Social Workers & Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund
 


Important News from the Ministry of Community & Social Services 
Ontario Supporting Skills Training for Social Workers & Social Service Workers

Province Renews Professional Development Fund
September 14, 2017 11:00 A.M.
 
Ontario is renewing the Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund, to help social workers and social service workers update and upgrade their skills.

The fund - which was originally launched in 2015 as a two-year pilot project, provides training in priority areas such as violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment, and support for Aboriginal and Francophone communities.

This fund helps to ensure that social workers and social service workers can access continuing professional development tools that will further enhance service delivery to vulnerable populations.

Supporting highly trained social workers and social service workers is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts
  • The province is investing up to $1 million over two years in the Fund, which is administered by the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
  • The Fund provides for educational opportunities for social workers and social service workers who are registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and working in Ontario.
  • The Fund will reimburse eligible costs up to $500 per person each year.
  • Preference is given for training that supports ministry priorities, such as violence against women, including human trafficking, sexual violence and harassment; Indigenous and Francophone communities; as well as multi-year government priority areas for a healthier population, including mental health, inequity and exclusion and poverty reduction.

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, 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 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.


Quotes

“Social workers and social service workers touch the lives of so many people in our communities. Working together, with the Ontario Association of Social Workers, we are committed to providing more access to training and development opportunities to advance the knowledge and skills of our social workers and social service workers, because highly trained social workers and social service workers on the front-line strengthens our communities.” Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services

“As the voice of Ontario’s social workers, OASW knows the critical role social workers play in helping Ontarians access the important health, mental health and social services they need. The Association applauds the government for establishing a Professional Development Fund for social workers and social service workers and we are thrilled with this additional $1 million investment over the next two years to further enhance training and service delivery. The Fund has been a huge benefit and a valuable tool for our members to help better serve their clients. We encourage every social worker and social service worker in Ontario to visit our website and apply for the Fund today - which is all about ensuring that they are able to continue to provide outstanding services to build stronger communities.” Joan MacKenzie Davies, Executive Director, Ontario Association of Social Workers