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3 Semesters (1 Year)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma

Admission Requirements

  • A recognized Bachelor of Art degree in Social Sciences from an accredited institution. Under special circumstances, graduates from other related program areas may be considered. 
  • Academic equivalents for four social service or general education related credits and College English.
  • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.


Prior to your Field Placement you must have: 

  • A current police vulnerable sector screening.
  • Applicants living in the city of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks to receive a police check.

Upon graduation, to practice in Ontario as a "Social Service Worker" or a "Registered Social Service Worker", you must apply for registration in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Graduates of the SSIA program will meet the education requirement for registration. For more information, please visit