2023 Policy Conference

Save the Date for OMSSA's 2023 Policy Conference - November 30 & December 1

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, the work of OMSSA Members has been forever transformed. The pandemic has demonstrated the vital socio-economic importance of children's services, it has forced a rethink of how employment and income supports are delivered, and it has exacerbated an already strained housing and homeless system.

Through all of this, OMSSA Members have had to rapidly develop new policies and to innovate ways of effectively supporting the services users. Through all this, the course that Members will need to plot is becoming increasingly clear. Alongside all the successes that Members have had navigating these trials, new economic challenges have emerged.

The 2023 Policy Conference, held from November 30 to December 1, is OMSSA's annual forum for discussion and debate focused on the present and future of human services policy in Ontario. This event brings human services leaders and policy experts, together with provincial leaders, stakeholder organizations, and other subject matter experts. This year's conference promises to be packed with relevant content for all OMSSA Members and beyond!

Thank You to Our Planning Committee

  • (Chair) Tod Duncan, OMSSA

  • Tanya Antoniw, City of Windsor

  • Sutha Balasingham, City of Toronto

  • Doug Ball, OMSSA

  • JJ Blower, Parry Sound DSSAB

  • Chelsea Combot, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

  • Mina Fayez-Bahgat, County of Simcoe

  • Christie Herrington, OMSSA

  • Michael Jacek, AMO

  • Rob Kirsic, OMSSA

  • Laura LePine, County of Renfrew

  • Jennifer McPhee, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

  • Janel Morrison, Region of Peel

  • Naama Ofrath, City of Toronto

  • Jessica Rapcewicz, Manitoulin-Sudbury DSSAB

  • Nalisha Sankreacha, OMSSA

  • Darryl Wolk, OMSSA

Registration is Now Closed!

Registration for OMSSA's 2023 Policy Conference has closed. OMSSA looks forward to seeing attendees at the Policy Conference. 

Hotel Accommodation

OMSSA's room block is now closed. You may still check to see if there are rooms available, but they will not be offered at the negotiated rate.

Thank You to Our Conference Partners

OMSSA would like to thank our partners for supporting the 2023 Policy Conference. Please click on their logos below to visit their websites and learn more about these organizations.

Land Acknowledgement

The land on which OMSSA operates is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Ojibwe, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat, and it is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. We also acknowledge that our members span an area known as the Province of Ontario which is covered by 46 treaties and agreements.