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Requirements to work as a Social Worker in Canada

When you arrive in Canada, you discover that finding a job is different from that of your home country. To get a job as a Social Worker In Canada,  you may need help finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, and understanding what Canadian employers need from applicants. Social workers may have different job titles in Canada. The titles include coordinator of social work, medical social worker, psychiatric social worker, social work supervisor and clinical social worker.

Credentials recognition

First, you need to find out the requirements to work as a social worker in Canada. After you have obtained your immigration visa, contact the regulatory body in the province or territory where you intend to settle in Canada. They will give you advise about the required documentation and the fees for assessment. It is highly recommended that you take this step before you get to Canada.

You may be asked to submit some or all of the following:

  • Original diplomas, degrees or full transcripts recording and describing your course and marks as well as the official program syllabuses.
  • Full address of the educational and professional institutions where you obtained your engineering qualifications.
  • Employment and character references
  • Work descriptions and letters from professional agencies. Depending on the requirements of the province, all documents must have certified English or French translation.
  • Before you move, get more information about the schedule of exams by getting in touch with the professional association in the territory or province you will like to settle in and take that information into consideration when deciding the actual date of your departure to Canada.

The Canadian Association of Social Workers assesses your credentials. The assessment application form can be downloaded from the “Internationally Educated Social Workers” section of their website. You can also request for an application package to be sent to you. All Canadian province/territories accepts the CASW with the exception of British Columbia and Quebec. Both provinces have their own assessment process and you can get the details from the appropriate provincial authority.
Note that the CASW doesn’t recognize education received through distance learning or self-study.

Credentials assessment services

If you are planning to enroll in a college or university program to upgrade your skills and need an assessment for academic purposes (or employment purposes), find out the steps you should take and the credential assessment agency you should use by getting in touch with institution in which you plan to study. Ensure you to not discount your international education and skills. Try to build on your existing knowledge and skills and explore university and college options thoroughly before making a decision. It’s possible you might be able to have advanced standing, transfer some of your credits and benefit from prior learning assessment options by using your international credentials and experience to gain credit or course exemptions. With this, you’ll be able to complete your program more quickly, without wasting too much money and repeating the education you already have.

Best locations

There are so many social organizations across Canada and it may be easy for you to find job opportunities in every city or town. In fact, it will help you to focus on the cities and provinces that are known to have the most population growth in the country or are welcoming a big number of immigrants. Request for the expansion of social services in these particular areas and thus a need for more social workers there will be higher.

Major employers

Social workers are employed in family service agencies, social housing agencies, hospitals, school boards, correctional institutions, welfare administration agencies, child welfare agencies, community health centres, employee assistance programs, addiction services and government departments. They are also known to operating a private practice. You can view a directory of Canadian social organizations and job postings in the social sector by visiting Charity Village, there you will find lots of information about the nonprofit sector in Canada. Visit the New Canadian website to know the best Canadian companies that hire recent immigrants and offer them job opportunities. These employers offer interesting programs in order to help new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace and starting a new life in Canada.

You can also see which province will be best for you to get permanent residence in Canada.