Why Join?

Here are a few reasons to join OASW!

 

Information & Resources 
• Stay current & save time with critical information
• Access Resources, Videos & Downloadable Publications;
• Find posters to celebrate Social Work Week and increase the profile and value of your work with your colleagues and your clients

• Read the journal Social Work Now with articles and advertisements geared to social workers
• Keep up to date easily with important details about the profession with the monthly OASW E-Bulletin 

Networking
• Network and engage with colleagues at the local & provincial levels in person & online;   
• Get together & meet fellow members at events & meetings in your branch
• Polish your leadership skills & help shape the future of the profession
• Join one or more member-exclusive Virtual Networking Groups to share information, resources & provide peer support (currently 9 groups to choose from)

Savings
• Save up to 40% on very relevant Professional Development activities & resources  
• Save $400 or more on highly desirable products & services, including comprehensive professional liability insurance which includes legal advice, group home, auto, condo & recreational assets insurance and medical/dental insurance.

Benefits
• Group Home, Condo, Auto and Recreational Assets Insurance
• Comprehensive Professional Liability Insurance   
• Medical/Dental Insurance
• Discounts on services such as GoodLife Fitness Clubs
• Eligibility for sponsored educational grants & awards exclusively for OASW members

Job Search
• Find job postings on the members-only career site SocialWorkJobs.ca
• Receive constructive feedback on your résumé, cover letter & interview skills from an experienced social worker (Job Search Initiative)

Private Practice
• Access valuable & timely resources & supports that specifically address the needs of social workers in private practice 
• Heighten your visibility with a professional listing on the online directory FindASocialWorker.ca sponsored by PROLINK
• Obtain comprehensive professional liability insurance, which includes a free legal advice line on any legal matter
• Webinars: Your Small Business, Getting off to a Good Start & Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice

Collective Advocacy
• OASW membership ensures a voice for social workers at the local & provincial levels
• Marketing the Profession
• Make your voice heard  
• Participate in advocacy that positively impacts professional practice
• Ensure that decision-makers recognize the contribution of social workers
• Join in collective advocacy to benefit society & social work clients