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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
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.
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
-Advance and integrate knowledge and skills into professional
-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;
-French Language Services;
-Healthier Populations - including mental health;
-Equity & Inclusion; and
(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).
-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, 2017 - August 31, 2018 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
-Online (Please ensure all required documents are scanned and attached to
the online form).
-Email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.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.
To be eligible for the Fund, an applicant must:
-Be a registered member of the College, in good
-If employed, be employed within Ontario.
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
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
Activities eligible for funding
-Courses, including online taken as part of professional development and not in pursuit of and educational degree/diploma
-Fees/costs associated with activities that support raising
Aboriginal cultural awareness & competency skills.
Expenses not eligible include:
-Books, course materials, etc.;
-Activity fees including: exam fees, membership fees, subscription
-Salaries for participants while attending professional development
-Activities for which other sources of funding/reimbursement have
been received; and
-Meals, accommodation and travel or other out-of-pocket expenses.