March 14, 2013

Private Members Bill Introduced to Merge Ontario Works and ODSP

On March 6, 2013, Progressive Conservative (PC) MPP Toby Barrett, opposition party critic for community and social services, introduced Bill 27, The Social Assistance Programs Consolidations Act, 2013, that requires the introduction of legislation for a consolidated program of disability support and employment and other financial assistance. The Bill passed First Reading.

Private Members Bill Introduced to Merge Ontario Works and ODSP 

On March 6, 2013, Progressive Conservative (PC) MPP Toby Barrett, opposition party critic for community and social services, introduced Bill 27, The Social Assistance Programs Consolidations Act, 2013, that requires the introduction of legislation for a consolidated program of disability support and employment and other financial assistance. The Bill passed First Reading. 

Bill 27 requires the Minister of Community and Social Services to introduce a bill that merges the program established by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Act, 1997 and the program established by the Ontario Works (OW) Act, 1997 into one consolidated program that is administered by the same body. 

Consolidation of ODSP and OW has been recommended in both the Drummond Report and in the final recommendations of the Commission on the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario. In the PC white paper, Paths to Prosperity: Welfare to Work, consolidation of ODSP and OW is also examined. 

OMSSA will monitor the progress of this Bill and share updates with members.


 AMO President Speaks on Municipal Challenges for Year Ahead at 2013 ROMA/OGRA Conference 

AMO President Russ Powers spoke to ROMA/OGRA Combined Conference delegates about the significant challenges ahead for Ontario’s municipalities and set out AMO’s agenda and priorities for working together with Ontario’s MPPs and Federal MPs. 

Highlights of President’s remarks are now available on AMO’s website.


 Federal Government Announces Date for Economic Action Plan 2013  

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced that he will present Economic Action Plan 2013 on March 21 in the House of Commons at approximately 4 p.m. EDT.


HSC Releases New Research on Housing Regeneration 

This CPNet/Housing Services Corporation Housing Internship & Scholar Program paper, Practitioner Perspectives on Social Housing Regeneration in Ontario focuses on regeneration issues from an Ontario perspective and offers Canadian social housing practitioners and policy-makers research findings relevant to their operating context. Using research from interviews with 11 Ontario housing practitioners, it connects their particular challenges with social housing regeneration to wider academic and policy literature from Canada and abroad.


 Report on Social Finance in Supportive Housing to be Released 

Attend a free webinar on the release of the report Blended Financing for Impact: The Opportunity for Social Finance in Supportive Housing on March 21 at 12 p.m. The report identifies and outlines social finance models, identifies principles for an effective social finance strategy for the supportive housing sector, highlights challenges to further adoption of impact investing, and offers recommended actions to increase the supply of supportive housing through the use of social finance strategies. This webinar will feature findings from the project team’s key report. 

For more information, or to sign-up, visit the event website.


 The Woman Question: Why Child Care is Still a Women's Issue 

In honour of International Women's Day last week, Susan Prentice's presentation from the "A-word": Challenging advocacy in the fight for a Canadian childcare system conference, held on March 1st at Ryerson University in Toronto, has been made available. Susan Prentice is a professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba.


 ONPHA Launches a Blog 

The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) is the voice of non-profit housing in Ontario, and they are bringing that voice to the blogosphere.  Their blog, writeON, is a place where they will share opinions and ideas covering topics that affect the sector ‒ from hot news items, to policy and research developments, and upcoming events and educational opportunities.


 Upcoming OMSSA Education Opportunities!

 Developing eLearning Strategies for Workplace Learning

March 27 – 28, 2013 – Toronto

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This 2-day interactive workshop will provide you with the tools and strategies you need to develop an eLearning strategy to incorporate into your workplace learning.

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The Fundamentals of Addiction

April 5, 2013 – Brantford

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How do you recognize the signs of substance use and abuse?

How might you effectively help clients overcome fears about disclosing addiction problems?

What can you do to help someone who is ready for help...and what can you do for those who are not!

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Call for Nominations to the OMSSA Board of Directors – Deadline is March 29, 2012 

Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) invites you to consider serving on the association’s Board of Directors.  The association is seeking strategic thinkers who are committed to guiding the future direction of the association and who are willing to work with OMSSA’s Executive Director and staff to assist in achieving the association’s goals. 

Each year at the association’s Annual General Meeting, members of the OMSSA Board of Directors are elected to a two-year term of office. For the 2013-2015 term, there are four (4) vacancies to be filled on the 10-member board.  Any voting delegate can be nominated to stand for the board. 

2013 is an exciting year to join the Board as the organization continues its journey through human services integration (HSI) and embarks on a new 5 year strategic plan.   

This year’s Annual General Meeting and Board elections are to be held in Ottawa, Ontario on June 17, 2012, during our annual Learning Symposium.  

For more detailed information and please visit the OMSSA Website