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 Chair Mandi Olson, RSSW – Vice-Chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW – Vice-Chair Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW – Executive Member Pam Murphy, Public member – Executive Member Durel Williams, RSW – Executive Member Council received orientation and training from Crowe Soberman LLP regarding financial reports and Council responsibilities. September 9, 2022 (9…

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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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2022-2023 College Council Remains Committed to Protecting Ontarians

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to announce the College Council for 2022/2023. “Social workers and social service workers play an integral role in the lives of Ontario’s most vulnerable populations, from seniors to children,” said Council Chair John Fleming, who was elected to the position on September 8, 2022. “Everyone benefits when they receive care and services from regulated professionals. Ontarians have the right to assume…

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Funding Opportunity from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is offering a funding opportunity to build workforce capacity in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). The second round of funding through the Ontario Autism Program Workforce Capacity Fund has opened. Further details about the Fund and how to apply are available on the government’s website. This time-limited fund provides 12-month grants to support capacity-building activities and projects led by children’s service providers who deliver clinical services in…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – July 14, 2022

Natasha Young, RSW, reflected on the land acknowledgement, as an Indigenous member of the Task Group.Task Group member Sandra Southwind, RSW, set the intention for the meeting.Co-chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW, welcomed Task Group members to the meeting.The minutes from the May 9, 2022 meeting of the Task Group were reviewed.The Task Group engaged in a debrief with guest Karen Mock on the facilitated discussion on anti-Semitism held at the May 9, 2022 meeting.The Task Group…

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Watch the 2022 AMED Videos Online!

The College held its 2022 Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED) virtually on June 10, 2022 with over 2,200 registered attendees. There were more than 1,400 attendees who tuned in live on our virtual portal and many more viewing the presentations on-demand afterwards, making this year’s AMED a tremendous success!   We invite members to watch the videos of the AMED sessions — the theme of which was Learning and Unlearning in a Changing Landscape…

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