Community Worker Program (C101)

Community Worker
School of Social and Community Services
St. James Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
Ontario College Diploma
The Community Worker program teaches you how to do community and development work and help others at a group and systems level. This program includes the potential for an international summer placement in either Cuba or Jamaica.

Full Program Descriptions



The Community Worker program is one of the few programs of its kind in North America. It is approved by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as an equivalent to the Social Service Work program offered in Ontario at a College of Applied Arts and Technology. As such, graduates of this program are eligible to apply for a certificate of registration from the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Once registered, graduates may add the initials "RSSW" (for registered Social Service Worker) behind their name in correspondence.

This program prepares students to work with individuals, groups and communities towards progressive social change.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about, understand and analyze the systemic ways in which current issues, needs and injustices have developed and continue to be experienced by Canada’s many marginalized communities. Information will be presented from a variety of perspectives including:

  • historical
  • social
  • political
  • economic

This program has been structured to integrate theory with hands-on practice to strengthen the learning experience.

The curriculum is:

  • cross-cultural
  • anti-oppressive
  • critically engaging

Faculty members are passionate about the program and its subject matter, and bring their diverse education and experience, both local and international, to the classroom to create a dynamic learning environment.

Read Community Worker program full description.

students work at a foodshare

Your Field Study Options 

Students have the opportunity to develop practical skills and gain valuable work experience by completing 600 hours of supervised placements.

Based on adult learning principles, Community Worker program students select their own field placements where they can best pursue their professional interests. Some examples of communities students may choose to work with include:

  • immigrant and refugee communities
  • women's groups
  • people facing multiple challenges

The placement is spread over semesters 2, 3 and 4.*

First-year students have the option to apply for an international placement in either Cuba or Jamaica.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
CWRK1006 Community Work Forum
GSSC1064 Introduction to Sociology
CWRK1005 Human Rights
CWRK1008 Interpersonal Communication
CWRK1001 Introduction to Community Work
COMM1007 College English


semester courses
Code Course Name
CWRK2014 Community and Campaign Organizing
GSSC1089 Political Science
CWRK1009 Group Dynamics
CWRK1011 Fieldwork Seminar II
CWRK1010 Fieldwork II
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
COUN2003 Counselling
CWRK1003 Civil Society Organizations: Agents of Change and Transformation
CWRK2019 Canadian Social Policy
CWRK2003 Counselling
CWRK2009 Fieldwork Seminar III
CWRK2002 Fieldwork III
OPTION Program Option


semester courses
Code Course Name
CWRK2012 Proposal Development and Funding
CWRK2032 Global Politics
CWRK2016 Group Leadership
CWRK2018 Fieldwork Seminar IV
CWRK2017 Fieldwork IV
OPTION Program Option
GNED General Education Elective

Program options may change according to student interest and community trends. Examples include: Anti-Racism Strategies, International Development, Community Legal Issues, Housing and Homelessness, Program Evaluation, Restorative Justice, Food Justice, Immigration Refugee Settlement, Urban Aboriginal Issues, Urban Youth Strategies.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates are eligible to register as members of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and thus be designated as Registered Social Service Workers (RSSWs).

Graduates are employed in a wide range of community organizations, including but not limited to:

  • community service agencies
  • social innovation hubs
  • immigrant and refugee centres
  • shelters
  • drop-ins
  • social justice organizations, both locally and internationally

Potential employment positions include:

  • Community Worker
  • Community Engagement Worker
  • Program Planner and Facilitator
  • Counsellor
  • Advocate
  • Organizer
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Legal Worker

Future Study Options 

Students who successfully complete this program may qualify for advanced standing in Community Economic and Social Development at Algoma University, as well as programs in Social Work at Algoma and York Universities.

For further information, see

Is this program right for you?
Not sure what to expect in this program? Check out this at-a-glance brochure PDF icon designed to help you chart your path through the program and into your future career.

Tuition and Fees


$3,660.00 *

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

How Do I Apply to the Program  

Note: Some of our student placement partners require students in this program to have a police reference check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” Students without a clear police reference check may find that their choice of placements is limited.

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Success Stories  

“It really helped build my self-esteem and confidence.  It gave me a sense of worthiness that I hadn't experienced before in my life.” 

Susan Gapka

Graduate 2000, Community Worker

"If you are interested in working with communities to make society better, then this program is for you. Experienced professors will give you the tools and support you need to effectively advocate for change. Going to the Community Worker Program played a major role in getting my first full-time position in the field straight out of school."

Michael Waglay (2014 graduate, Community Worker)

"I knew that I wanted to help people in a career where I could get personal satisfaction and that is exactly what I got. After graduating from the Community Worker program at George Brown College, I can honestly say that I wake up every morning with a smile on my face knowing that I get to make my living doing what I enjoy."

Joselen Anesetti (2013 graduate, Community Worker)

"This program offers an excellent balance between practical skill building, and the development of theoretical analysis. While you will become accredited to work in the social service work field, you will also develop a more critical understanding of society. I feel more able to articulate the injustices that I see in the world around me, and more prepared to participate in strategies toward social change."

Emily Green (2013 graduate, Community Worker)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Social & Community Services

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2185


Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

William Fallis, Community Worker Program Coordinator

Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 2188


For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.