Shaping the College’s Strategic Goals











We became an official College over a year ago on May 16th, 2016 when the Executive Council of the Nova Scotia Government amended the Social Workers Act.

Protecting the public became the College’s priority. The amendments also renewed the College’s commitment to promote the values of social work.

The Nova Scotia College of Social Workers exists to serve and protect Nova Scotians by effectively regulating the profession of social work. We work in solidarity with Nova Scotians to advocate for policies that improve social conditions, challenge injustice and value diversity.

We ‘re a hybrid organization as we’re privileged to be both the social work regulatory body and the professional association. We’re a hybrid organization and protecting the public is our primary goal.

As a hybrid, the strategies and tactics available to the organization are more intersectional and provide broader tools for protecting the public, including a focus on prevention of professional misconduct.

We’ve been busy over the last year building committees to review and renew our programming so it aligns with the amended Social Workers Act

Council and the Board of Examiners (BOE) are creating a 5-year strategic plan. and will meet in the Fall of 2017 to plan our strategic vision. We’re excited to work together with our members to see what we can achieve over the next 5 years. 

As a member-driven organization, your input a key part of this strategic planning process.  

You’ll receive a survey July 15th as we aim to gain your insight into:

  • Changes in the social work community;
  • Trends in the social work field and in your practice including demographic shifts, the economy, political environment and the impact of new regulations and legislation;
  • Your experience with the College.

Your feedback is extremely valuable. Help to shape and define your College!

Questions or comments? Contact me directly at

Alec Stratford
Registrar/Executive Director