Online Workshop

OW Directives and SAMS Training:
ODSP Referrals: Hospitalizations and ODSP Asset Exemptions

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About this Online Workshop

In this workshop, participants will focus on the ODSP referral process: We will:  

  • Review rapid reinstatements 

  • Learn about access to mandatory, discretionary and employment assistance benefits 

  • Understand participation requirements for spouses and dependents 

  • Assess voluntary participation for ODSP Recipients 

  • Look at Referrals to the Disability Adjudication Unit 

  • Understand processes for tracking Disability Determination Packages 

  • Learn about the impact of ODSP one time asset approvals, when to use it and overpayments caused by denial of ODSP benefits where one time asset exemption was applied 

  • Examine Asset Exemptions and Applications for Disability Tax Credits - Registered Disability Support Payments 

  • Focus on Stability Supports through Social Inclusion, Accessing Disability Tax Credits, and exempt income sources 

  • Follow SAMS steps within the Training Environment using a case study

NOTE: This is an interactive, virtual workshop, which is different from a webinar. Participants will be expected to participate through voice and video, and to engage with each other and the facilitators in large and small group discussions, to learn from each other and practice skill development.

Who Should Attend?

  • Any Ontario Works front-line and management staff

  • Staff whose role requires knowledge of OW directives

Format and Duration

Two, three-hour online workshops over two back-to-back days.

Workshop Dates and Registration

All sessions in Eastern Standard Time.

There are currently no upcoming dates scheduled for this workshop. If you would like to enquire about bringing this virtual workshop to your organization or staff, please email


  • Members: $395 + HST

  • Non-Members: $515 + HST

Technical Requirements

OMSSA will be hosting this virtual workshop using Zoom, an online, interactive platform that you can join straight from your web browser, or by downloading 'Zoom Client for Meetings' on your computer or tablet

Participants will be expected to join the workshop via both video and audio. Participants should therefore have access to a desktop computer, laptop computer or tablet with:

  • a webcam or built-in camera

  • a built-in microphone or a headphone jack where you can plug in a headset or earphones

We strongly recommend that participants use a headset or earphones with a built-in microphone in order to limit background noise. 

System requirements: Click here for more detailed information on system requirements from Zoom.


Participants must be able to access the SA Extranet site during this training in order to navigate Directives, Legislation and Clearinghouse.

About the Facilitator

Kirby Steinhoff has been in the employment and social services field for over 10 years, starting as a frontline crisis counsellor in a domestic violence shelter transitioning to Ontario Works case management with Norfolk County and is currently employed with Halton Region as an Integrated Case Manager. Kirby has worked as a trainer and policy developer within Halton Region and is considered a subject matter expert and has trained both front-line and supervisory staff on various SAMS modules and directives, while with Halton Region.

Kirby has completed an Undergraduate degree from Western University in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, a diploma in Human Resources from Fanshawe College and Master of Arts in Labour Studies from McMaster University with research focused on social policy, inclusion and contemporary work.