Ontario Works Directives

April 11 2018 - November 08 2018

Upcoming Sessions:

2018 Schedule

Ottawa April 11-13 | Windsor June 11-13

Sault Ste. Marie October 15-17

   Goderich November 6-8

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This interactive 3 day course provides the opportunity to understand and apply new Ontario Works Directives to real life case studies. The course will clarify the relevance of Directives related to applications, reapplications and financial assistance eligibility as it pertains to residency requirements, income exemptions and much more.

What you will learn:

An increased understanding of relevant Directives on application and reapplications, financial assistance eligibility as it pertains to residency requirements, and income and exemptions How to assess eligibility in various situations – under 18 recipients, post secondary students, those living with parents, dependent children, sponsored immigrants, and more. 

Tips on conducting employment information sessions and participation activities A better understanding of the ODSP referral process/reinstating and reapplication periods based upon adjudication process A reveiw of Ministry expectations on Home Visits, Emergency Assistance and Emergency Hostels for participants in our community Accessing the possibility of new considerations in participation agreements and employment planning

Who should attend:

Any Ontario Works frontline and management staff; planning committee members for Human Service Integration; staff whose role requires knowledge of the OW directives.

About the facilitator:

David Thomas, Social Assistance Trainer for OMSSA and independent consulting.

David Thomas has been involved in the area of policy, development and training for over 15 years. He works for the Region of Durham as policy and research analyst for the income and employment services division of the social services department.  David worked at OMSSA for a number of years and continues on occasion to develop and facilitate curriculum for OMSSA.  

Prior to David’s policy and training development he worked several years as a Caseworker and Employment Supervisor throughout the 1980’s. 

David has a degree in Adult Education, a diploma in Social Services and is currently working on his Masters of Education through Athabasca University.  

Location Details :

Sault Ste. Marie October 15-17

405-390 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie. ON, Social Services Admin Office - Boardroom 

Goderich November 6-8 (Clinton)

Huron County Social and Property Services

77722D London Rd RR5, Clinton ON

Goderich is the largest town close to the training site and has shopping and restaurants.  Bayfield is also close with limited shopping in fall and good restaurants.  

Here is a website about Huron County and some of its attractions: 


Accommodation Details :

The following hotels are close to each training location.  OMSSA does not have rooms blocked at any of these locations.  It is each person's responsibility to book their own accommodation.

Holiday Inn Express Sault Ste Marie

320 Bay Street , 

Sault Ste Marie, Ontario P6A 1X1


Delta Hotels by Marriott Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront

208 Saint Marys River Drive

Sault Ste Marie, ON  P6A 5V4


Sleep Inn Sault Ste. Marie



Goderich - 15-20 minutes from training venue in Clinton

The Ashwood - https://www.theashwood.com/

Samulels Hotel - https://www.samuelshotel.ca/

Benmiller Inn - http://benmiller.ca/

The Little Inn - http://www.littleinn.com/

Dreamz Inn - http://www.dreamzinn.ca/

Cancellation and Sharing Policies :

Cancellation and Sharing Policy: Requests for refunds will be honoured, less a $50.00 administration fee, provided a written notice of cancellation and request for refund is received more than ten (10) business days prior to the event. When cancellation is received ten business days or less, no monies will be refunded. Persons who register but do not attend and fail to provide notice of cancellation are not eligible for a refund. Substitutions will be accepted up to and including the first day of the event. OMSSA reserves the right to cancel or change the session due to insufficient registrations or inclement and will be responsible for refunding the registration fee only. Registrants are advised not to make any non-refundable travel or accommodation arrangements until confirmation of the session is received in writing by OMSSA.