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Algoma University launches Bachelor of Social Work program on Brampton Campus

This program will address the critical labour shortage in the social work sector within the GTA

(BRAMPTON, ONTARIO, Mar. 21, 2024): Algoma University is tackling a deep community and labour market need in Brampton by launching its Bachelor of Social Work program on the Brampton campus.

Algoma University’s Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). This program aims to provide students with an in-demand career option while addressing the critical need for social workers in the Brampton community. This four-year degree prepares students to identify key social justice issues and provide integrated and intersectional solutions to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities, and prioritize the unheard voices of underprivileged, marginalized communities.

By offering social work degree education in Brampton, Algoma University is committed to providing Brampton students with comprehensive social work training in their home city, in the context of the region’s unique needs, making it more likely for them to stay and work as professional social workers in Brampton and the region. 

The Bachelor of Social Work program at Algoma U’s Brampton Campus extends the institution’s renowned excellence in social work education, mirroring the success of its Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins Campuses. This interdisciplinary degree program is rooted in the core principles of supporting Indigenous and racialized communities, addressing the impact of colonization, and combating anti-Indigenous, anti-Asian and anti-Black racism. By integrating these crucial components, students develop ethical critical thinking, creativity and community-focused problem-solving skills essential for navigating complex social issues.


Dr. Alean Al-Krenawi, Dean of the  Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and Cross-Cultural Studies and Professor of Social Work 
“This program aims to provide training to social workers to practice, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Algoma University introduces our students to the dynamic and challenging profession of social work, where they can explore career options in social services and mental health agencies around the region and beyond.” 

Dr. Rose Ann Torres, Director of the School of Social Work
“We believe in meeting communities where they are and providing programs that directly respond to local demands. The launch of our Social Work program in Brampton is a testament to this commitment, offering students the opportunity to pursue meaningful careers from anti-oppressive and anti-racist approaches while making a positive impact in their community.”

Dr. Suleyman Demi, Assistant Professor of Social Work
“The upcoming Bachelor of Social Work program promises to forge diverse career pathways for Brampton students, spanning community service, health institutions, and corrections. As Brampton evolves into a more diverse and dynamic city, there’s no better group equipped to serve its population than the community members trained through this program.”

Dr. Dionisio Nyaga, Assistant Professor of Social Work
“The extension of our Bachelor of Social Work program in Brampton embraces a comprehensive approach with a keen focus on integration, particularly addressing the unique challenges faced by migrant and Indigenous communities. By emphasizing equality and empowerment, it will redefine perspectives in Brampton, paving the way for a more inclusive and compassionate society.”

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