Policy Updates


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.

Proposed Regulatory Amendments Under the Child Care and Early Years Act: Read OMSSA's Submission

After consultation with members, OMSSA submitted its response to the Ontario Ministry of Education on the Province's proposed regulatory amendments under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. Learn...

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...

Ontario's 2020 Budget: Read OMSSA's Initial Summary

The Province of Ontario tabled a record $182 billion provincial budget on November 5. Read OMSSA's initial summary.

Read OMSSA's Pre-Budget Submission to the Ontario Government

After consultation with members, and drawing on our submission completed earlier this year, OMSSA submitted its priorities to Ontario's Minister of Finance ahead of its November 2020 budget. Read it here...

Province Announces New Funding for Mental Health and Addictions Supports

The Province announced that it will provide an additional $176 million this year to help expand access to mental health and addictions supports during COVID-19. Learn more.

Province Reports on Child Care and Early Years Review and Releases Early Years and Child Care Annual Report

The Province released its Report on the Review of the Child Care and Early Years Act, detailing what it heard during its review, and identifying six action areas to improve the early years and child care...

Province Implements New Public Health Measures, Testing Protocols

The Province announced it would be implementing additional public health and testing protocols, including mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings, additional targeted measures...

Residential Rent Freeze in Force for 2021 Year

Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, 2020, received royal assent in Ontario's legislature. The Act brings into force a freeze of residential rents for the 2021 year. Learn more on the Province's...

Province Shares Details on Social Assistance Recovery and Renewal Plan

The Ontario government released further details on their plan for social assistance reform and modernization. Learn more.

Ontario Releases Preparedness Plan and Updated Modelling for COVID-19 Second Wave

The Province shared its COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan along with updated COVID-19 modelling data. Learn more.

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Freeze Residential Rent in 2021

The Province introduced the Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act in Ontario's legislature. If passed, the act would freeze rent in 2021 for most rent-controlled and non-rent-controlled residential...

More Details on Safe Restart Funding for Ontario

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared more details on next steps for supporting provinces and municipalities through the Safe Restart Agreement, and Ontario's response letter from Premier Doug Ford outlined...

Province Launches Webpage to Report and Track COVID-19 Cases in Schools and Child Care Centres

The Province launched a dedicated webpage to report on and track COVID-19 cases in schools and child care centres. Access it here.

Ontario Announces New Investments in Mental Health and Addictions Services

The Province announced that it would be investing an additional $14.75 million to increase access to mental health and addictions services, by helping community-based mental health and addictions programs...