May 2, 2013

Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, will deliver the Provincial Budget today, Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.  OMSSA will be in the budget lock-up ahead of time, as well as in the Legislature to hear the Budget Speech read.  This is the first time that OMSSA has been invited into hear the Speech, and I will share a report with members as part of our summary and analysis in the next few days.

May 2, 2013

 

2013-2014 Ontario Budget

Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, will deliver the Provincial Budget today, Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.  OMSSA will be in the budget lock-up ahead of time, as well as in the Legislature to hear the Budget Speech read.  This is the first time that OMSSA has been invited into hear the Speech, and I will share a report with members as part of our summary and analysis in the next few days.

You can watch the Budget live online today, or follow @ONgov on Twitter and join the conversation in the #BudgetTalks.

Many expected budget items have already been announced or speculated on.  You can read about three in the next three items below.  Commentary from media sources can also be found at:  The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star.

 


Ontario Government Responds to Infrastructure Needs for Small, Rural and Northern Municipalities

The Ontario government announced its plans to create a fund of $100 million for 2013 - 2014, to assist small, rural and northern municipal governments build roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure.  The new fund will be available by October 1, 2013.  The government stated this will be the first step of a comprehensive transportation plan for rural and northern Ontario.  The Province will consult on the components of a permanent program for small, rural and northern municipalities.

Further details are expected in the May 2nd Provincial Budget


Jobs and Opportunity for Youth

As announced by the Office of the Premier, the Ontario government launched its comprehensive Youth Jobs Strategy, which would help more young people find jobs and make sure employers can hire the skilled workers they need to thrive in today's economy. The strategy would focus on jobs, entrepreneurship and innovation for youth in Ontario through:

  • Ontario Youth Employment Fund - would create new job opportunities for youth across Ontario.
  • Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Fund - supports the next generation of entrepreneurs through mentorship, startup capital and outreach.
  • Ontario Youth Innovation Fund - supports youth to lead and manage industrial research, development and commercialization. It would also support young entrepreneurs at universities and colleges.
  • Business-Labour Connectivity and Training Fund to bring together business, labour, educators and youth to better prepare young people to develop the skills they need to succeed.

The entire strategy would be supported by a total investment of $295 million over two years, and would create 30,000 new job opportunities.


Reducing Auto Insurance Premiums for Ontario Drivers

The Ministry of Finance announced that the Ontario government is proposing a strategy that would reduce auto insurance premiums by 15 per cent on average.  When fully implemented, the strategy would benefit over nine million drivers and would decrease overall premiums in Ontario by $1.5 billion a year, and reduce the average annual premium per insured vehicle by $225.

 

Federal Government Focused on Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity with Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, introduced the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1. The Act proposes to legislate key elements of Economic Action Plan 2013, including indexing the Gas Tax Fund to offer stable, predictable funding for municipal infrastructure.

 

ONPHA Invites you to Show-up and Support Affordable Housing!

Housing Opens Doors is a multi-year campaign to make affordable housing a priority for Ontario. Led by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA), the campaign has many supporters, including housing providers and tenants, organizations serving the public good, and corporate sponsors.

Help make affordable housing a priority in your community. Join one of four events taking place across Ontario. Hear speakers and tenants passionate about the issue; interact with a travelling door installation that brings the story of affordable housing to life.   Events start at 9 AM - Speakers at 12 PM

  • Toronto – May 7th, Yonge and Dundas Square
  • Ottawa – May 25th, George St. & Sussex Dr., Byward Market
  • Windsor – June 1st, Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market / Charles Clark Square
  • North Bay – June 6th, Northgate Shopping Centre

Ensuring the Welfare of 'Welfare Incomes'

This paper is the text of a speech on the “Role of Evidence in Policy-Making” delivered by Sherri Torjman at the 2013 Queen’s Policy Forum held in Kingston on April 26, 2013. The paper discusses the importance of the Welfare Incomes reports and why the Caledon Institute decided to step in to save this work when Ottawa announced the dismantling of the National Council of Welfare.

 


Without Change in Public Policy, Canada's Gender Gap will Persist

A new study, by CCPA research associate Kate McInturff, finds that Canada's progress in closing the gap between women and men in the areas of political and economic empowerment has slowed nearly to a standstill.  Read more about Canada's gender gap—and how we can close it—in the full report: Closing Canada’s Gender Gap: Year 2240 Here We Come!

 

Upcoming OMSSA Education Opportunities!

 

Results Based Performance Measurements

May 8 – 9, 2013 in London

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This two day workshop will provide strategies and tips to apply performance measurement processes to human services. Understand the need for measuring performance; learn how to set performance indicators, how to engage stakeholders in the process, and how to use performance measurement in decision-making.

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Time Management Strategies: Webinar

May 15, 2013 (10 am – 11:30am)

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Attend this webinar to gain the essential tips and strategies you need to manage your time more effectively. You will learn how to recognize your time style, identify time wasters and develop strategies to help you generate more time.

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Effective Risk Based Decision Making: Managing Risk in Working with Community Human Services

May 16 - 17, 2013 - Barrie

June 5 - 6, 2013 - North Bay

September 26 – 27 - Toronto

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Understand how risk management principles apply to human services, and how to apply risk management concepts to improve and support your decision making process. Attend this workshop to learn how to incorporate risk mitigation strategies into your organizational systems, strategies, and decision making practices.

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Ontario Works Directives

London – May 27 – 29, 2013

Toronto - September 17 - 19, 2013

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This interactive 3 day course will provide you the opportunity to research and apply the new Directives to real life case studies. Refresh your knowledge of the Directives in preparation for the roll out of your SAMS later in 2013!

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