June 13, 2013

Hello to everyone.  As our Learning Symposium is taking place next week, please note that there will not be an edition of the E.D. Letter until the week of June 24th.  We will continue to monitor provincial affairs and share any relevant time-sensitive information with members over next week as needed.

June 13, 2013 

Hello to everyone.  As our Learning Symposium is taking place next week, please note that there will not be an edition of the E.D. Letter until the week of June 24th.  We will continue to monitor provincial affairs and share any relevant time-sensitive information with members over next week as needed. 

But, we won’t be out of touch!  Those of you not joining the Symposium live can participate through social media. Visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/theOMSSA and “Like” us to  receive updates, and follow us on Twitter @theOMSSA

During the symposium, we’ll be using the @theOMSSA Twitter account to provide updates, spark discussion and extend the impact of the conference beyond the conference venue.  Delegates will be using Twitter to share their ‘a-ha’ moments, engage in conference wide discussion, and share resources and best practices with OMSSA’s wider online community. 

Follow along or join in by using the #OMSSALS hashtag, and don’t forget to follow OMSSA on

Twitter @theOMSSA for live updates and information.  

Not on Twitter yet? Visit the Twitter HelpCentre for tools and resources to help you get started. 

The day after the Symposium, June 20th, OMSSA is also hosting along with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, our last forum, Engaging Effectively With Your Community, in a series of events across Ontario that launch our new guides to Accessible Public Engagement.  If you are still in Ottawa, would like to go, but haven’t registered yet, there is still time.  I will be there and look forward to seeing those of you that are too.


All my best, Kira 



A few brief Highlights from Ontario this week include: 

 Ontario MPPs Assigned New Roles 

The Office of the Premier announced Six Ontario MPPs took on new roles today to help Premier Kathleen Wynne and her team.  The Premier made the following changes to the Parliamentary Assistant portfolios: 

  • Dipika Damerla becomes Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Minister Responsible for Pan/Parapan American Games;
  • Donna Cansfield becomes Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Research and Innovation;
  • Bas Balkissoon becomes Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education;
  • Mike Colle becomes Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation and the Minister of Infrastructure; 

Kevin Flynn becomes the Chief Government Whip, in addition to his current role as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation and the Minister of Infrastructure. 

Laura Albanese becomes Deputy Government Whip in addition to her role as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.

 Ontario Government Ensuring More Comprehensive Inspections for Long-Term Care Residents 

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced that Ontario is increasing the number of comprehensive inspections of long-term care.  The province is hiring more inspectors to perform more unannounced comprehensive Resident Quality Inspections in long-term care homes.   OMSSA will be looking into the details of this announcement and share any relevant updates regarding impacts on service system management.

Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities 

The Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities is looking for new members. Council members advise the Premier and also engage youth in their communities on a range of issues. Members include youth (ages 16-25), young professionals, front-line workers and other leaders from the youth-serving sector. 

The application deadline is July 31, 2013. To apply, visit: http://ysnwebelong.ca/index.php/2013/05/31/premiers-council-on-youth-opportunities-looking-for-youth-members/

Ontario Ensuring Abused Women have Access to Services in French 

The Women's Directorate announced Ontario is committed to helping Francophone women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence access support services in their own language.  The province is supporting Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF) as it expands its training for frontline francophone workers who counsel women who've experienced or are at-risk of domestic or sexual violence. The expanded professional development program includes legal training and increased focus on issues facing immigrant and Aboriginal women, and transgendered persons. 


The Economic Action Plan 2013 Passed in House of Commons 

Earlier in the week, The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced the passage of Bill C-60, the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1, by the House of Commons. 



65th Institute of Public Administration of Canada National Annual Conference  

IPAC is hosting their 65th National Annual Conference:  Reinventing Public Administration,
August 18-21, 2013 in Montreal.  Keynote speakers Include: 

  • Wayne Wouters, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, Government of Canada
  • Kevin Page, Canadian economist, former and first Parliamentary Budget Officer
  • Jean St-Gelais, Secretary General and Clerk of the Executive Council, Government of Quebec 

For Program details, go to www.ipac.ca/2013-Program or to register visit www.ipac.ca/2013-Register.  Early bird ends June 30.

Witness to Poverty Project  

The Witness to Poverty Project is recruiting youth volunteers in Toronto for their Witnesses to Poverty Project, Summer 2013.  The project offers youth an opportunity to learn about and reflect on key poverty issues and to contribute creative artwork to a multi-media display. Under the guidance of Campaign 2000 and Family Service Toronto staff, youth volunteers will be able to apply and develop their artistic and creative skills to create reflections on poverty in Toronto. Participants will also learn what they can do to influence positive social change to address poverty through art and other actions. Find out more details here .  Recruiting ends June 26, 2013.

Community Data Canada Roundtable  - Free Webinar 

2013 Community Data Canada Roundtable: Measuring Financial Vulnerability in Canadian Cities and Communities, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:00am – 3:00pm. 

A group of national organizations are putting their heads together to design a system for measuring financial vulnerability in Canadian cities and communities. The aim is to move beyond the blunt instruments of low-income cut-off (LICO), low income measure (LIM), and market basket measure (MBM) and find reliable ways to measure financial vulnerability at municipal and neighbourhood scales. 

For more information contact Michel Frojmovic, Michel@communitydata.ca or click here to register. 


OMSSA Early Learning and Child Care Capacity Building Project Phase II launched in partnership with Ministry of Education 

OMSSA is pleased to officially announce our continued partnership with the Early Learning and Child Care Implementation Branch, Early Learning Division to support children service system managers across Ontario as we collectively implement the new funding approach for child care.   Our work with EDU is Phase II of OMSSA’s first Early Learning and Child Care Capacity Building Project and will support at OMSSA a new Early Learning and Child Care Resource Centre.  OMSSA members will receive updates on this project, the Resource Centre, and other activities as they progress. 



Join IBM at the OMSSA 2013 Learning Symposium for this informative session:

Transforming service delivery and improving outcomes for children and at-risk youth
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:30am – 11:00am

Ontario is in an important period of transition in thinking about the best way to help our most vulnerable. This includes moving away from siloed and program oriented thinking to a more integrated and holistic approach. For example, to help children, youth and families at-risk to thrive; organizations can holistically assess the child or youth and their family's situation, and move towards an outcomes focused approach that considers all elements of the family’s life.  In this workshop learn how the IBM Cúram Outcome Management Solutions for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice provide a case management system that enables caseworkers to put together a plan that best meets the goals of the children, youth and families in their care. It allows them to collaborate with courts, law enforcement, schools, family and other agencies to provide a holistic outcome plan for families with complex and on-going needs and guide them towards successful and sustainable outcomes.

While attending the symposium, visit IBM in exhibit #113:   Stop by the IBM exhibit to view a demo and learn how IBM solutions transform solution programs to improve outcomes.

For more information on IBM Cúram solutions, visit www.ibm.com



Other Upcoming OMSSA Education Opportunities!         


Developing your


Social Media Strategy

June 25, 2013 – Sudbury

September 19, 2013 - Toronto

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How can social media help staff connect with partners to better integrate their service delivery? Attend this session to learn how social media can be used to engage the community to develop and refine social programs, and how to start developing a strategy to integrate social media into human services departments and organizations.

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Leading and Managing Projects

Toronto - July 2 - 3, 2013

Sault Ste. Marie September 10 – 11, 2013

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Leading and managing projects is both a technical and a people management task. This workshop gives you the tools and techniques to accomplish the technical aspects of project management as well as the softer skills of managing teams – skills that are needed for successful project completion.  This workshop will be useful for anyone who needs the tools to manage single or multiple projects.

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