The Voice of Social Work in Ontario
Differences BetweenAssociation (OASW) and College (OCSWSSW)
Why Join OASW?
OASW in Action
Board of Directors
How Social Workers Are Regulated
Where Social Workers Work
Social Work Education
Important Information about Coverage of Social Work Fees (EAP, 3rd-Party Payments)
Social Workers in the News
Social Work Myths
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Benefits and Services for Social Workers
Why Students Should Join OASW
Private Practice Benefits for Social Workers
Professional Liability Insurance for Social Workers
Employment for Social Workers
Psychotherapists and Counsellors in Private Practice
OASW Conference 2012
Renewing Your Membership
This Year's Theme
Suggestions for Agency Events
Suggestions for School Social Work Events
History of Social Work Week
Social Work Quiz
Social Work Jr. Quiz
OASW membership is open to graduates or students of Canadian
university social work education programs accredited by the
Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) and
graduates of other university social work programs recognized as
equivalent. As well, applicants must live, work or study in Ontario
at the time of application. The following are qualifications
recognized by OASW:
(a) A Canadian university degree from a program that has been
accredited or is a candidate for accreditation by the
Canadian Association for Social Work Education
(b) A United States university qualification from a program that
is accredited at the time of graduation by the Council on Social
Work Education (www.cswe.org).
(c) A qualification from outside Canada or the United States
that has been evaluated as equivalent to the Canadian bachelor's,
master's or doctoral degree in social work by the Canadian
Association of Social Workers (CASW) (www.casw-acts.ca).
(d) Registration as a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
(OCSWSSW).* (In force until ratified at 2013 AGM on May 31).
Applicants may apply for membership in one of two categories:
Professional Membership or Student Membership.
Professional Membership is available to
those graduates of Canadian university social work education
programs accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work
Education and graduates of other university social work programs
recognized as equivalent.
Student Membership is available to students
enrolled full-time or part-time in an accredited baccalaureate,
master's or doctoral program in social work. Students who already
hold a recognized degree in social work must apply for Professional
Membership fees may be paid by cheque, quarterly post-dated
cheques, credit card, or pre-authorized debits.
Application or contact us: 410 Jarvis Street,
Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2G6; (tel) 416-923-4848 ex. 225;
(fax) 416-923-5279; (email) firstname.lastname@example.org and
an application form will be sent to you.
The following annual fees apply in 2013:
FT employed full-time more than 24 hours per week
ST student pursuing first degree in social work
Current OASW members have access to special fees, e.g., fees can
be waived for up to 12 months for members on parenting leave.
If you need help:
Click on www.FindASocialWorker.ca to find a social worker in private practice.
To access a list of community information and referral services across Ontario, visit www.211ontario.ca.
In the Toronto area, dial "211" or visit www.211toronto.ca.