Social Workers & Social Service Workers 
Professional Development Fund
 


Important Announcement:
We are pleased to announce that the Minister of Community and Social Services, Helena Jaczek, formally advises of changes to the Professional Development Fund effective September 1, 2016. The Ministry of Community and Social Services approved a funding increase for PD activities from $300 to $500 per PD activity per application. The increased amount applies to eligible PD activities completed between September 1st, 2016 and August 31st, 2017 and submitted within 90 days after the completion date. Activities completed before August 31st, 2016 and submitted within 90 days of the completion date are limited to the $300 reimbursement.

Minister's Letter (attached below)

Minister's Letter 2016
(Adobe PDF File)

Please read all information carefully. 


The Fund provides funding for educational opportunities to social workers and social service workers who are registered and in good standing* with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College).

 

*Good Standing: A member is in good standing when they are not in default of a payment of a membership fee and their certificate of registration is not suspended.     

 

The Fund reimburses eligible costs for professional development activities that advance the skills, knowledge, practice and service delivery of social workers and social service workers in Ontario. 

 

Priority will be given for training that supports the Ontario government's priorities to care for Ontario's vulnerable populations and their complex needs including: violence against women (including domestic violence and sexual harassment), individuals with developmental disabilities, Aboriginal populations, French language services and other multi-year government priorities for healthier populations including mental health, equity and inclusion, and poverty reduction.   

 

Objectives: 
The Fund provides financial assistance for registered members, in good standing, of the College to:
-Advance the knowledge and skills of social workers and social service workers.
-Advance and integrate knowledge and skills into professional practice.
-Contribute more effectively and efficiently within social service and health care systems.
-Support the government's priorities to care for vulnerable populations and their complex needs including:

-Violence Against Women (including domestic violence and sexual violence and harassment);
-Individuals with Developmental Disabilities;
-Aboriginal Populations;
-French Language Services;
-Healthier Populations - including mental health;
-Equity & Inclusion; and
-Poverty Reduction.

(Applicants will have to describe how the professional development activity is related to the applicant's area of practice and supports one or more of the following government priorities above).

 
Important Application Information: 
-Applicants are limited to one application for one PD activity to a maximum of $500 per funding year.
-The application must be received within 90 days of the completion date of the PD activity. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
-Applications may be submitted online, faxed, emailed or mailed. (Mailed applications must be postmarked within 90 days of the completion of the PD activity.)
-Professional Development activities completed between September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017 are eligible for up to $500.
-Proof of payment and successful completion date of the PD activity is required at the time of application.
-Recipients must be willing to be contacted to participate in a short online evaluation survey to provide the Ministry of Community and Social Services with feedback on the fund. 


Applications can be submitted the following ways:
-Online (Please ensure all required documents are scanned and attached to the online form).
-Fax (416)-923-5279;
-Email swsswpdf@oasw.org and/or swsswpdf@gmail.com      
-Mail: Mailing Address: Attention: Mirjana Nevajdic, Social Workers & Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund, 410 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2G6


(Mailed applications must be postmarked within 90 days of the completion of the PD activity).


Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Eligibility 
To be eligible for the Fund, an applicant must:
-Be a registered member of the College, in good standing; and
-If employed, be employed within Ontario.


Note:

1. Funding for eligible activities will be available on a first-come first-served basis, and will be evaluated in accordance with the objectives of the fund.
2. All other potential sources of training funding must be pursued before this funding will be available.
3. Only fees paid by the individual applicant are eligible for reimbursement. Fees paid by businesses are not eligible. Applications from employers will not be accepted. Funds will not be reimbursed to a business bank account 


Reimbursable Expenses:
Funds will be used to pay for all or part of eligible costs related to the professional development activities that are relevant to professional practice that advance the knowledge and skills, including those that are related to leadership and enhance social service and health care delivery and/or the quality of social service and health care. 

Activities eligible for funding include:
-Workshops;
-Courses, including online taken as part of professional development and not in pursuit of and educational degree/diploma
-Conferences;
-Seminars; and
-Fees/costs associated with activities that support raising Aboriginal cultural awareness & competency skills.   


Expenses not eligible include:
-Books, course materials, etc.;
-Administrative fees;
-Activity fees including: exam fees, membership fees, subscription fees;
-Salaries for participants while attending professional development sessions;
-Activities for which other sources of funding/reimbursement have been received; and
-Meals, accommodation and travel or other out-of-pocket expenses.

Minister’s Message 


Our government recognizes and values the important contributions made by our social workers and social service workers who deliver services and supports to some of Ontario's most vulnerable people. 

You are the professionals who help turn our policies and programs into action at the community level and your work makes a real difference in the lives of thousands of Ontarian's every day. 

I am pleased that our government has launched a two-year, $1,000,000 Professional Development Fund to help with the costs of professional development activities completed by registered members of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. 

Our government's goal is to further the development of well-trained workers that will help address key government priorities such as, violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual violence and harassment, and supports for Aboriginal and Francophone communities. 

This fund will help to ensure that College members can access continuing professional development tools that will further enhance service delivery to vulnerable populations.We rely on highly trained social workers and social service workers at the front-line to strengthen our communities. Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to helping Ontarians. 

Dr. Helena Jaczek
Minister of Community and Social Services


SWSSWPDF Paper Application
(Adobe PDF File)