National Social Work Month 2021: Social Work is Essential

Last March, the world began to shift dramatically with the arrival of a global pandemic -- and shortly thereafter came the changes imposed to help flatten the curve, which have brought their own evolving challenges and uncertainties.

Yet, social workers kept working: evolving your practice to meet new challenges while often placing yourself at risk to protect those made vulnerable by the pandemic.

February 18, 2021 – Today, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) applauds and commends the Government of Canada for choosing to end the failed policy of Mandatory Minimum Penalties (MMP) specific to drug offences with the introduction of a Bill C- 22 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

February 11, 2021 - "For too long there has been a lack of public investment in providing the people of Canada with timely access to mental health services and supports. In our view, there is no health without mental health and a strong majority of Canadians support increased public funding for mental health in parity to services and supports for physical health."

February 8, 2021 - CASW calls for Mental Health and Economic Parity for Canada

"The time has come to no longer rely on corporate Canada to lead the way. To truly end stigma and the lack of access to mental health services, the GoC, in collaboration with all national political parties and Indigenous leaders, must lead the way."

December 17, 2020 - The Treasury Board reaffirms the government's commitment to adopting measures to remove barriers and appropriately safeguard the mental health of employees, and their families.

December 8, 2020 - CASW unequivocally supports Bill C-6’s intention to ban conversion therapy, an abhorrent attack against 2SLGBTQ+ communities - but believes the legislation could be strengthened to make this national and international stride forward for human rights.

November 30, 2020 - Throughout this deeply unsettling time, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) has been encouraged by the leadership role that the Government of Canada has demonstrated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 17, 2020 - Beyond COVID-19 : HEAL’s recommendations for a healthier nation outlines issues our members have seen on the front lines, including recommendations for pandemic readiness in the future, in addition to our remained focus on HEAL’s two key priority areas to the federal government.