Advocacy & Government Relations

OASW has a strong history of successful political advocacy. From advocating for the establishment of the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998, to enabling those with a doctorate in social work to use the title "Doctor" when providing clinical services; to securing pilot funding from government for a Professional Development Fund and most recently a highly effective province-wide advocacy campaign to ensure Registered Social Workers have access to the title, "psychotherapist."

OASW is a non-partisan organization committed to working with any government in power to advance the Association's strategic priorities and directions, including advocating for the improvement of policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and the client groups served.

Specific strategic priorities, including those related to advocacy are determined at our joint annual meeting, by the Provincial Board with input from Branches. Areas of focus for advocacy include:

Social Determinants of Health

OASW regularly comments on and provides recommendations to government as a key provincial stakeholder on issues that pertain to the social determinants of health, such as poverty reduction, income support, and affordable housing.

Human Rights

Social justice and respect for human rights are fundamental to the profession of social work. OASW is an advocate for human rights, equitable access to opportunities for all and the right to live free from discrimination.

Promotion of the Profession

OASW monitors and responds to government legislation, regulations, policies and programs as well as organizational practices that directly or indirectly impact the profession's scope of practice.