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Social Workers Associations

The social work profession is provincially legislated and regulated to monitor employment conditions and to establish standards of practice within the profession. Below, find useful links to the different provincial associations for Social Workers Associations:

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) is the regulatory body and professional association for social work in Newfoundland and Labrador. NLASW is responsible for regulating the practice of social work under provincial legislation titled the Social Workers Act.
  • The Nova Scotia Association of Social Work promotes and regulates the practice of social work so its members can provide a high standard of service that respects diversity, promotes social justice, and enhances the worth, self-determination and potential of families and communities.
  • The New Brunswick Association of Social Workers (est. 1965) is the professional association and regulatory body for the profession of social work in that province. The Association promotes quality professional social work services to the population of New Brunswick.
  • The Prince Edward Island Association of Social Workers (PEIASW) is a voluntary, not-for-profit membership association that supports and promotes the profession of social work and advocates for social justice.
  • L'Ordre des Travailleurs Sociaux et des Therapeutes Conjugaux et Familiaux du Quebec est le travailleur social vise à favoriser et renforcer le pouvoir d’agir des personnes et des communautés dans l’exercice de leurs droits, l’accomplissement de leurs rôles sociaux, leurs relations interpersonnelles, leur participation citoyenne en relation avec le développement social.
  • The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) is the voice of social workers in Ontario. OASW is a voluntary, provincial, non-profit bilingual association for social workers. All practising members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor's, master's or doctoral level.
  • The Manitoba Institute of Registered Social Workers (MIRSW) is the provincial body that regulates the profession of Social Work in Manitoba. The Manitoba Institute of Registered Social Workers is responsible for the registration of Social Workers in the province and protects the public interest through use of a recognized Code of Ethics and provincial Standards of Practice.
  • As an association, the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) is the voice of social workers in Saskatchewan. SASW is a professional association with members in many fields of practice across the province. As a regulatory body, it is SASW's role to establish, maintain, & develop standards of ethical practice as well as develop skills and competency among its members for the purpose of serving and protecting the public.
  • Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) serves as the regulatory body for the profession of social work in Alberta. The ACSW also represents the social work profession in Alberta. It supports membership activities that promote skilled and ethical social work practice such as annual conferences and regional events.
  • The British Columbia Association of Social Workers (BCASW) is a voluntary, not-for-profit membership association that supports and promotes the profession of social work and advocates for social justice.