Employment and Income Issues Network

OMSSA offers structured networking opportunities throughout the year for staff through its Employment and Income Issues Network, which meets regularly. 

Social Assistance Discussion On-line Forum

OMSSA’s on-line Social Assistance Discussion Forums facilitates the exchange of information and ideas between the association’s members who work in the delivery of social assistance. 

Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario

In 2011 the Government of Ontario launched the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, tasked with carrying out a comprehensive review, and providing the government with specific recommendations and a concrete action plan for reforming the social assistance system. OMSSA has been active with responding to the commission's papers.

In June 2011 the commission released a discussion paper. OMSSA submitted its response to the paper along with an accompanying letter. We also built a Web page that collected many OMSSA member responses at the time, as well as as well as conducted an analysis of them.

In February 2012 the commission released an options paper. OMSSA submitted its response clearly outlining OMSSA's position that CMSMs and DSSABs assume the service system management role for employment services.

In early 2013 the commission released its final report.  Read OMSSA’s responses to date:

Integrated employment services and workforce development at the local level

On May 8, 2012 OMSSA held a one day forum that brought together OMSSA members, community partners, and members of government to discussion integrated employment services and workforce develop at the local level.

Presentations by members that were shared are available here.

Poverty Reduction Strategies

In conjunction with the provincial government's initiative to develop an Ontario poverty reduction strategy - A Poverty Reduction Strategy for Ontario - OMSSA has compiled information to showcase Poverty Reduction Strategies Across Ontario undertaken by Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs) and District Social Service Administration Boards (DSSABs) across Ontario. 

Other OMSSA and related position papers and documents