Useful Links

  • Global Experience Ontario
  • Learn English or French
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
  • How to apply

Social Worker

Working in Ontario

Social workers in Ontario work across the province to improve the well-being of Ontarians – especially those in need.

To work as a registered social worker in Ontario you must be granted a certificate of registration by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. You can contact the College directly for more information.

Tools and Information

The Ontario Government has partnered with the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers to create a Career Map for internationally trained social workers. The Career Maps explains in detail every step of the registration process including language requirements, labour market conditions, the credential assessment process, registration fees and other important information.

Download a copy of the Career Map for internationally trained social workers:


Global Experience Ontario helps internationally trained and educated individuals in regulated non-health professions find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario.

Getting Help

Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.

Internationally Educated Social Work Professionals (IESW)

Ryerson University

This program helps internationally educated social work professionals to work in their field in Ontario. Participants of this program will have access to training, workplace experience, employment support and an occupation-specific communications course. In addition, this program will develop a peer support program for effective workplace integration of participants.

Telephone: 416 979-5000 ext. 4095
Location: Toronto

Regulatory Body

Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers
250 Bloor Street East, Suite 1000
Toronto, ON M4W 1E6
Telephone: 416-972-9882
Toll Free: 1-877-828-9380
Fax: 416-972-1512

Learning More

To learn about occupations in Canada, visit Job Bank.

This site will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada. It will also give you important information about your profession in many regions of Canada, including job duties, skill requirements and wage rates.

Do you have questions about working in your profession or trade? If so, ask

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