Seneca Polytechnic

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Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees

Seneca Polytechnic

Field of Study:Social Work
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,586
International: $16,675
Careers:Social WorkersCommunity and Social Service WorkersSocial and Community Service Workers


The Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees program prepares you to succeed as a social service provider working with immigrants and refugees. As a graduate, you will possess knowledge and skills on the migration trends and policies in both international and national levels. This will prepare you to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities by offering case management, information and referral provisioning, community capacity building, advocacy, fundraising and proposal writing, program planning, development and evaluation.

Earn your Ontario College Diploma in Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees and you’ll be prepared for careers such as a settlement counsellor or a settlement worker in schools, shelters and reception centers. You'll also be prepared to work in mainstream service agencies as social service workers as well as in ethno–specific agencies; mental health and addiction; criminal justice system or health sectors. As a social service worker your roles may include front–line practice, community work, and advocacy for social change. Graduates of the SSWI program are eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.0]
Additional Admission Requirements:
    A current Police vulnerable sector screening is required for entry into the field practice component of this program. Furthermore, in the event of oversubscription, applicants will be required to submit a resume and write a brief essay describing why they want to enrol in the program.

    Although not required for admission, proficiency in a language in additional to English is considered an asset.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on April 21, 2023