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School of Social Work

The School of Social Work focuses on Indigenous, structural, critical feminist, anti-oppressive, and anti-racism perspectives with northern, rural, remote, Indigenous, and Franco-Ontarian communities.

The BSW is a professional program accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). Students who graduate from our program are eligible to register as professionals with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Many employers require registration with the OCSWSSW.



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The School of Social Work at Algoma University offers academic excellence for professional education in Sault Ste Marie and in Timmins. Graduates of the four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree are prepared to practice anti-oppressive social work at the entry-level with diverse populations in a Canadian context and are introduced to anti-racism perspectives. Our programming was developed in consultation with various local employers in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins, who have cited a growing need for employees. For this reason, our programming is designed to help fulfil the need for social workers in northern, rural, and remote regions.

We are aware of the impact that colonial actions, legislation, policy and institutions, including Residential Schools and child welfare systems, have on Indigenous Peoples, and we are committed to preparing students to critically reflect on how their work as future social workers has a role in working to move forward for a better future. The School of Social Work is committed to playing its role in addressing the Calls to Action that have been made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Our Social Work Program

Students can expect opportunities for personal, academic, and professional growth through our small class sizes and one-on-one interactions with dedicated faculty who are active in their fields of research.

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Two Unique Campus Locations

The Sault Ste. Marie campus is located in the heart of the Great Lakes, while the Timmins campus is located on the Mattagami River; each providing truly unique northern experiences. Both locations have cited a growing need for employees. For this reason, our program is designed to help fulfil the need for social workers in northern, rural and remote regions.

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Special Mission

Algoma University is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful learning community; one that values the opportunities to learn from and with students, staff and visitors from all parts of the world. This is what makes Algoma University such a special place.

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Field Placements

As part of any BSW program found in Canada, all students must successfully complete 700 hours of field placement directly related to their studies in social work with established professionals.

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