Due to their common objectives, mutual dedication to the advancement of the social work profession, and acceptance of similar social work ethics and values, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to a collaborative relationship. By signing the MOU, the two organizations have committed to working jointly to advance social work both in North America and internationally, exchanging resources, collaborating to form joint statements on issues affecting the profession and the people served by it, and providing consultation, support, and feedback to one another. In addition, the two organizations will rotate the International Federation of Social Workers (ISFW) North American President and ISFW Member at Large positions every two years.
The Canadian Association of Social Workers was founded in 1926 with the goals of establishing uniform practice standards for Canadian social workers and addressing the conditions in which they worked. CASW is a national federation with eight provincial and territorial partner organizations and individual members in provinces outside of the federation. CASW is a dedicated member of the IFSW and has been proactive in forming social work policies worldwide. CASW holds similar principles to NASW, including the promotion of social justice, the recognition of human diversity, and emphasis on strengthening the profession. CASW has long been an ally to NASW, and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding signifies continued partnership between the two organizations.