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Specific requirements may be expected at individual practicum settings. Some examples are described below. Requirements are identified on the PAS practicum profile.  A delay in a student meeting any of the requirements may cause a delay in the start, or result in the cancellation of a practicum.  Costs may be associated with some requirements.  (For example, in Toronto, a police reference/vulnerable sector check will cost $20; mask-fitting can cost $40. There may be charges for immunizations / form to be completed. Students are responsible for their transportation costs to and from practicum interviews and practicum.)

Police Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Students should assume that their practicum will require a current police reference/vulnerable sector check prior to commencing. Costs may be associated with the application process.  The written results are to be provided to the practicum as requested.  A delay in obtaining results or failure to pass the check may jeopardize entry to the practicum.

For residents of Toronto:  The Toronto Police Services’ Police Reference Check Program offers the service.  Please contact for the VSS application form. Students must show photo identification.  The application and fee by certified cheque or money order must be MAILED to the Toronto Police Services.

For residents outside of Toronto:  Each jurisdiction will inform students of its application process.  If needed, the Practicum Office will provide students with written confirmation of their enrollment in the MSW program.

The John Howard Society has developed a self-guided e learning module on seeking employment when one has a criminal record. Please consider reviewing.


All students placed in a Public Hospital (Public Hospitals List) are expected to have their immunizations up-to-date in order to comply with the Public Hospitals Act (1990).  Students are required to have an Immunization Health Record Form completed in its entirety by a healthcare provider (e.g. Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Health Nurse). Failure to comply may jeopardize your practicum.

Effective December 1, 2014, The University of Toronto requires all students completing a practicum in Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network-TAHSN-hospitals to follow “Vaccinate-or-Mask” protocols during the annual flu season. This means that all students who are placed in TAHSN hospitals are required to either be vaccinated against influenza or wear a procedure mask during influenza season in areas where patients are present and patient care is delivered.

If your practicum is being completed within a non-TAHSN healthcare facility, we encourage you to inquire about the organization’s influenza policy during your interview and follow their established practices.

In-person practicums may require that you to provide documentary evidence of your COVID immunization status satisfactory for and consistent with requirements of the practicum site.

Mask Fitting

Some settings require a mask fitting.  Please locate a mask-fitting clinic that is convenient to you for your fitting. Please note you may be charged for these services.

Evening or Weekend Expectations

Some settings expect employees and students to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

International Students

International students: In order to complete a practicum(s) in Canada, please ensure you have the required documents. Information for the Study Permit and the Co-Op Work Permit and Medical examination can be found at The Centre for International Experience (CIE)

Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Changes will likely occur as the province and its municipalities adjust to new data about the virus. In these circumstances, please be advised that the manner of delivery of courses, co-curricular opportunities, programs, and services is subject to change, in accordance with university policies. The University thanks its students, faculty, and staff for their flexibility during these challenging times as we work together to maintain the standards of excellence that are the hallmark of the University.