Founded in 1926, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) was intended as an organization that would ensure the needs of others were met while building a network for social workers to address working conditions. Eighty five years later, CASW has developed into a federated organization representing social workers across the country. The national organization’s strategic directions demonstrate that CASW continues to maintain similar commitments.

Created on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of CASW to celebrate and demonstrate the strength of the profession, the CASW historical web pages provide an overview of the history of CASW, as well as opportunities to learn from past experiences, to share stories from moments in CASW history, to recognize past success and celebrations, and to remember the contributions of others.

Selected CASW historical documents prior to 1973 are held at Library and Archives Canada.