Alberta College of Social Workers


Council is the governing body of the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). Council has responsibilities that are defined in the Health Professions Act (HPA) and specified in the Regulations and By-laws (Sept. 2014) of the ACSW.

Council is currently comprised of 15 members (10 elected, 4 public members and 1 Chair of Indigenous Social Work Committee).  The Executive Director & Registrar is an ex-officio member of Council.

Council meets approximately 6 - 8 times per year.


ACSW Council governs the work of the College in accordance with the Health Professions Act (HPA) regulations and bylaws. (HPA) regulations and bylaws.

The ACSW Council invites all Members to review and comment on the DRAFT 2018 - 2020 Strategic Plan.  The DRAFT plan draws upon ongoing feedback and input of members, Council, ACSW committees and staff liaisons. 

Thank you for taking the time to provide your input by completing the short survey provided in the link below.  If you wish, additional comments and suggestions can be directed to the Executive Director:  

The Annual General Meeting of the Alberta College of Social Workers is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 26, 2021.  Further information coming soon!

The AGM provides an opportunity to report on the events of the past year, meet newly elected members of ACSW Council and understand the business of the college.

Time is made  available at the AGM to discuss resolutions. If you wish to submit a resolution please review the format for submitting resolutions below:

All resolutions must be submitted to the ACSW office by Monday, February 8 2021. 

Please click on Meeting Minutes below to view the Annual General Meeting Minutes

For instructions and timelines for submitting resolutions for the 2021 Annual General Meeting please open the document below:

Process for Resolutions for AGM

Current Resolutions:

There were no resolutions submitted for the 2020 AGM

Previous Resolutions:


No Resolutions were received for the 2018 AGM (held on April 5, 2019)


No Resolutions were received for the 2017 AGM.


The Resolution for Access to Medically Assisted Injection Services was heard at the ACSW 2016 Annual General Meeting on March 23, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta and supported by the membership.

Access to Medical Assisted Injection Services


A Resolution pertaining to Assured Annual Income was heard and supported in principle by ACSW Council at their February 2016 meeting.  The Resolution is being posted on line to provide opportunity for member feedback.  Feedback will be reviewed at the meeting of ACSW Council on May 6, 2016.   Recommendation was made to support the resolution with the replacement of "lobbying" with "advocating" as advocacy more closely fits with what the ACSW does and is about the public good.  The motion before Council was as follows:


That the motion "Alberta College of Social Workers actively promote and support the development of an assured annual income that is consistent with the principles of the CASW proposed Social Care Act,  universal in its application and ensuring the means for a modest life style by formally advocating with the Alberta Government;" is supported in principle by Council and that the resolution be posted on line for member feedback.

This motion was carried unanimously at the February 2016 meeting by the ACSW Council.

Please view the Resolution and Background Information by clicking on the links below.  

Assured Annual Income   & Background  

ACSW Council Election 2021 

Run for ACSW Council!

Volunteer to share your knowledge, expertise and help promote regulatory excellence in the profession of Social Work in Alberta!

Available positions (one year terms) that are available for 2021 elections are:

  • President
  • Vice President

Election Procedure and Important Dates

  • Call for Nominations - Open November 28, 2020 - January 25, 2021
  • Submit a completed Nomination forms and the reguired information to ACSW by 4:30 p.m. on January 25, 2021 
  • Candidates will be announced and posted on the ACSW website on February 8, 2021
  • Questions for Candidates will run from February 8, 2021 to end of business day on February 15, 2021 (one question limit per member)
  • Voting conducted online February 8, 2021 to March 11, 2021. (Paper ballots are available by request from ). Watch your primary email for your electronic ballot!

Elected candidates will be determined by a majority of votes cast. Single candidates for 2021 positions will be declared elected by acclamation.

Election results will be officially declared at the ACSW Annual General Meeting in Edmonton, Alberta on March 26, 2021.

Nomination Form available by clicking here!

2021 Election Nominees and Questions for Candidates (opens February 8, 2021)
To view this page you must be a member in good standing.  If you have any difficulties with viewing after February 8, 2021 please contact

The Alberta College of Social Workers is authorized by the Health Professions Act (HPA) to conduct the activities of a professional regulatory body which involves:

  • carrying out activities and governing regulated members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest,
  • providing direction to and regulating the practice of social work,
  • establishing, maintaining and enforcing a code of ethics and standards for registration, continuing competence and standards of practice.

The ACSW also serves as the professional association that promotes best practices in social work, supports membership activities that strengthen the profession and advocates for public policies that support competent social work practice.

The Council of ACSW is comprised of elected and appointed members who are responsible for governing the legislated mandates of the ACSW in accordance with the Health Professions Act (HPA). The membership elects seven (7) registered social workers to serve on Council. Eight (8) public members, who are not social workers, are appointed to serve on Council by the Alberta government. The Chair of the Indigenous Social Work Committee is appointed as a member of Council.

Serving on ACSW Council is a voluntary commitment. Registered social workers seeking election for a position on Council should be willing to:

  • become well informed about the role of the ACSW and its legislative obligations,
  • commit to serve in the best interests of the Alberta public,
  • discuss diverse perspectives on a variety of complex topics related to the regulation of social work profession,
  • commit time and energy to the governance duties of the ACSW,
  • face challenges and opportunities related to implementing the legislative requirements of the Health Professions Act ,
  • deal professionally with conflict of interest situations and confidential matters.

Council members meet 6 - 8 times per year which includes the Annual General Meeting. Council members are expected to participate in legislative committees and Council subcommittees. Council members serve without remuneration.  Expenses associated with participating in  council meetings and activities are reimbursed.