How Social Workers are Regulated
 


What standards are social workers held to in Ontario? 

Social Work is a regulated profession by a provincial law. The legislation is called the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998, and is overseen by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.  The Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998, was fully proclaimed into law on August 15, 2000. As a result of this legislation, anyone wishing to call themselves or hold themselves out to be a "social worker" or "social service worker" must belong to the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). If they are registered, the initials RSW (Registered Social Worker) will appear after their name.  

To ensure that the person is an RSW, please check the online register of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers: www.ocswssw.org/members/online-register. Alternatively, you can contact the College via email at info@ocswssw.org or by phone at 1.877.828.9380. 

(The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers is the regulatory body for social workers in Ontario).

Can you be called a social worker and not be registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)? 
No. It is against the law to call yourself a social worker, or let people believe you are a social worker, if you are not registered with OCSWSSW. Check the OCSWSSW Online Register to confirm the individual is a Registered Social Worker (RSW).