Acknowledging Recent Anti-Muslim Hate Crime and the College’s Role as Regulator

As we are confronted with further horrifying evidence of racism in Canada, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) would like to acknowledge the anti-Muslim hate crime which just took place in London, Ontario. As President of the College Council and on behalf of the College, I condemn this horrific act of racism and violence, which took place in my city. We continue to consider our role as regulator very…

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Group – Update

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers has selected a  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Group to assist us in moving forward on our commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion – a key priority in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. Selection process The Executive Committee faced an extremely difficult task in selecting five non-Council members of the College from among the 112 expressions of interest received. The Committee carefully reviewed…

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The College’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Education Day – Virtual Portal Now Open

This year’s virtual Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED) on Thursday, June 17 and Friday, June 18, 2021 is quickly approaching. Already registered? Watch out for a welcome email! For College members who have already registered to attend AMED, we have now opened the AMED 2021 Virtual Portal for you to access. Please look out for a welcome email early next week with information inviting you to start building your schedule as well as signing…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: Honouring 215 Indigenous Children and Reflecting Upon the College’s Role as Regulator

With the horrific news about the remains of 215 Indigenous children being found at a former residential school on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, British Columbia, all Canadians must face further heartbreaking evidence of the profound harm and ongoing impact of colonization and systemic racism in our country; the College and its members must also recognize the shameful role that the social work and social service work professions have played in perpetuating this…

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View the College’s 2020 Annual Report Online

The College’s 2020 Annual Report is now available on the College website. The theme of the 2020 Annual Report is Resilience. The 2020 Annual Report highlights the College’s activities over the past year and includes the following: Joint Message from the President and the Registrar & CEO2020 Accomplishments2020 Committee ReportsIndependent Auditor's Report Read the 2020 Annual Report: PDF | Web version For more information, please contact the Communications Department at communications@ocswssw.org.

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Update from the Registrar and CEO

As Registrar and CEO for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College), I would like to provide you with a few updates: Registration and Member Fees for 2022 During its meeting on Thursday, May 6th, the College Council approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee that there be no increase to the registration and member fees in 2022. In making this decision, Council carefully considered the significant and ongoing impact…

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Professional Practice Update: Increasing Accessibility and Equity for Clients

The College is pleased to share the following information and resources to support members’ practice. Increasing accessibility and ensuring equitable services for clients As noted in the most recent issue of Perspective, the College shared key insights from its COVID-19 Impact Survey. With approximately 20% of the membership participating, the survey provided insights into the ongoing impact of the pandemic on members’ practice and identified areas where the College might enhance its practice support to…

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Council Meeting Highlights for May 6, 2021

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. May 6, 2021 Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW, President, provided his report to Council.Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar and CEO, presented her report to Council. The report provided updates under each strategic priority in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan and included information about the following: the Professional Practice…

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Registration Now Open for the College’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Education Day

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers invites you to attend its Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED) on Thursday, June 17 and Friday, June 18, 2021. AMED is part of the Glenda McDonald Educational Series. View the Notice of Annual Meeting of Members. What to Expect This year’s AMED will be hosted entirely online on a conference platform over a two-day period. You will have the opportunity to attend: the College’s…

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Practice Considerations for Social Workers and Social Service Workers Amidst Third Wave of the Pandemic

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) continues to support members in their practice throughout the pandemic. We are deeply concerned about the devastating impact of the third wave of the pandemic on the Ontario public and on College members. Social workers and social service workers practising in hospitals and on health care teams are faced with distinct challenges, both personally and professionally. We remain committed to communicating regularly with…

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