Online Workshop

OW Directives and SAMS Training: Singles and Couples Under 18: Establishing Special Circumstances

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About this Online Workshop

In this workshop, participants will focus on eligibility for singles and couples under 18 cases that have special circumstances, and will: 

  • Examine Participation Requirements and the role of education
  • Examine the necessity of school attendance monitoring
  • Focus on earnings for under 18 recipients
  • Look at Employment benefits for those who have completed secondary school
  • Assess spousal situations and eligibility criteria
  • Examine Under Age 18 Living at Parents with their own Dependent Child
  • Understand Asset Exemptions for Registered Education Savings Plans
  • Learn about victims of Family Violence and appropriate resources related to Stability Supports
  • Examine trusteeship roles and responsibilities

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 back-to-back days.

Workshop Dates and Registration

All sessions in Eastern Standard Time.

June 22 – 23, 2023

  • Part 1: Thursday, June 22 | 9:00 – 12:00 

  • Part 2: Friday, June 23 | 9:00 – 12:00

  • Registration cut off: Tuesday, June 20   

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  • 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 Facilitators

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. 

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.