Recent News

 OASW Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day and Honours National Indigenous History Month
   On National Indigenous Peoples Day and throughout the month of June, OASW celebrates and honours the history and diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
 OASW Celebrates Pride!
   June is Pride Month! OASW celebrates the vibrancy, resilience, and accomplishments of the 2SLGBTQI+ community.
 OASW Honours Four Outstanding Social Workers at our 2022 Annual General Meeting
   OASW is honoured to have recognized Glenn French, Patricia Berendsen, Tina Gandhi and the late Marion Bogo at our Annual General Meeting.
 OASW in the Media: See the Latest Coverage
   On May 1, ahead of Mental Health Week, OASW issued a press release calling on employers to increase their focus on mental health as employees return to work, and to start authentic conversations to promote a culture of workplace wellness.
 Ontario Social Workers to Boost Mental Health Services for Marginalized People
   Ontario social workers will be offered expanded training to support the mental health of people hardest-hit by COVID-19, after OASW received funding from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
 Honoring Mental Health Week and the Value of Empathy
   The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week, from May 2 to 6, is empathy, which is both timely and incredibly relevant for our profession. The value of empathy in our work, communities and society matters now more than ever.
 OASW Celebrates Asian Heritage Month
   This month offers the opportunity to celebrate and learn about the rich cultural history of Canadians who trace their heritage back to over 30 countries making up East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.
 OASW in the Media: See the Latest Coverage (April 2022)
   OASW issued a press release calling for increased workplace benefits as part of a proactive media push designed to coincide with a return to the office of thousands of workers this spring and summer.
 OASW and CASW Honour Social Workers Across Ontario with the Distinguished Service Award
   We are pleased to share that OASW has chosen to honour all Social Workers who have supported the mental health and well-being of Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic with the Distinguished Service Award.
 OASW Press Release: Poll Uncovers Surprising New Data on COVID's Far-Reaching Mental Health Impacts
   Today, OASW distributed a press release highlighting timely new data on mental health, including surprising new insights from Ontarians on the pandemic’s far-reaching impacts for adults, caregivers, families and workers.
 OASW Releases 2022 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission
   OASW's 2022 Pre-Budget recommendations to the Province focused on improving the mental wellness of Ontarians through equitable and increased investments in mental health supports and the social determinants of health.
 OASW Celebrates Black History Month
   Each February, OASW joins our members from across the province in celebrating Black History Month. OASW honours the many Black Canadians who have shaped and continue to impact our communities for the better. Read our full statement.
 OASW Recognizes Jacqueline Davis with the 2021 School Social Work Achievement Award
   OASW and its School Social Work Advisory Group are pleased to recognize Jacqueline Davis, MSW, RSW with the 2021 School Social Work Achievement Award.
 OASW in the Media: Business leaders must ensure Canadian workers have access to vital mental health
   On World Mental Health Day and during Healthy Workplace Month, Dr. Deepy Sur, OASW CEO, shared with Toronto Star readers why the time has never been more critical to attend to employee mental health.
 OASW Affirms World Mental Health Day and Commits to Advancing Mental Health for All
   On World Mental Health Day, OASW calls for increased access and investments in mental health care. Social work is integral to the delivery of a shared vision for mental health care now and in the years to come.
 OASW Observes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Honours Orange Shirt Day
   On Orange Shirt Day and Canada's first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, OASW wishes to recognize, raise awareness and support action to address the effects and ongoing legacy of residential schools.
 OASW Acknowledges Canada’s History of Slavery and Celebrates Emancipation Day
   On Emancipation Day, OASW joins in the celebration of the incredible strength of Black Canadians. We also reflect upon our collective history of enslavement and our responsibility to eliminate anti-Black racism.
 Updated: OASW Mourns Children Lost to Residential Schools
   We are incredibly saddened to learn of the confirmation of remains that have been found on the grounds of several former residential schools. OASW honours survivors, and commits to addressing the ongoing impacts of colonization on Indigenous Peoples.
 OASW Celebrates Pride Month and Acknowledges an Ongoing Commitment to the 2SLGBTQ+ Community
   OASW is proud to stand in solidarity with and recognize how essential our 2SLGBTQ+ social workers are to the well-being of our communities and our profession across the province.
 OASW Acknowledges National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month
   OASW honours National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month. Today and throughout June, we celebrate the rich heritage and diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis People.
 OASW Statement on Mass Killings in London, Ontario
   The targeted attack on members of the Muslim community in London Ontario has left tragedy, devastation, and disbelief. The act of terror is condemned and OASW stands against Islamophobia and all other forms of racism and hate violence.
 OASW Mourns Children Lost to Residential Schools
   We are incredibly saddened to learn of the 215 children whose remains were found on the grounds of the former residential school in Kamloops. OASW honours survivors, and commits to addressing the ongoing impacts of colonization on Indigenous Peoples.
 OASW Honours Four Outstanding Social Workers with 2020 and 2021 Awards
   OASW is honoured to have recognized four outstanding social workers with 2020 and 2021 awards at our recent Annual General Meeting. Learn more.
 COVID-19 Resources
   As the current situation continues to unfold related to COVID-19, OASW is committed to providing you with timely and relevant information on this topic, particularly when this information is connected to social work practice and those we serve.
 OASW Report Calls for Key Actions to Increase Access to Employee Mental Health Benefits
   OASW’s new report highlights the important role of RSWs in increasing access to employee mental health supports and provides two key recommendations on how best to meet the growing mental health needs of employees.
 OASW Response to the 2021 Ontario Budget
   The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) recognizes and appreciates the Government of Ontario’s focus and investments made in the 2021 Budget to protect the health of Ontarians and our province’s economy in the wake of COVID-19.
 OASW Statement on Anti-Asian Racism
   On March 16, 2021, an extreme act of violence occurred in Atlanta that took the lives of eight victims, including six Asian women. OASW recognizes this has been an extremely traumatic and devastating occurrence and expresses unequivocal support for t
 OASW Honours National Day of Observance for COVID-19
   Today (March 11), marks Canada’s National Day of Observance, a time to honour those whose lives were lost to COVID-19 and share our deep gratitude for all healthcare & essential workers, including social workers, who have cared for us this past year.
 OASW In the Media: Leslie Roberts Interviews Dr. Deepy Sur on Mental Health Realities
   Dr. Deepy Sur, OASW CEO, was pleased to speak with Leslie Roberts of 580 CFRA Ottawa at Work on March 9th, 2021, to discuss the recent Leger poll conducted by OASW, which uncovers mental health realities, virtual counselling attitudes and barriers to
 OASW In the Media: Global News Interviews Dr. Deepy Sur on Essential Role of Social Workers
   Dr. Deepy Sur, OASW CEO, was pleased to sit down with Liem Vu of Global News Toronto on March 3rd, 2021, to discuss the essential contribution of Ontario’s social workers before, during and after COVID-19. It is important that we remind Ontarians tha
 OASW Press Release Poll Uncovers Mental Health Realities, Virtual Counselling Attitudes and Barrier
   OASW distributed a press release with the goal of providing the media with some timely information on mental health, including insights on barriers to access. The results are based on an online poll of 1,000 Ontarians between February 12-14, 2021, us
 OASW Spring 2021 Pre-Budget Submission
   OASW made a written and oral submission focused on improving the socioeconomic and mental health outcomes of Ontarians as the province plans for the road to recovery.
 OASW Acknowledges and Celebrates Black History Month
   OASW joins Ontarians across the province to honour the legacy and contributions of Black Canadians.
 OASW Rejoins the Canadian Association of Social Workers
   We are very pleased to announce that our work to elevate our voice includes rejoining the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) as a federation partner effective April 1, 2021.
 Submission to Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission
   As a part of our ongoing work to advocate for high-quality mental health care for residents of long-term care in Ontario, OASW made a submission to Ontario's Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission.
 OASW 2020 Fall Pre-Budget Submission
   OASW believes that a specific focus must be placed on ensuring equitable opportunities for all Ontarians impacted by the pandemic.
 OASW Submission on Staffing in Long-Term Care
   OASW was pleased to recently submit recommendations to the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s Staffing Study Advisory Group on a model for staffing to best ensure high-quality care for residents of long-term care homes.
 Final Decision Made by Government on Pandemic Pay
   The Ministry of Health sent out correspondence on this issue on May 27, 2020, stating that the government will not be expanding pandemic pay beyond those now deemed eligible.
 New & Innovative Structure to Support Local Member Engagement
   We are so pleased to announce an exciting and innovative new structure to better support local member engagement across Ontario. This transformation was officially shared today as part of our Annual General Meeting
 Take Action! Advocate for Social Work Inclusion in Pandemic Pay Increase
   OASW was disappointed to see that social workers on the frontline were excluded in eligible workplaces except for adult correctional facilities and youth justice facilities.
 OASW Engaging Government on Pandemic Pay for Front-Line Social Workers
   On April 25, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that it would be providing additional support for frontline workers fighting COVID-19...
 Ontario Association of Social Workers and Think Research partner to increase access to mental health
   The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW), the voice of social work in Ontario, is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with Think Research, a developer of virtual care technology and clinical treatment protocols, to jointly respond to
 COVID-19: Response Measures & Practices
   COVID-19 Reponse: In consideration of the global situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), OASW continues to monitor the situation.
 OASW Applauds Release of New Mental Health and Addictions Plan
   - The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW), the voice of social workers in Ontario, welcomes the release of the government’s new mental health and addictions plan Roadmap to Wellness: A Plan to Build Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions
 Celebrating YOU! Happy Social Work Week
   Happy Social Work Week 2020! This year’s theme “Social Workers: Leading Positive Change Across Systems and Settings” signals the importance of the work you do every day across the province.
 OASW Pre-Budget Submission to Ontario Government
   In preparation for the 2020 Budget, the Government of Ontario invites submissions from individuals and organizations to provide input on spending for the year.
 OASW Provincial Office Move
   OASW has set out on a mission to cultivate professional identity and lead the future of our profession. Organizational and asset review have been part of our transformation journey.
 Social Workers Applaud Province's Investments in School Mental Health
   The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) applauds the province for its investment of nearly $40 million towards providing front line services to advance student mental health.
 Letter to the Editor: Globe and Mail
   The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) read today’s news of UHN’s new affordable housing initiative with interest and applauds all of the groups involved.
 OASW Welcomes Government’s Commitment to Needs-Based Autism Program
   OASW is applauding the government for moving forward on a needs-based approach for the Ontario Autism Program to ensure children, youth and their families get the supports they need.
 OASW Applauds Government’s Investment in Shelter Expansion to Protect Vulnerable Women and Children
   Ontario Association of Social Workers Applauds Government’s Investment in Shelter Expansion to Protect Vulnerable Women and Children...
 OASW's New Chief Executive Officer
   The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Deepy Sur as the organization's next Chief Executive Officer.
 Article published in Human Resources Director (HRD) Magazine
   "By including access to registered social workers in employer group benefit plans, HR can provide the kind of comprehensive, professional mental health care all employees deserve"
 OASW's Response to 2019 Ontario Budget
   “We know that investments in mental health and addiction are imperative to improving the health and well-being of over 2 million Ontarians who visit their doctor annually for these concerns.”
 What You Need To Know About Blizzard Driving
 OASW Welcomes a New Student Director!
 Inspirational Leaders Award 2019
   Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) is excited to announce the recipients of the Inspirational Leader Award 2019 in celebration of Social Work Week (March 4 - 10)
 Appreciation Event 2017 A Great Success!
 Home Insurance Protects You Inside AND Outside Your Home
 New Member Benefit Through PROLINK Insurance
 OASW Responds to Toronto Sun Article 2017
 OASW Conference Poster Award Winners!
   At the November 2018 conference, over 25 posters were featured, highlighting innovative clinical interventions, community programs, research and approaches in education, program and policy development, relevant to social work practice
 OASW Membership Appreciation Event 2015: A Tremendous Success!
 A Moment to Celebrate!
 Elder Abuse and Violence Against Women Forum
 NEW Partnership with Global Alliance
 Social Workers Applaud Tireless Champions of First Nations Children’s Human Rights
 Non-profit Law 101 - Free Legal Resources
 Wilfrid Laurier University 30 in 30 Award
 OASW launched a new Virtual Group in May 2015
 Children's Mental Health Ontario Launch Campaign
 Les Prix de leadership inspirant de l’ATTSO 2019
   L'Association des travailleuses et travailleurs sociaux de l'Ontario (ATTSO) est ravie d'annoncer les lauréats des Prix de leadership inspirant 2019 en célébration de la Semaine du travail social (4 au 10 mars)
 OASW Is Hiring a New CEO
   This is a full-time permanent position. Posting deadline: March 27, 2019
 Response to the 2019 Pre-Budget Consultations
   This year, OASW made both an oral and written submission in response to the Honourable Minister Victor Fedeli’s invitation to participate in 2019 Pre-Budget Consultation. When planning for the 2019 Budget, we recommended that government:
 First Report from the Premier's Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine
   "We applaud the Premier's Council for its first report, which identifies the barriers within Ontario's health care system that lead to hallway health care and stand in the way of people getting the care they need," JMD, CEO
 OASW Mental Health Recommendations
   The Government of Ontario has committed $1.9 billion to support the mental health of Ontarians over the next 10 years. This is in addition to $1.9 billion in federal funding to do the same. In January, 2019, OASW submitted recommendations to the gove
 OASW Responds to Newly Announced Social Assistance Plan
   While further increases in social assistance rates remain an essential part of helping break the cycle of poverty, OASW supports several new initiatives announced today by Minister MacLeod.
 OASW Signs on to #SaveSexEd
   OASW has signed a petition by medical professionals & agencies to stop the repeal of the Ontario Human Development and Sexual Health curriculum.
 OASW Statement & Action on Ending Immigration Detention Practices
   OASW has issued a formal statement as well as signed an open letter from healthcare providers in Canada urging the Canadian government to end immigration detention practices and suspend the Third Country Agreement.
 Your letters: Social workers are vital to health care changes
   How Ontario’s next government could relieve overcrowded hospitals, June 3.
 Our Votes & Voices Matter! - OASW 2018 Provincial Election Toolkit
   The provincial election is scheduled to take place on June 7, 2018 & policy decisions made by the next Provincial Parliament will have a direct impact on the social and financial health of Ontarians.
 OASW’s Response to the 2018 Ontario Budget
   OASW applauds the Government of Ontario for prioritizing mental health and addictions services in the Budget for 2018, including the expansion of access to publicly funded structured psychotherapy, a key recommendation of OASW.
 OASW Online Certificate Advanced Social Work Practice with Older Adults
   Registration Closed on January 7, 2018 Join the waitlist for the next course.
 Potential New Virtual Group for Members in Health Care Settings
   New Virtual Group for Social Workers in Front-line Health Care, email [email protected] to join.
 OASW Comments on the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017
   Ontario has passed the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA).
 OASW’s Response to the 2018 Pre-Budget Consultations
   This year, OASW made both an oral and written submission in response to the Honourable Minister Charles Sousa’s invitation to participate in a discussion on the 2018 Ontario Budget...
 A Moment to Celebrate - Proclamation of the controlled act of psychotherapy
   This win comes with gravitas that will benefit the profession for years to come, formalizing our services and activities in a way that builds opportunities for the profession and benefits the public.
 Working at the Intersections of the Elder Abuse and Violence against Women Sectors Interdisciplinary
   OASW participated in a day of learning and collaboration on November 21st, at the Working at the Intersections of the Elder Abuse and Violence against Women Sectors Interdisciplinary Forum.
 Parenting Coordination Webinar Recording
   Parenting Coordination co-hosted by Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) free webinar recording now available.
 Home Insurance Protects You Inside AND Outside Your Home...
   Liability Insurance Tags Along Wherever You Go...
 Wilfrid Laurier University: 30 in 30 Award
   Congratulations to OASW President, Dr. Keith Adamson. A formal recognition ceremony took place on November 9, 2017 @ Wilfrid Laurier University.
 OASW Member Appreciation Event 2017
   On Friday, November 3, 2017, OASW held its Members Appreciation Event. Lisa Taylor, President of Challenge Factory and the Centre for Career Innovation, highlighted five key trends that are shaping the future of Social Work.
 New Member Benefit
   One-Stop Shopping for all your Insurance & Health Benefit Needs
 OASW Responds to Toronto Sun Article
   We applaud your desire to shine a light on public interest stories including your recent article: "Social Workers failing Toronto's homeless", followed by the subsequent editorial on Toronto's response and offers to assist.
 OASW Inspirational Leader Awards 2017
   An annual feature of Social Work Week has been the identification of Inspirational Leaders that represent a positive role model to social workers and social work students and exemplify OASW's theme for Social Work Week March 6-12, 2017.
 Social Work Week: March 6-12, 2017
   Theme: "Social Workers. Real Expertise. Real Life. Real Impact."
 Annual General Meeting 2016 – Such a Success!
   Annual General Meeting
 OASW 2016 Social Work Conference: Such a Success!
   We thank everyone who attended as presenters, exhibitors and/or participants on November 10-11, 2016.
 OASW Inspirational Leader Awards
   Each year, two inspirational leaders from the profession in Ontario are profiled during Social Work Week.
 Professional Development Fund for Social Workers
   The Minister of Community & Social Services Helena Jaczek announced at our recent AGM: "A new $1 million has been established to provide training initiatives to registered social workers..."