Privacy Policy


Privacy Policy Statement


The privacy of your personal information is important to us. We safeguard and protect it in the following manner: .


Membership Sign-up


A key or padlock icon in the lower corner of the browser window identifies the security mode of a browser. When the browser is running in "normal" mode, the key looks broken or the padlock looks open. Once a connection has been established between you and our site, the key becomes whole, or the padlock becomes closed, indicating that the browser is now in "secure" mode. In addition, your credit card information is never sent via e-mail over the open Internet and your credit card information is not stored after your transaction has been cleared.


Mailing Lists


OASW mailing lists are occasionally provided to carefully screened companies who advertise services with relevance to social workers (e.g., conference information, resources). Please note that email addresses are never provided. Names are removed upon request - please e-mail


Telephone/Fax/E-Mail Enquiries


If members of the public or OASW members call to obtain contact information about our members, we handle these requests in the following way:


  • when information is requested about a member, we contact the member on the caller's behalf; the member can then contact the caller at their discretion.
  • information related to your home address, date of birth, financial information, and e-mail addresses are never released.
  • we shred confidential information.


Social Work Referrals


OASW is frequently contacted by members of the public (including managers of Employee Assistance Programs) to obtain referrals for social workers in private practice. Referrals are provided either by directing the caller to or a staff person performs a search of private practitioners from our membership database. Information provided consists of name, gender, city, specialty, degree, language spoken and phone number. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rita Mascherin, Manager, Administration & Services, by e-mail:, phone: 416-923-4848 ext. 224, fax: 416-923-5279 or by mail: Ontario Association of Social Workers, 410 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2G6.