities to be more inclusive of service users. If you are interested in participating, please complete the screening questions at the following link: Call-out to the public form  We are specifically seeking feedback from those who…

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Important Notice – Online Services Maintenance Update

The College’s online services, including the Online Register, Member Portal and Applicant Portal, will be unavailable for a scheduled update as of Thursday, October 20th until Monday, October 24th. To find a member or confirm the registration status of a social worker or social service worker, please contact the College at info@ocswssw.org. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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OCSWSSW Invites Employers in St. Catharines and Barrie to its Virtual Employer Roundtable

Attention Employers in St. Catharines and Barrie: The College would like to invite your organization to participate in the College’s virtual Employer Roundtable, which is being held on Thursday, November 10, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The event will provide employers of social workers and social service workers with an interactive opportunity to: learn about the College’s public protection mandate;discuss the importance of registration; andexplore some of the challenges that face employers today in…

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Call for Nominations for Council Vacancy – October 2022

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) has recently accepted a resignation from the elected social service worker for Electoral District No. 2. Accordingly, there is a social service work vacancy on Council. We encourage you to consider expressing your interest in filling this vacancy. Bylaw 36 requires the College to identify social service work members from District 2 who are willing to serve on Council for the remainder of the…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – September 20, 2022

Amanda Bettencourt, RSSW, reflected on the Land Acknowledgement, as an Indigenous Member of the Task Group.Co-Chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW, welcomed Task Group members to the meeting.The minutes from the July 14, 2022 meeting of the Task Group were reviewed.Lise Betteridge, Registrar and CEO, provided some background information regarding Council’s approval of the following recommendations:approval of a bylaw amendment to Bylaw No. 1, which adds the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to the College’s list of…

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Registration for the 2022 Educational Forum Now Open!

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) invites members to attend its virtual Educational Forum on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. EST.  What to Expect at the Educational ForumThis half-day virtual event is an excellent opportunity for members to stay connected with the College and gain valuable knowledge through the following agenda: College updateKeynote address, entitled The Journey to Unity: Disrupting Racism and Decolonizing Child Welfare,…

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College Office Closed for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) will be closed on Friday, September 30th in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about and reflect on the dark chapter in the country’s history and to commemorate the survivors of the residential “school” system, their families and their communities. The College is committed to continuing…

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Council Highlights for September 8-9, 2022

September 8, 2022 (9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.) The following Council members were elected by Council to the Executive Committee:John Fleming, Public member – Council ChairMandi Olson, RSSW – Vice-ChairSanjay Govindaraj, RSW – Vice-ChairMukesh Kowlessar, RSSW – Executive MemberPam Murphy, Public member – Executive MemberDurel Williams, RSW – Executive MemberCouncil received orientation and training from Crowe Soberman LLP regarding financial reports and Council responsibilities. September 9, 2022 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Council reviewed and…

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Save the Date for the 2022 Educational Forum!

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is happy to announce that it will be holding its virtual Educational Forum on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The Educational Forum is part of the Glenda McDonald Educational Series. The College is pleased to have Sherrie Moore, MSW, RSW, Service Director, Family and Children’s Services Niagara, and Elizabeth Sault, Indigenous Healing and Wellness Program Coordinator & Indigenous Advocate, as…

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