About this program

Start Date

September 2023


Fort Frances


Program Length

Two years


Fort Frances: Evenings and weekends


Ontario College Diploma

Canadore College

About the program

The Social Service Worker program will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter this rewarding career field. Learn skills and methods that will prepare you to work in different settings and challenging situations. Themes include social justice, empowerment of marginalized citizens and ethics. Graduates can expect to work with individuals or groups in a variety of community settings. Graduates may apply to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Semester 1

CMM125 College Communication I
CLT100 Canada’s First Peoples
HSP105 Interviewing & Helping Skills I
PSY200 Lifespan Development
SOC100 Foundations of Sociology
GENED General Education Elective – Online
SSW101 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice I

Semester 2

ENG200 Creative Writing
SSW104 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice II
HSP160 Interviewing & Helping Skills II
HUM219 Group Work
SSW103 SSW Methods: Community Organization
HSP155 Family Dynamics
HSP165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan

Semester 3

SSW296 Introduction to Gerontology
SSW290 Trauma Informed Practice and Crisis Intervention
GENED General Education Elective – Online
SSW225 SSW Methods of Intervention
SSW238 SSW Methods: Intimate Personal Violence
SSW294 Accountable Professional
SSW292 Fieldwork Preparation

Semester 4

SSW293 Fieldwork Integration (First seven weeks)
SSW295 Fieldwork Placement


Ontario Secondary School Diploma and Grade 12 English (ENG4C/ENG4U), equivalent, or mature student test.

Are you missing program prerequisites?

Are you missing prerequisites for a program? We can help! SGEI offers common prerequisite courses during the summer, or we can arrange for you to complete a test to enter the program. All you have to do is apply, and we will be in touch with you.


  • Tuition (Year 1): $3614.24
  • Tuition (Year 2): $3554.24


Funding opportunities

If you need assistance funding your education, visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about bursaries, grants, OSAP and more.

Meet your coordinator(s)

Our dedicated program coordinators are here to help you succeed, both in and out of the classroom.

Rhonda Miller

Kenora campus
(807) 468-3096

Have questions? Connect with a coordinator!

Have questions about this program? Contact a coordinator directly or submit your question(s) below and a program coordinator will reach out to you.

Career options

Social Service Worker program graduates can expect to find work as a social worker or program worker in a variety of social services fields.

Where you might work

  • Residential facilities
  • Social Service departments
  • Addictions and mental health services
  • Schools and youth services
  • Community health and resource centres
  • Transition houses and shelters


I enjoy the small, more intimate class sizes. I personally think it allows for a better learning experience and a more thorough delivery of the content we are learning. With a smaller class size, we are able to have frequent discussions and a space to feel comfortable asking questions.
Tianna Masotti
SGEI Student

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