Policy Updates


Federal Budget Highlights for OMSSA Members

The federal government introduced their first budget since the 2019 election and since the start of the 2019 COVID-19 pandemic titled “A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience”. Measures...

Ontario Budget Highlights for OMSSA Members

Ontario's Minister of Finance released the Province's 2021 Budget, "Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy." Read our summary highlights for Ontario's human services...

Province Launches Strategy to Combat Homelessness

The Province launched a strategy to combat homelessness which includes directing municipal service managers to collect by-name lists, with the aim of helping to match people with supports they need. Read...

New Provincial Funding for Emergency Shelters

The Province announced that it would be providing $255 million in funding to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners respond to an increase in COVID-19 cases in some emergency shelters. Read...

Additional Funding to Support Municipal COVID Costs

The Province announced that it would be providing an additional $500 million to help the province's 444 municipalities address ongoing COVID-19 operating costs. Read more in their news release.

Province Introduces Legislation to Remove Barriers to Broadband Expansion

The Province introduced the Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act in Ontario's legislature, which aims to connect more communities to high-speed internet through measures to reduce costs...

Government of Canada to Pursue Nationally Coordinated Point-in-Time Homelessness Count

The Government of Canada announced the launch of Everyone Counts 2021, a nationally coordinated Point-in-Time Count of homelessness to be conducted in partnership with communities across Canada between...

New Funding to Support Municipal Modernization Efforts

The Province announced it would be providing almost $10 million in funding to help large municipalities find saving and efficiencies through the Audit and Accountability Fund, to support initiatives that...

Province Announces Child Care and Early Years Regulatory Amendments

The Province announced a series of regulatory amendments aimed at increasing accessibility and affordability in child care and early years services that will take effect March 8, 2021. Read more.

Province Shares its Vision for Social Assistance Transformation

The Province shared an outline of its Vision for Social Assistance Transformation after over two years of consultation with OMSSA members and other stakeholders. Learn more.

Read OMSSA's 2021 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

After consultation with members, OMSSA shared its priorities with Ontario's Minister of Finance as the Province works to develop and finalize its 2021 Budget. Read our provincial pre-budget submission...

Read OMSSA's 2021 Federal Pre-Budget Submission

After consultation with members, OMSSA shared its priorities with Canada's Minister of Finance as they work to develop and finalize Canada's 2021 federal budget. Read our federal pre-budget submission...

Ontario Modernizing Application Process for Social Assistance

The Ontario government is launching a new online application and process to apply for social assistance. Learn more.

Updated Policy Briefs

OMSSA's Policy Briefs outline the Service System Management role, value and priorities in key areas of human services. Access the updated briefs that reflect current priorities and realities in 2020 and...