Online Workshop

OW Directives and SAMS Training: Refugees and Sponsorship

About this Online Workshop

In this module of two learning units comprised of two hours each, participants will focus on the Directives and Clearinghouses related to eligibility criteria of cases deemed as sponsored and obligations of sponsorship support.  We examine other eligibility criteria for Refugee Claimants, the Participation Requirements and Residency Requirements.  Other factors examined includes:

  • Eligibility for Victims of Family Violence, processes to notify sponsor without further risk or harm to recipients
  • CHPI funded emergency shelters – calculating the assistance
  • Eligibility for persons in Interval and Transition Homes – calculating Personal Needs Allowance
  • Absent Spousal declarations where prospect of reconciliation is unlikely
  • Support requirements
  • Role of Translations Services and necessary form signatures
  • Life Stabilization and the role of interpreters and immigrant/new citizen services

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 back-to-back days

Session Dates and Registration

March 18-19, 2021 

  • Part 1: Thursday, March 18 | 10:00-12:00

  • Part 2: Friday, March 19 | 10:00-12:00


  • 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 Facilitators

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. 

Jamie Tyrell has been in the social and health services field for over 20 years, starting his career as a case manager with the Ontario Works program for the City of Cornwall. Jamie has also worked with the Province of Ontario helping implement new technology and business transformation for front-line staff with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Jamie has helped trained front-line and supervisory staff on various SAMS modules and is working in tandem with OW Directives training to give participants a practical approach through an interactive SAMS experience.