Category: Social Work Provincial Issues

” …governments that are afraid of taxes have two choices: sell off public assets or take on a deficit. …”

Analysis of Ontario Budget in the context of the election by: Trish Hennessy, Ricardo Tranjan and Sheila Block, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Ontario Office

Legislative Assembly of Ontario at Queens Park on a clear Summer day, Toronto.

…  Meanwhile, the decision to put off raising any significant new taxes in order to ensure fiscal health in light of long-term slow economic growth projections means the government heads into this election with a deficit-funded platform. The technical adjustment in the personal income tax system from surtaxes to adjusted brackets and rates will increase taxes paid by higher income Ontarians by $275 million. At most, higher income earners will pay $200 more per person. Otherwise, when it comes to taxes nothing much to see here.

The wise Alex Himelfarb, CCPA-Ontario advisory board chair and former clerk to the Privy Council, has said governments that are afraid of taxes have two choices: sell off public assets or take on a deficit. This government has already sold off public assets, including the majority share of Hydro One, which is one of the most unpopular things it has done. Keeping public assets in public hands makes more sense since it gives government greater control.

Going into deficit is the better trade-off between the two options, but we do pay the price for tax avoidance. Had the government turned to key revenue tools to raise taxes during these past few years of reasonable post-recession economic growth, it would have been better positioned to make these needed investments in hospitals, pharmacare, dental care, child care, and more. There would have been less catching up required.

See the analysis here


Survey on job satisfaction and salaries for all social workers in Ontario


All social workers in Ontario welcomed to participate.

Important Survey For  Social Workers


The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) is conducting a province-wide online survey to gather information about current social work salaries and job satisfaction across sectors of practice in Ontario. To ensure that the most comprehensive data is collected, members can play a crucial role by both participating and circulating the survey link through your various networks. You do not need to be a member of OASW to participate.


The aggregated results will provide current and up-to-date information regarding the employment experience of social workers across all practice settings in Ontario which will assist OASW in advocacy efforts with government to address disparities in social work salaries.


All responses will remain anonymous.  Respondents who complete the survey will be invited to enter a separate prize draw for four $25 Indigo gift cards.


1) Complete the survey now:


2) Forward this message to your social work colleagues & networks anywhere in Ontario


Approximate time to complete the survey: 13 minutes.


Ontario Association of Social Workers president describes efforts to dialogue with the Canadian Association of Social Workers

President Adamson’s memo informs of a OASW and CASW luncheon.

The voice of social work in Ontario La voix du travail social en Ontario

January 2017
Memo to: OASW Branch Presidents
Cc: OASW Board of Directors

Dear Colleagues:
As a follow-up to our November meetings at the OASW Provincial Conference, I wanted to provide you
with an update on CASW.

Joan MacKenzie Davies, OASW Executive Director, and I met with CASW’s new President,
Jan Christianson-Wood, and Executive Director, Fred Phelps, on October 5, 2016. While
OASW had proposed meetings with CASW previously during visits to Ottawa in October 2014, and to
coincide with our attendance at the Eastern Branch 80th Anniversary and Gala on March 23, 2016, the
previous President, Morel Caissie, was unavailable to meet with us on those occasions. The October
2016 meeting came about as the result of a follow-up by the new President to our earlier

The agenda for our meeting consisted of an exchange of information, a sharing of strategic directions,
and getting to know one another. The hour and a half luncheon meeting was cordial and constructive.
Initially, we talked about the future of social work practice as reflected in emerging trends in
government policy and social work practice, as well as emergent challenges and opportunities facing the

Overall, the meeting served the significant purpose of finding out what issues were of uppermost
importance to the respective organizations. There was an alignment around raising the profile of the
profession (CASW has started its own marketing campaign) and Indigenous issues. No specific
commitments were made in regard to next steps, but there was agreement to keep the lines of
communication open.

Please do not hesitate to be in contact with Joan or your Regional Director if you have any further
questions or concerns.
Keith Adamson, PhD, RSW

from Eastern Branch Spring 2017 newsletter found here:

“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.

Analysis of Ontario’s per capita spending reductions on programs like… health

Impressive — program level analysis of Ontario provincial budget from Doug Allen to the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. It incorporates a longer view of where we have been and are going.

The Ontario government spent 1.6 per cent less of provincial Gross Domestic Product (GDP) compared to the other provinces in 2010-11. With sharp cutbacks in Ontario, that gap had increased to 2.1 per cent by 2014/15. On this basis, Ontario spent about $15-billion less on programs than the other provinces and territories. On a per capita basis, Ontario is the lowest spending (and lowest revenue) provincial government in Canada. Ontario spent $1,200 less per person in 2010/11 than the other provinces and territories and almost $2,000 less per person in 2014/15. Here the gap is even larger – Ontario spent about $27-billion less on a per capita basis than the other provinces and territories.

Total Provincial/Territorial Government Programs

Source: graph developed from Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI): Data tables – Appendix D.3: Total Provincial/Territorial Government Programs, by Province/Territory and Canada, 1974–1975 to 2014–2015.

The gap is almost certainly growing. In 2015/16 Ontario program spending increased at less than 2/3rd the rate of nominal economic growth, according to the 2016/17 budget. That budget also forecasts increased spending to go up just less than 1 per cent in 2016/17 – or about a quarter of the forecast nominal economic growth. Ontario program spending will continue to decline as a share of the economy. These real funding cuts are having a serious impact on public services

See more of the article and ensuing links.


Carleton School of Social Work Gala

from: Carleton Social work students..


Come out to the first ever social work gala presented by BSWSS Executive and GRASSOW Careleton! It will be a night of dinner, drinks and fun and proceeds from our silent auction table will go towards WUSC!

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through e-transfer, credit or cash!

OASW – Eastern Branch 80th Anniversary – Professional Development, Celebration and Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 13:00 – 21:00

Kanata Golf and Country Club 7000 Campeau Drive, Kanata

Professional Development 13:00 – 16:00 Strengthening Interventions with High Risk Youth David Falardeau and Dr. Ben Roebuck Presentation of the Joan Gullen Awards for Media Excellence

Join us for a Meet and Greet at 16:00. Bring your business cards. For those joining us for the evening, registration is scheduled for 17:00 followed by the introduction of Keith Adamson, OASW President, and Joan MacKenzie Davies, OASW Executive Director,

….a buffet dinner, entertainment, and the premiere of Heritage Moments: The Pioneers of the Eastern Branch An open forum to follow.

Presentation of the Bessie Touzel Award to Geneviève Côté

Presentation of the Glenn Drover National Award for Outstanding Service

Annual General Meeting

Please confirm your attendance at 613 238-8406, or by e-mail at by March 14, 2016.