March 21, 2013

Dear OMSSA members and friends, 

Please see below in our “News from Ottawa” section links to various ways you can follow today’s Federal Budget release, starting at 4 p.m.

Dear OMSSA members and friends, 

Please see below in our “News from Ottawa” section links to various ways you can follow today’s Federal Budget release, starting at 4 p.m. 

Petra and I will be reviewing the outcomes of this budget with the Board at our meeting tomorrow, and preparing OMSSA’s analysis to send to members on Monday, the 25th.  In news releases last week the idea of uploading provincial employment funding to support new federal skills training programs was floated.  We will be watching for that, and sharing our analysis on any implications for Ontario and CMSMs and DSSABs with you.  OMSSA is also submitting its Ontario pre-budget paper tomorrow and will share that with members on Monday as well. 

My best to you until then, Kira 

Ontario Government Supports Launch of New Wandering Prevention Program  

The Seniors' Secretariat announcedyesterday that the Ontario government is supporting seniors and people with dementia by ensuring their families, caregivers and communities are prepared to act in case they go missing.  

With support from the province, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario is launching the new Finding Your Way Wandering Prevention Program. The first of its kind in Canada, the program will raise awareness of risks for people with dementia and enhance the community response in case they go missing.   The province is also providing support for the Ontario Police College to develop and deliver police training that incorporates wandering prevention into the police curriculum.  

The wandering prevention program is a part of Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors.

 Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities  

The new Ontario government announcedtoday that it has created the first-ever Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities.  The advisory council will engage with youth, young professionals and community partners to ensure that young people across the province have the tools they need to help them succeed.   Twenty-five young people from a variety of cultures, communities and backgrounds will be part of the council. They will give advice on how to improve the delivery and design of government programs and services for youth, report on specific challenges and share ideas on how to best support youth.   

The council builds on Ontario's Youth Action Plan and commitments made in the Speech from the Throne.

 Economic Action Plan 2013  

As noted last week, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, will present Economic Action Plan 2013 today, March 21st, in the House of Commons at approximately 4 p.m. EDT.   In preparation, the Department of Finance has outlinedhow Canadians can better access and search for information.   

Canadians will be able to access the full Economic Action Plan 2013 online as soon as the Minister begins his speech today in the House of Commons.  New this year, Canadians with access to the Internet will also be able to take in SpeechPLUS on their computer, tablet or smartphone. Broadcast live from the floor of the House of Commons on 

 AMO 2013 Urban Symposium 

The AMO 2013 Urban Symposiumis an interactive, dynamic and thought provoking 1.5 day session that brings leading edge speakers and learnings from other jurisdictions, broader perspectives and ideas to draw from. The 2013 Urban Symposium will take place in Mississauga on April 18th and 19th 2013, and looks at trends and opportunities that are shaping the new urban landscape, particularly downtowns in our urban centres. It will also explore trends in urban service delivery, citizen engagement and infrastructure.  

Explore the theme of "Big City. Small City." and get a handle on the future in 2013!

Registration is now open.

 More Harm Than Good: Austerity's Impact in Ontario 

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a new report, More Harm Than Good: Austerity's Impact in Ontariothat suggests that Ontario hasn't returned to pre-recession economic health, and finds that austerity measures are compounding the problem by effectively slowing economic growth. The report authors, Trish Hennessy and CAW economist Jim Stanford posit that the province's deficit predictions were overstated and note that the employment rate hasn't returned to the pre-recession rates. They maintain that creating jobs, not austerity measures, should be Ontario's top priority. 

The report was further discussed in this article from the Toronto Star.

Study on Financing Housing in Times of Austerity

This international collection of papers examines ways of financing housing in the face of government cuts to capital grants and welfare supports and difficult financial markets.  Produced by the Centre for Housing Research at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, New Times, New Business: Housing Provision in Times of Austeritywas developed in partnership with Housing Services Corporation and Ottawa Community Housing, as well as housing organizations in Europe, the UK and Australia. 

 The Clemmer Group Presents:  The Extraordinary Leader and The Extraordinary Coach Workshops 

Two leadership development workshops are coming to Toronto, May 15 – 16, 2013.  OMSSA members are being offered a discount on the registration fees.

 Whether you want to increase employee engagement or boost profitability, great leadership in an organization matters.  Zenger Folkman research shows that leaders are the primary factor behind employee commitment and productivity. Further, these factors impact a company's bottom-line, meaning leadership, good or bad, can drastically affect the success of an organization.  Ensure that your leaders are extraordinary -- and drive extraordinary results.  

Workshop fees: $795.00 (one-day) or $1,195.00 (two-day) plus applicable taxes 

To receive your OMSSA Member discount, use discount code: OMS1 for 1 day (for a discount $150 on the above one-day fee) or OMS2 for 2 days (for a discount $200 on the above two-day fee). 

Click here to read more and to register.

 Upcoming OMSSA Education Opportunities! 

Changes to the Ontario Non-Profit Corporations Act:  What it means for your community partners 

April 16, 2013 - Webinar

Click here to register

 The Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA), which will replace the Ontario Corporations Act (OCA) this July, will provide a modern legal framework to address the needs of today's not-for-profit corporations in Ontario.   What do these changes mean for your community partner organizations? What strategies will they need to ensure compliance with this legislation? If you work with community organizations that provide day care centres, employment counseling services, shelters, or non-profit housing, you should attend this webinar to understand the Act so you can provide your partners the guidance they need to comply. Consider bringing your community partners with you so they can hear the information directly.

Additional information 

ResultsBased Performance Measurements 

April 25 - 26, 2013 - Barrie

May 8 – 9, 2013 - London

November 21 – 22, 2013 – Toronto

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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.

Additional Information

 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