Welcome to the Canadian Support Workers Association


Canswa is the Professional Association  for Personal Support

Workers, Health Care Aids, Personal Care Aids, Personal

Care Assistants, Home Support Workers and any other frontline

Health Care worker within Canada.


  Individuals who work front line in Long Term Care,

Community Care, Home Care, Retirement Homes,

Assisted Living Facilities, Group Homes and all other

places of employment with such job related duties.


Care of residents in long term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic: Interim Guidance - Public Health Canada


English Version                French Version 

CANSWA called to speak to Senate of Canada

National President Miranda Ferrier was called to speak to the Senate of Canada Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology on May 27th, 2020 to speak to the Federal Governments response to COVID 19. 

This was hosted by the Senate of Canada over Zoom. 

Canswa President Speaks at Parliament Hill

Canadian Support Workers Association President Miranda Ferrier was called to Parliament Hill to speak to the House of Commons Committee on Healthcare in March 2019.

Click here to view her speech 

Announcing new Canswa Chapters: Saskatchewan & Newfoundland - Labrador

The Canadian Support Workers Association PROUD to announce two new Chapters! Canswa now represents Chapters in Ontario, Newfoundland and Saskatchewan!

For more information on our Chapters: Click here

Are you interested in starting a chapter in your Province? Contact us today at admin@canswa.ca 

Canswa is now a Trauma Sensitive Association

What is Trauma? - Trauma is a term to describe single or multiple distressing events that may have long lasting and harmful effects on a person’s physical and/or emotional well-being. There is a direct correlation between trauma and physical health conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.


Examples of traumatic events experienced include:

  • Physical/Emotional abuse

  • Natural and human caused disasters (hurricanes, floods, fires, etc.)

  • War (combat experience) or civil unrest

  • Violence (witnessing or being the victim of domestic assault)

  • Sexual abuse or rape

  • Childhood neglect or abandonment

Trauma can be experienced by anyone including individuals we serve, colleagues, and family members, and is a near universal experience for individuals using human services. Addressing trauma through OPSWA’s training program is expected to improve the quality and impact of our services, increase safety for all, enhance engagement with the individuals we serve, and reduce employee burnout and turnover.

For more information, please email admin@canswa.ca for more information


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