College Update: No Increase to Registration and Renewal Fees for 2025 and a Reminder to Register for AMED

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to provide the following updates: Registration and Renewal Fees for 2025 During its meeting on May 2, College Council approved the recommendation of the Finance and Audit Committee that there be no increase to the registration and renewal fees in 2025. In making this decision, Council carefully considered the College’s operating costs and resource needs. For questions or inquiries about registration…

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Professional Practice Update: New Online Booking System for Practice Consultations and Other Announcements

In this update: NEW! Online booking now available for practice consultations  Reminder: Invitation to share your feedback through the ASWB Census Reminder: 2024 Continuing Competence Program readings Stay tuned: Updates to the College’s Practice Guidelines on custody and access NEW! Online Booking Now Available for Practice Consultations   We are excited to announce a new online booking system to request practice consultations with the Professional Practice Department: This new system will streamline requests to consult with the…

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Proposed Regulatory Amendments Regarding the College’s Governing Legislation

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to share that the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services is proposing amendments to our governing legislation, the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998 (the SWSSWA), specifically as it relates to section 50, regarding confidentiality.   Under the proposed Bill 188, Supporting Children's Futures Act, 2024, section 50 of our legislation would be amended to better align itself with…

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Acclamation of Social Service Work Council Members in Electoral District No. 4

On February 23, 2024, the call for applications for Council member elections in District No. 4 closed. The Election Committee is pleased to share that since they received two nominations in the social service worker category, and there are two social service worker positions available for District No. 4, the two registrants who submitted applications have been acclaimed. Lori Monroe, RSSW and Dana Herriot, RSSW, will serve on College Council for a three-year term, beginning on September 23,…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: Pre-convocation registration to be phased out as of September 1, 2024

Currently, students who are graduating with a degree in social work or a diploma in social service work can register with the College prior to their convocation if they have completed all the academic and practicum requirements of their program. These new graduates are registered with a term, condition and limitation on their certificate which is removed once the College receives official confirmation from their school that they have convocated. As of September 1, 2024,…

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Invitation to Share your Feedback: ASWB Social Work and Social Service Work Census

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to share the following information in collaboration with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the association that develops entry-to-practice exams for social workers and social service workers.  Invitation to Share Your Feedback The ASWB is inviting feedback from registered social workers and registered social service workers through their newly launched Social Work Census. It is important to note that the…

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Participate in the College’s Strategic Planning Survey

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) has partnered with Optimus SBR, an independent consulting firm, to develop its next Strategic Plan.  This process presents a valuable opportunity to shape our future alongside our key engagement groups, including service users, College registrants, Council and committee members, employers, educators and government partners. We want to ensure that the development of our new Strategic Plan is informed by the perspectives of all…

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Invitation to Share your Feedback: Land Acknowledgement Survey

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is in the process of reviewing and revising our land acknowledgement, in collaboration with members of the AndHumanity team (an external inclusive communications agency) and is inviting feedback on the current draft. The College recognizes that we have a responsibility and role in truth and reconciliation. We are committed in making our communications more inclusive as well as building intentional partnerships with Indigenous…

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Professional Practice Update: Navigating 2024’s Required Readings and Other Announcements

In this update: Required Readings for 2024 Continuing Competence Program Research Opportunities Webpage Regulation of Applied Behaviour Analysis – FAQs The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to share the following updates to support your practice. Required Readings for 2024 CCP The Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a mandatory requirement of College registration, ensuring that registrants stay current in their practice. Annual participation in the CCP is mandatory for all College…

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Call for Applications Now Open: 2024 Council Election in Electoral District No. 4

Are you interested in becoming a member of the College Council? The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for interested registrants in Electoral District No. 4. On Thursday, May 30, 2024, two social workers and two social service workers from District No. 4 will be elected to join the 2024-2025 College Council starting in September.  Apply Now! The deadline to…

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2023 Educational Forum Video Now Available Online!

The College held its annual virtual Educational Forum on November 30, 2023. The recording of this year’s event is now available by visiting the College website or YouTube channel. In addition to a short College Update from Registrar and CEO Denitha Breau, RN, MSN, MBA, the Forum included a panel discussion entitled Supporting Clients with Care and Competence Through Intimate Partner Violence, facilitated by the College’s Director of Professional Practice, Christina Van Sickle, MSW, RSW. The expert panel explored…

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Reminder for Registrants: 2024 Renewals Are Open & New Process to Access Online Portal

A reminder to registrants that they can now renew their College registration for 2024. The deadline to complete the 2024 renewal and payment without incurring a late fee is January 31, 2024. The 2024 fees can be viewed on the College website. New registrants who were issued a certificate of registration at any time in 2023 are also required to complete their 2024 annual renewal of registration and provide confirmation of participation in the CCP…

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