Policy & Position Statements

March 2019 -

OTTAWA, ON – March 19, 2019 – The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) welcomes continued national leadership in building a more equitable Canada by investing in seniors, housing, harm reduction, internet access and the potential of universal pharmacare in Budget 2019, but with many...

March 2019 -

March 8, 2019 - “Generation after generation of Indigenous children have been separated from their families, culture, and community,” states CASW President Jan Christianson-Wood. “Social workers acknowledge the profession’s role in contributing to this harm and we are committed to bringing...

February 2019 -

National Social Work Month, marked in March of each year, is a time to celebrate the profession, reflect on the work that remains to be done to join together and work for a better world – and this year, to celebrate the impacts made by the people and communities with whom social workers have the...

February 2019 -

As social workers, we emphasize the importance of addressing the social determinants of health and of a public health approach in creating communities and conditions that support individuals to live their happiest, healthiest lives. 

January 2019 -

OTTAWA (January 29, 2019) - The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) encourages all Canadians to talk, text, and join in on social media in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 30.

January 2019 -

Recruiting and retaining social workers in underserved rural and remote communities is an ongoing challenge in Canada. The Government of Canada has recognized this challenge with other professions by offering Canada Student Loan forgiveness for nurses and family doctors. 

December 2018 -

December 17, 2018 - Each year, the Government of Canada transfers upwards of 10 billion dollars to the provinces and territories in support of social services with no idea how the money is actually spent.

December 2018 -

December 5, 2018 - Today, CASW releases a position statement on Medical Assistance in Dying to continue the end-of-life dialogue in Canada

November 2018 -

November 16, 2018 - As organizations deeply committed to the well-being of children and children’s rights, we express our concern with the decision of the Ontario government to eliminate the position of the Provincial Child Advocate. 

November 2018 -

November 9, 2018 - In 1989, the House of Commons passed an ambitious resolution to eliminate poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000. Unfortunately, no successive federal government has demonstrated any semblance of the determination required to realize this achievable goal. Until now...