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Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

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416-972-9882

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is the governing body for social workers and social service workers in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a social worker or a social service worker in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report

(Social Workers, 2016) (Social Service Workers, 2016)

 2019

2019

Social Service Workers-Fair-Registration-Practices-Report-2019.pdf

Social Workers-Fair-Registration-Practices-Report-2019.pdf

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2019
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,6321979788592,073
Applicants who became members1,5121338260321,819
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2019
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received648201122692
Applicants who became members57751214599

 2018

2018

Social Service Workers-Fair-Registration-Practices-Report-2018.pdf

Social Workers-Fair-Registration-Practices-Report-2018.pdf

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2018
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,4971549464531,862
Applicants who became members1,1971207546351,473
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2018
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received64572318675
Applicants who became members4192000421

 2017

2017

Social Service Workers-Fair-Registration-Practices-Report-2017.pdf

Social Workers-Fair-Registration-Practices-Report-2017.pdf

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2017
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,3191277058401,614
Applicants who became members1,1731066042221,403
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2017
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received44220418466
Applicants who became members3440020346

 2016

2016

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2016
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,2031319255171,498
Applicants who became members1,1221229141161,392
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2016
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received4642000466
Applicants who became members4020000402

 2015

2015

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,0801287558271,368
Applicants who became members1,0601187057221,327
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received4120110414
Applicants who became members4020000402

 2014

2014

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​​​

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014 (Social Workers)

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014 (Social Service Workers)

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,1701249184281,497
Applicants who became members1,1471289679231,473
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received4320100433
Applicants who became members4250000425

 2013

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013 (Social Workers)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013 (Social Service Workers)

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,12011379110201,442
Applicants who became members1,0319765120271,340
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received3724020378
Applicants who became members3490100350

 2012

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012 (Social Workers)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012 (Social Service Workers)

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Social Workers)

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Social Service Workers)

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,00510376124291,337
Applicants who became members96210274107301,275
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received4003100404
Applicants who became members4032000405

 2011

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011 (Social Workers)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011 (Social Service Workers)

Report on Entry-to-Practice Review, 2011

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9491027964211,215
Applicants who became members918898157151,160
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received3991200402
Applicants who became members3640100365

 2010

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010 (Social Workers)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010 (Social Service Workers)

Audit Report

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2010, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received94399874511,175
Applicants who became members87390744101,078
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received3431010345
Applicants who became members3102030315

 2009

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009 (Social Workers)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009 (Social Service Workers)

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received85289755901,075
Applicants who became members82778845101,040
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2731010275
Applicants who became members2620010263

 2008

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008 (Social Workers)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008 (Social Service Workers)

In January 2009, the OCSWSSW's council approved a reduction in the college's annual membership fee, its registration fee and its annual fees for new graduates.

Internationally educated social workers can obtain a Certificate in Canadian Social Work Practice through the one-year internationally educated social work professionals bridging program at Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Taking this program is not a requirement to work as a social worker in Ontario; rather, it provides an introduction to social services in Canada and includes training, mentorship, employment and career support, and supervised work placements for qualified social work professionals educated outside of Canada.

From 2005 to 2008, the membership of registered social workers in the college has steadily increased, at an average rate of 13 per cent. Almost 90 per cent of new members received their training in Ontario.

Applications to Practise as Social Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received81194793701,021
Applicants who became members80193733301,000
Applications to Practise as Social Service Workers Processed by the OCSWSSW in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received2210010222
Applicants who became members2171000218

 2007