CASW Membership in Coalitions

Highlighted Coalition: Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health

Watch CASW ED and other CAMIMH members comment on the need for better mental health funding and services in Canada. 

Left to Right: Clara Hughes; Fred Phelps, CASW ED and CAMIMH Campaign Chair; Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Let's Talk



In spite of its limited resources, CASW has been active on many social policy and social action fronts, thanks to its affiliation as an organizational member of several national coalitions.

Adoption Council of Canada

Campaign 2000

Canadian AIDS  Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE)

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH)

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children

Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century

Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health

Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

Canadian Public Health Association

Child Care Now

Child Welfare League of Canada

Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management (CSEPM)

Dignity for all: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada


Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition

International Social Services

National Association Active in Criminal Justice

National Alliance for Children and Youth

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (N.I.C.E.)

Organizations For Health Action (HEAL)

Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNET)

Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada

Repeal 43


Adoption Council of Canada (ACC)
The Adoption Council of Canada (ACC) is the umbrella organization for adoption in Canada. The ACC raises public awareness of adoption, promotes placement of waiting children and stresses the importance of post-adoption services. 
Campaign 2000
Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan coalition of 19 national partners and a Canada-wide network of 33 community partners who are committed to securing the implementation of the 1989 federal all-party resolution "to seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000". 
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE)
CATIE is a national, not-for-profit charity committed to improving the health and quality of life of all people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada by providing accessible, accurate, unbiased and timely treatment information to people living with HIV/AIDS and their caregiver, health care providers and service organizations.

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) calls for significantly increased attention to mental illness and mental health promotion at all levels of Canadian society and aims to put mental illness and mental health on the national health and social policy agendas.

Created in October 1998, the fifteen member organizations of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) represent all elements of the mental health continuum. Consumers and their families, researchers, and all manner of practitioners including physicians, psychologists and psychiatric nurses, are supporters of the Alliance and its messages. Together, these organizations constitute a vibrant network of national, provincial and local organizations that stretch from coast to coast.

 Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) works to unite all communities, governments, organizations and resources across Canada with CASP and our stakeholders to work effectively together to prevent death by suicide and to assist, educate and comfort those who have been impacted by suicidal behaviours.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is a national, independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with local, national and international issues of social and economic justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada's leading progressive voices in public policy debates. The Centre offers analysis and policy ideas to the media, general public, social justice and labour organizations, academia and government. The CCPA produces research studies, policy briefs, books, editorials and commentary, and other publications.
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) brings together Canadian organizations and individuals who are concerned about the rights of children. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the guiding framework for all activities of the coalition. 

Click here to read the letter to the Prime Minister demanding a child rights impact assessment of the proposed changes to the youth justice system prior to C-10 passing.

Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century
The Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21) is a national network of non-profit organizations, professional associations, health charities and academic researchers who share the common goal to improve and sustain the health of Canadians.
Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health
Prompted by concern about inadequate services for the residents of long-term care facilities, a national symposium was held in April 28, 2002 with the goal of "improving the mental health of the elderly in long term care through education, advocacy and collaboration". A coalition was formed with the purpose to improve the mental health of seniors through a coordinated national strategy. The coalition's first priority is to focus on the unmet needs of seniors living in long-term care facilities.  

Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association r mission is to ensure all Canadians have an affordable, secure and decent place to call home. Adequate housing provides a stable foundation from which people, communities and Canada as a whole can prosper and so we advocate for improved housing policies and programs that keep housing affordable and end homelessness. We support a sustainable housing profession and work to connect the broader sector, as well as our members, who collectively house and serve hundreds of thousands of people living in or seeking affordable housing.

Canadian Public Health Association

The Canadian Public Health Association advances public health education, research, policy and practice in Canada and around the world by publishing the Canadian Journal of Public Health, position statements, discussion documents and other resources.

Child Care Now
Child Care Now is dedicated to advocating for a publicly funded, inclusive, quality, non-profit child care system. Our organization is non-profit, membership-based and regionally representative.

Child Welfare League of Canada

The Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC) is the voice for vulnerable children in Canada. Established in 1994, CWLC is a national, membership-based organization dedicated to promoting the protection and well-being of vulnerable children, youth and their families. We play a significant role in promoting best practices among those in the field of child welfare, child and youth mental health, child rights and youth justice.

Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management (CSEPM) 
The Coalition is committed, as part of the federal government’s opioid strategy, to develop recommendations to promote a better approach to pain management at the practitioner level. This group brings together healthcare professions who have recognized roles in non-cancer pain management in tertiary care settings. Access to the services of these professions are not often accessible in primary care settings where earlier engagement can achieve important health care outcomes and other benefits.

Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada
The Dignity for All Campaign calls for vigorous and sustained action by the federal government to combat the structural causes of poverty in Canada. The coalition, led by Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice are joined by diverse partners in mobilizing the multi-year, multi-partner, non-partisan campaign, Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada.

EGALE Canada
Egale works to improve the lives of LGBTQI2S people in Canada and to enhance the global response to LGBTQI2S issues. Egale will achieve this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education and community engagement.
Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition (EHPC) 
Previously known as the G7 (Group of Healthcare Professionals) and the G11, the Extended Healthcare Professionals Coalition (EHPC) is a group of national health care professional associations who formed a partnership to work collaboratively on health initiatives with a view to broadening policy initiatives beyond traditional health care providers. Along with the CASW, members of the EHPC include the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Speech‐Language and Audiology Canada, Canadian Psychological Association, Dietitians of Canada, Canadian Association of Optometrists, Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, Canadian Chiropractic Association, and Canadian Dental Association.
-Letter from G7 to Honorable Christy Clark April 10, 2012 re Health Care Innovation Working Group
-Response from Co-Chairs, Council of the Federation April 19, 2012

International Social Services

ISS Canada is a non-profit organization which mobilizes domestic and international networks of professionals to effectively connect individuals, children and families separated by international borders to access the services and supports they need.

National Association Active in Criminal Justice
The mission of the National Associations Active in Criminal Justice (NAACJ) is to enhance the capacity of member organizations to contribute to a just, fair, equitable and effective justice system. Its objects are to:
Contribute to the education of its member organizations, other organizations from the governmental and voluntary sector and the general public through activities that share and generate knowledge, information, ideas and values, in relation to current and emerging criminal justice issues.
Contribute to the capacity of the member organizations to carry out their purposes through activities that share and generate expertise and to serve as a catalyst for action by member agencies and to provide collective support for actions undertaken by individual member agencies where feasible.
Support the activities of its member organizations in the development of policy related to criminal justice by promoting the role and importance of the member organizations in consultation and policy forms with the federal government.
National Alliance for Children and Youth
The Children's Alliance provides a forum for a group of national organizations with an interest in the well-being of children. The group aims to work co-operatively, to devise strategies to promote a national children's agenda, and to respond to concerns and issues affecting children and their families.

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (N.I.C.E)
N.I.C.E. is a national network of researchers and practitioners involved in the care of older adults that is mandated to disseminate research and best practice knowledge amongst interdisciplinary practitioners and academia regarding the care to the elderly.

Organizations for Health Action (HEAL)

The members of the Organizations for Health Action are committed to sustaining and enhancing the health of Canadians, and in the continuous improvement of fair, equitable, efficient and effective health services and system(s). As active participants in the development and implementation of our health system(s) we commit to these guiding principles for health and health care in Canada.

Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNET)
PREVNET is a national partnership of university researchers and national non-governmental organizations that is mandated to create socio-cultural change in Canada by reducing the negative use of power and aggression in relationships. PREVNET is interested in creating a national strategy to address bullying problems and promote healthy relationships among children.
Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada
The QELCCC works to improve end-of-life care for all Canadians by focusing on the following pursuits:
1. Ensure all Canadians have access to high quality hospice palliative end-of-life care.
2. Enhance the level of support family caregivers receive.
3. Improve the quality and consistency of hospice palliative end-of-life care in Canada.
4. Encourage Canadians to discuss and plan for end-of-life.
For more information on the QELCCC, please visit and download a copy of The Blueprint for Action.

Funding received from Federal Goverment to support the development of community-integrated palliative care models for the health care sector.  Click here to read more.

To read the letter from CASW to Honourable Leona Aglukkaq regarding support provided click here.

To read the report from the CASW representative (January 2013) click here.

Repeal 43 Committee  
 The Repeal 43 Committee is a national, voluntary committee formed in 1994 to advocate repeal of section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada which is a defense to assault that justifies violence against children by teachers and parents in the name of correction.