Alberta College of Social Workers

Social Policy Partners

The Alberta College of Social Workers has established collaborative relationships with a variety of organizations in an effort to keep abreast of issues and activities that affect the social work profession. This network serves to inform the ACSW of policies, programs, services and initiatives of interest to social workers. The ACSW supports the following organizations through paid memberships, through official representation or through participation in activities/events. Detailed information about each organization is available by accessing the specified website.

Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (AAMIMH)

The Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (AAMIMH) is a coalition of consumers, family members, advocates and professionals whose mandate is to unify and strengthen the voice of mental health and mental illness in the community. They strive to ensure that these issues are prominent on social policy and health agendas, for a system that reflects best practices and is responsive to the needs of all Albertans affected by mental illness.


The Arusha Centre is a collectively run, member-supported organisation that provides resources and programming on local and global social justice issues.

Canada Without Poverty (CWP)

Canada Without Poverty (CWP) is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada. In 2008 they adopted a new mission, vision and values statements. Acting from the belief that poverty is a violation of human rights and that poverty elimination is a human rights obligation, their work includes raising awareness about poverty, participating in research to generate new knowledge about poverty, and striving to influence public policy to prevent and alleviate poverty.

Canada Council on Social Development (CCSD)

The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, which was founded in 1920. Their mission is to develop and promote progressive social policies inspired by social justice, equality and the empowerment of individuals and communities.

Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC)

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization that provides leadership to the community and its organizations in addressing social issues and effecting changes to social policy.

Friends of Medicare (FOM)

The Friends of Medicare (FOM) is a coalition of individuals, service organizations, social justice groups, unions, associations, and churches representing various sectors of our communities seeking to raise public awareness on concerns relating to medical care in Alberta.

The Greater Edmonton Alliance (GEA)

The Greater Edmonton Alliance (GEA) is a broad‐based citizens organization which works to connect, train, and organize the communities of Greater Edmonton across religious, labour, ethnic, class and neighbourhood lines to take action for the common good. Our primary goal is to develop local leadership and organized power to work for social justice. We strive to hold both public and private power holders accountable for their public responsibilities, as well as to initiate actions and programs of our own to solve community, economic and ecological problems. We are multi‐issue. The issues we work on come from within our institutions, from the concerns of the people.

Parkland Institute

The Parkland Institute is an Alberta research network situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. It operates within the established and distinctive tradition of Canadian political economy and is non-partisan

Public Interest Alberta (PIA)

Public Interest Alberta (PIA) is a new provincial advocacy organization for public interest issues. It was founded in June 2004 to serve as a vehicle through which to foster in Albertans an understanding of and commitment to the importance of public services, institutions and spaces.