Welcome Social Work Students!

Congratulations on choosing a career in social work.
We hope you’ll consider joining the OASW community, and we look forward to being a part of your journey in the field!

As the voice of the social work profession in Ontario, OASW is here to support, advocate for and connect you through every stage of your education and career. From finding community and building your network, to accessing leadership opportunities and career support, a student membership with OASW comes with some great perks:

FREE and Low-Cost Professional Development 

Access professional development opportunities on core and emerging topics in the field, from CBT, Trauma, Mindfulness, and Suicide-Risk Assessment, to Anti-Black Racism, Human Trafficking, Virtual Care and more through the OASW Learning Centre.

Communities and Networking

Build your network and find your community by participating in our Local Engagement Networks, where you can access and connect with a community of peers in your local area. 

Shape Advocacy on Issues That Matter

OASW engages regularly with student members to help inform and drive our engagement and advocacy with government and other stakeholders on issues that matter to our profession.

Benefits and Discounts

Members can access career-focused training and resources, as well as save hundreds of dollars with exclusive discounts on professional liability insurance, Perkopolis, GoodLife, Budget Rent-a-Car, Telus, Dell and more!

Cost-Conscious Membership Plans

Students completing a BSW, MSW or PhD in Social Work can join at a low-cost of $109 per year. Once you graduate, you’ll benefit from continued reduced membership fees as a New Professional for your first two years after graduation.

See what fellow social work students had to say about why they joined the OASW community:

“As a social work student, I’m passionate about social justice issues. It seemed like a natural progression to join an association that shared this passion for advocating for social justice issues, specifically concerning social workers in Ontario.” 
BSW Student, Carleton University

“It’s important to me to connect with social workers across Ontario to expand my skills and network. OASW has provided opportunities to not only present my research, but engage with other social workers and researchers to address issues focusing on the key aspect of social work, social justice.”
PhD Student, University of Windsor