Press Releases

2015 CASW Distinguished Service Awards

(Ottawa, Ontario) March 31, 2015 – The CASW Distinguished Service Awards are presented to remarkable social workers selected from the membership of CASW Partner organizations each March during National Social Work Month. The CASW Distinguished Service Awards serve to honour the significant contributions made by the social work profession in support of building stronger families, communities, and a more equitable Canada. 

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International Women’s Day: Call to Action

(Ottawa, Ontario) March 6, 2015 – Celebrated each year on March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD) provides an opportunity to acknowledge the successes of women and the advancements made in gender equality across the world. However, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) will mark this IWD in reflection of the many social, political, and economic barriers that still exist for women worldwide, as well as in Canada.

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Social Work: Profession of Choice Celebrating National Social Work Month 2015

OTTAWA, March 2, 2015 – Social Work: Profession of Choice is the 2015 theme for National Social Work Month (March) selected to communicate the profession's unique scope and significance in meeting the needs of Canadians.

“In today’s society, social worker’s distinctive skill sets are increasingly relevant and in-demand,” states (CASW) President Morel Caissie. “With an ageing demographic, growing concern about mental health, and increasing wealth inequality in Canada, the social work perspective has never been more important.” 

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Physician Assisted Death: Re-Release of CASW’s Statement of Principles

Ottawa, ON (February 19, 2015)– On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned a ban on physician-assisted death in a unanimous ruling, giving the federal and provincial governments a year to create new legislation.

While the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is pleased that end-of-life issues have been brought to the fore, implementation of physician assisted death must be approached with great caution.    

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Canada Needs Federal Leadership to Accelerate Health Innovation and Improve System Performance

Ottawa, ON, (Tuesday, December 2, 2014) – Thirty-nine national health-care organizations that comprise the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) issued a consensus statement today calling for the federal government to embrace the Canadian Way of addressing national health issues through compassion, consensus, and collaboration.

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Affordable Housing - A National Priority

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, November 20, 2014- For National Housing Day (November 21), the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) again appeals to the Government of Canada to provide the leadership to develop a national long-term affordable housing plan. This plan must link all levels of government, as well as the private sector, in creating a comprehensive strategy to eliminate homelessness in Canada.

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Unwelcome to Canada

For Immediate Release
October 28, 2014

 The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is deeply disappointed to learn that the Government of Canada plans to use an omnibus budget bill to avoid scrutiny of its decision to fundamentally alter its relationship with the provinces and territories regarding social assistance for refugee claimants.

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Prostitution Policy in Canada: Models, Ideologies, and Moving Forward

OTTAWA, ON- In response to a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that Canada’s prostitution laws were unconstitutional and inappropriate, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) was introduced in June by Justice Minister Peter MacKay. If enacted as drafted, the new legislation will effectively make prostitution illegal for the first time in Canada. 

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