OMSSA Speakers Series

OMSSA is pleased to announce the return of our Speakers Series webinars for 2024. Building on our successful webinars in 2023, OMSSA will bring in guest speakers to discuss topics and issues you want to hear more about in the human services sectors. These webinars will be hosted by the Association. 

Our next webinar is coming up on July 17th, and more information can be found below. We will host webinars that cover the three sectors within human services: Children's Services, Employment and Income, and Housing and Homelessness. More information on our remaining webinars will be shared later in the year. 

There is no cost to attend this webinar, but registration is required. Please click on the registration link associated with each webinar to complete the process. Please note: Speakers and sessions are subject to change. Members who have questions can contact OMSSA at

A Look Ahead at Maytree's Annual Welfare in Canada Report

July 17, 2024

1:00PM to 2:00PM EST

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The annual Welfare in Canada report enumerates and examines the total welfare incomes of example households receiving social assistance in a given year and details some key features of social assistance programs, in all 13 provincial and territorial jurisdictions in Canada. As the only publicly available resource that compiles and analyses this data, Welfare in Canada is the primary source for evaluating Canada’s progress on fulfilling the human right to an adequate standard of living for households receiving social assistance.

Welfare in Canada was established by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy in 2012 to maintain and build on longitudinal data previously published by the National Council of Welfare in its Welfare Incomes reports. In 2018, Maytree assumed responsibility for updating the series and has added additional data and analysis over time.

Please note: the Welfare in Canada report is expected to be released at the end of July. This webinar offers a preview of the upcoming report.

Image courtesy of Maytree.

Moderator: Stu Beumer, Director of Ontario Works, City of Hamilton

Jennefer Laidley
Maytree Fellow

Mohy Tabbara
Senior Policy Advisor

A Review of Homelessness Encampments Across Canada

February 29, 2024

1:00PM to 2:00PM

Canada’s Federal Housing Advocate is a unique human rights accountability mechanism established to advance the right to adequate housing in Canada and monitor the National Housing Strategy. Located within the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Advocate works to amplify the voices of people experiencing inadequate housing and homelessness and hold governments to account on their human rights obligations. In this session, we will introduce the right to housing and the Advocate’s mandate. The Session will include a brief overview of the Advocate’s mandate and discuss the Advocate’s final report and recommendations resulting from her national review of encampments, which has been be released on February 13, 2024.

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Moderator: Kelly Goz, Manager (A), Homelessness Special Projects, Housing Hub, City of Windsor

Jessica Losier
Data Research Analyst, Office of the Federal Housing Advocate

Ruby Bissett
Data Research Analyst, Office of the Federal Housing Advocate

Ian Hamilton
Senior Advisor, Office of the Federal Housing Advocate

Emily Paradis
Senior Advisor, Office of the Federal Housing Advocate

Catherine McKenney
Special Advisor, Engagement, Office of the Federal Housing Advocate


2023 Speakers Series

Implementing CWELCC in Ontario (July 13, 2023)

Member Housing and Homelessness Initiatives Discussion (August 18, 2023)

Continuing the Local Municipal Champion Conversation (August 24, 2023)