Online Workshop

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

About this Online Workshop

In this module of two learning units comprised of two hours for each, participants will focus on the ODSP referral process. It includes:

  • 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 Life Stabilization 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 training session, 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, two-hour online sessions over two back-to-back days

Session Dates and Registration

If you would like to be informed when the next session will be available please contact


  • Members: $295 + HST

  • Non-Members: $385 + HST

Technical Requirements

OMSSA will be hosting this virtual training using Zoom, an online, interactive training 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 session 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

David Thomas, social assistance trainer for OMSSA has been involved in the area of policy development and training for over 15 years. He worked for the Region of Durham in policy and research until 2017 and is now an independent consultant supporting municipalities in training, change management policy development, and human services integration. Many of OMSSA's members know David from past years employed by OMSSA as a social assistance trainer and Manager of Consulting and Training. David's networking with our members has continued to build superior working relationships over the decades and David continues to develop and facilitate curriculum for OMSSA. Prior to David's policy and training development he worked several years as a Caseworker and Employment Supervisor throughout the 1980s. David has a degree in Adult Education, a diploma in Social Services and is currently working on his Master's of Education through Athabasca University.