Online Workshop

OW Directives and SAMS Training: Self-Employment

About this Online Workshop

Today's business culture requires new demands and considerations with the varied types of contracts/subcontracts/gig contracts and the current state of our work culture in 2020. Caseworkers find it time consuming, clients find it complicated, and while many can speak of its accomplishments the set backs are compounded by achievements that are difficult to make within the current milestone framework. 

This new workshop provides a simpler yet comprehensive self-employment path teaching case workers and clients about quick assessments, reasonable expenses aligned to standard Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) principles and simplicity on workbook goals, setting milestones and developing outcome plans. We have identified gaps and challenges, as well as best practices and strive through training to make self-employment activities a realistic achievement for the clients and for caseworkers to facilitate and support clients within the business world.

By examining the Regulations 134/98 greater flexibility exists in approving self-employment from intake approval, to case management monitoring right through to successful exist strategies to increase CMSM/DSSAB sustainable employment outcomes while improving the quality of life for Ontario Works Participants through reasonable and viable self-employment achievements in gaining higher monthly family income.

Learning Outcomes

This workshop is comprised of 7 Modules based on the following training units: 

  • Module 1 – Defining Self Employment – Directive 5.13
    • Case Study – Uber Driver
    • Case Study – Blended Self Employment
  • Module 2 – Self Employment Readiness Survey
  • Module 3 – Self Assessment Workbook
  • Module 4 – Participant Action Planning
  • Module 5 – Milestone Tracking
  • Module 6 – 60 week update
  • Module 7 - Appeals


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

Eight, 2.5-hour online sessions over two or three weeks


Session Dates and Registration


March 22 - April 9, 2021

  • Part 1: Monday, March 22 | 9:00-11:30

  • Part 2: Tuesday, March 23 | 9:00-11:30

  • Part 3: Friday, March 26 | 9:00-11:30

  • Part 4: Tuesday, March 30 | 9:00-11:30

  • Part 5: Tuesday, April 6 | 1:00-3:30

  • Part 6: Wednesday, April 7 | 1:00-3:30

  • Part 7: Thursday, April 8 | 1:00-3:30

  • Part 8: Friday, April 9 | 1:00-3:30


September 8-17, 2021

  • Part 1: Wednesday, September 8 | 1:00-3:30

  • Part 2: Thursday, September 9 1:00-3:30

  • Part 3: Friday, September 10 | 1:00-3:30

  • Part 4: Monday, September 13 | 1:00-3:30

  • Part 5: Tuesday, September 14 | 1:00-3:30

  • Part 6: Wednesday, September 15 | 1:00-3:30

  • Part 7: Thursday, September 16 | 1:00-3:30

  • Part 8: Friday, September 17 | 1:00-3:30

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Pricing

  • Members: $750+ HST

  • Non-Members: $975 + 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.

IMPORTANT!

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.