OASW has a strong history of successful political advocacy. From advocating for the establishment of the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998, to enabling those with a doctorate in social work to use the title "Doctor" when providing clinical services; to securing pilot funding from government for a Professional Development Fund and most recently a highly effective province-wide advocacy campaign to ensure Registered Social Workers have access to the title, "psychotherapist."
OASW is a non-partisan organization committed to working with any government in power to advance the Association's strategic priorities and directions, including advocating for the improvement of policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and the client groups served.
Specific strategic priorities, including those related to advocacy are determined at our joint annual meeting, by the Provincial Board with input from Branches.
Areas of focus for advocacy include: