COVID-19 RESPONSE MEASURES & PRACTICES

OASW Office Remote Operations


In consideration of the global situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), as of Monday March 16, OASW staff will be operating remotely until further notice. This decision was made to limit staff exposure and ensure our ability to continue to provide support and services.

OASW staff can be reached using their usual email addresses during office hours of 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

While we do not anticipate any significant service disruptions, we appreciate your patience for any delays in response time. In addition, during this time we will discontinue any in-person meetings, accepting visitors at the OASW office, and receiving any deliveries/packages. For immediate questions please contact us at info@oasw.org.

OASW continues to monitor the situation. We hope to return to our offices as soon as possible, please check back for regular updates. 

OASW Members can access more COVID-19 Resources on the Members Content Page.

Recommended Measures & Practices for Ontario Social Workers

For updated and comprehensive information as this relates to the impact of COVID-19 on practice, please refer to the "Recent News" section of the OCSWSSW, available on the home page at: https://www.ocswssw.org/covid-19/

OCSWSSW: Important Considerations as Province Moves Towards Reopening

Information & Resources from Trusted Sources:


*Only rely on information provided by public health authorities to make decisions that affect your clients, employees (if applicable), programs and services. 

Local Public Health Units

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada has published a website containing daily updates about the current situation as it relates to COVID -19, how to prepare in communities and workplaces and includes awareness raising resources that can easily be shared with clients, friends and family:

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Mental Health Considerations During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak

Canadian Association of Social Workers

Additional Resources:


About OASW
OASW is the voice of social work in Ontario. It is a voluntary, bilingual, non-profit association representing approximately 6000 social workers. All members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor, master or doctoral level. OASW works to actively speak on behalf of social workers on issues of interest to the profession and advocates for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and client groups served.