“It is wonderful to be back to strengthen the national voice of social work in Canada…”–ACSW President Richard Gregory

News release from CASW–

OTTAWA, ON – April 1, 2016 – Today the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is delighted to welcome the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) back into full partnership in the CASW national federation. ACSW has not been a provincial partner in the CASW federation since March 31, 2011.

“Unity is the strength that drives our national professional voice and today this voice has been exponentially strengthened by welcoming back the members of ACSW into our national federation,” stated CASW President, Morel Caissie.

Founded in 1926, CASW has a dual mandate to promote and strengthen the profession, while also advancing issues of social justice in Canada. In welcoming ACSW back into the federation, CASW now has an individual and partner organization membership of over 15,000 social workers represented by nine provincial and territorial partner organizations.

“In an open consultation with members, the ACSW membership responded in support of rejoining the CASW federation” stated ACSW President Richard Gregory. “It is wonderful to be back to strengthen the national voice of social work in Canada, and lend our voices and expertise to CASW’s advocacy efforts.”

More than anything, this is a great day for all social workers in Canada. CASW’s national representation has been strengthened to influence stakeholders, policy makers and politicians.

“The time is now to use the social work perspective to build a better Canada,” concluded Mr. Caissie.



  1. Bill Dare

    A national focus of social work -advocacy and focus on the profession’s further development makes a lot of sense for social workers in Ontario, as all provincial perspectives are critical and there is now a federal government with a greater focus, rather relishing its leadership role in health and social service systems.

    For sure this will only work with actual working, everyday partnerships, strategies between these levels. I hope CASW and OASW makes effort to focus on a project like A New Social Care Act for Canada (2015), which CASW developed, in an effort to potentially develop some form of working relationship; for the greater good.

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