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Our Votes & Voices Matter! - OASW 2018 Provincial Election Toolkit

News reported on April 17, 2018
The provincial election is scheduled to take place on June 7, 2018 and policy decisions made by the next Provincial Parliament will have a direct impact on the social and financial health of Ontarians. Social workers have an important role to play in not only voting, but in asking political candidates about their positions on issues of concern and in educating them on our experiences with these while suggesting solutions for change. 

With the campaign period right around the corner, OASW has developed this toolkit to assist in providing you with easy access to OASW's election priorities, sample questions for political candidates and simple ways you can get involved as an individual member, student member, Regional Branch and more. 

*Due to recent changes to the Election Finances Act, materials in this toolkit are for personal use DO NOT distribute or share.

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OASW’s Response to the 2018 Ontario Budget

News reported on March 28, 2018
OASW applauds the Government of Ontario for prioritizing mental health and addictions services in the Budget for 2018, including the expansion of access to publicly funded structured psychotherapy, a key recommendation of OASW. Additionally, we welcome expanded access to interprofessional primary care teams and Government’s commitment to income security reform. While the investments made by the Government of Ontario to increase social assistance rates in the 2018 Budget is not what OASW recommended, it is our hope that these signal a sustained and progressive approach by government to address poverty and we are committed to assisting the government in this process.
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OASW Comments on the Child, Youth & Family Services Act, 2017

News Reported on February 22, 2018
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OASW’s Response to the 2018 Pre-Budget Consultations

News Reported on February 9, 2018
This year, OASW made both an oral and written submission in response to the Honourable Minister Charles Sousa’s invitation to participate in a discussion on the 2018 Ontario Budget... 
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Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) Applauds Government’s Passing of the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy

News reported on December 21, 2017
 "This is great news for Ontario’s social workers and the clients they serve every day,” said Joan MacKenzie Davies, Executive Director, OASW. “Passing this final piece of the Psychotherapy Act enhances clarity, improves access, and makes sure Ontarians can continue accessing these important services, knowing they are receiving them from highly trained social workers and other qualified regulated professions.” 
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Fair Workplaces & Better Jobs - OASW Supports Ontario Campaign 2000

News reported on November 21, 2017
OASW commends the government for the decision to increase minimum wage to $15 per hour as of January 1, 2019 and its’ commitment to increasing this amount with the rate of inflation each year. This is a major step towards reducing poverty and increasing the health of many Ontarians. However, there is more work that needs to be done to ensure that everyone can benefit equally from updates to existing legislation.
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OASW Reaffirms the Values of Respect for Diversity, Human Dignity & Human Rights

News reported on March 1, 2017
In the current climate of rising social tensions and political uncertainty around the globe, the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) reaffirms the values upon which the social work profession was founded – respect for diversity, belief in the intrinsic worth of all people and the protection of human rights for all. Indeed, these are values that are closely aligned with the values of Canadian society. 
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OASW’s Response to the 2017 Pre-Budget Consultations

News Reported on February 3, 2017
OASW’s Response to the 2017 Pre-Budget Consultations addresses two major issues: Poverty Reduction and Health Care Transformation with an Emphasis on Primary Care & Home and Community Care.
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OASW Endorses Statement Against the Immigration Detention of Children

News Reported on November 21, 2016
OASW has endorsed a “Statement Against the Immigration Detention of Children”. While a national issue, the Association has in the past supported issues involving immigrant children and refugee claimants not receiving health care coverage.  These are tragic situations, and social work needs to add its voice. 
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OASW Applauds Starbucks Canada Decision Re: Mental Health 

News Reported on October 7, 2016
The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) applauds Starbucks Canada for its decision, announced on October 5, 2016, to increase funds for its employees seeking therapy to address mental health concerns.
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Letter to Editor – Responding to Suicides in Woodstock

News Reported on June 13, 2016
This letter was sent to 34 newspapers across Ontario. To date, it has been published in 10 newspapers and has led to a follow-up article by a reporter at the Brampton Guardian.
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Health Care Transformation in Ontario: OASW's Participation in Consultations

News Reported on March 1, 2016
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) issued a discussion paper on December 17, 2015 entitled “Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario”.
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Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation Submission

News Reported on February 1, 2016
On February 1st, OASW made a written submission to the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs regarding the 2016 Pre-Budget Consultations.
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Changes to Trans Health Care

News Reported on December 18, 2015
On November 6, 2015, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care announced that there will be a change to the regulation on who can assess and refer trans clients for gender-affirming surgery (GAS).
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Syrian Refugee Crisis: Call to Action

News Reported on September 24, 2015
OASW strongly supports ongoing efforts focused on the Syrian refugee crisis at the federal, provincial, municipal and local levels.
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Support for Changes to Residential Tenancies Act that Impact on Victims of Domestic Violence

News Reported on July 10, 2015
On July 3, 2015, OASW made a submission in support of the proposed amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, (RTA) which relate to notice requirements to terminate a tenancy for individuals and/or children who are victims of domestic violence.
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Letter to Editor re: Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

News Reported on June 5, 2015
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Brief Response to the 2015 Review of the "Child & Family Services Act"

News Reported on February 18, 2015
OASW submitted in December 2014 a brief response to the 2015 Review of the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA).
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OASW Response to Expert Group Consultations on Home & Community Care

News Reported on February 18, 2015
OASW has provided input to the Expert Group on Home and Community Care, appointed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
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