Last chance for early bird registration, funding for home and community, award nominations and more!
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July 2016


When we send out this newsletter we receive a lot of out-of-office replies in return, and I expect we’ll receive a lot more than usual this issue. I hope those of you vacationing this summer take full advantage of the opportunity to rest and recharge. You deserve it!

At OCSA, we’re also using the summer to prepare for a busy fall. Of course, there will be consultation on the government’s recently-introduced Patients First Act. To learn more about this legislation, please join us for a webinar featuring an in-depth look at Bill 210, its implications for your organization, and stakeholder reactions. 

We’re also busily preparing for our annual conference in October. The schedule is filling up fast, though we’ve saved a few slots for “just in time” presentations on some of the sector’s most important subjects. Click here to read about the workshops we’ve confirmed so far, and check back for more very soon.

Speaking of the conference, you’ve got just two days left to register at our special Early Bird rate! Register by July 31st to save $100 per delegate. I look forward to connecting with many of you in-person at the conference. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

- Deborah Simon, CEO

Last chance for Early Bird registration!

Time is running out to snag your early bird registration to our 2016 conference! Register by July 31 to save $100 per delegate.

In the coming year, we’ll be navigating unprecedented transformation of the home and community support sector.  Join us and learn about key Ministry priorities for community care, get up-to-date information about pilot projects the Ministry and LHINs have initiated, and explore new research and best practice from both Ontario and international perspectives.  Connect, and reconnect, with over 400 of your colleagues and gain valuable insights and strategies on how to prepare, adapt and thrive in our new health environment.

And to top off all that learning, we'll have a little fun, too! We'll celebrate the winners of OCSA's 2016 Commitment to Care Awards. And we're looking forward to snacking on popcorn during our first-ever OCSA movie night, where we'll be screening Hip-Hoperation.

Register Today!

Nomination deadline approaching!
2016 OCSA Commitment to Care Awards

For the second year, OCSA is pleased to celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of our members! Nominations are due August 8, so don't miss out on this opportunity to recognize deserving individuals and organizations in the following categories:

  • OCSA Award for Commitment to Leadership
  • OCSA Award for Commitment to Volunteer Service
  • OCSA Award for Commitment to Exceptional Client and Family Care
  • OCSA Award for Commitment to Quality Improvement
Our impressive selection committee full of leaders from across the health system is eager to read your stories!

Many thanks to Lough Barnes Consulting Group for their continued support of this program. For more information and to submit an online nomination, click here.

Patients First Act: How Will it Affect Your Home Care or Community Support Organization?
September 15, 2016

Change is coming. When Ontario’s Legislature reconvenes this Fall, we expect that Bill 210 (Patients First Act) will be a priority. Do you understand the implications of the LHINs new, broader powers over health service providers, and how it will impact your not-for-profit organization?

Sign up today for this “just in time” learning opportunity led by health law specialist, Kathy O’Brien!  For more information, and a link to register, please click here.

Ontario Investing An Additional $100 Million This Year in Home and Community Care

Ontario is investing approximately $100 million this year to enhance support for home care clients with high needs and their caregivers. 

This investment will help clients and caregivers most in need, including $80 million for enhanced home care and $20 million for caregiver respite. Home care patients and those who care for them will benefit from approximately:

  • 350,000 additional hours of nursing care
  • 1.3 million additional hours of personal support
  • 600,000 additional hours of respite services for caregivers
  • 100,000 additional hours of rehabilitation.
Click here to read more.


We are thrilled to welcome a new member to our team. This month, Kim Prince joined us as our Business Development & Marketing Manager for OCSA and Capacity Builders.

Kim brings a wealth of experience in business development from a variety of backgrounds including retirement living and long-term care, e-health consulting, associations, start-ups and non-profits. Kim keeps busy with her two teenage children and their cat Theo. In her spare time, you will find Kim dancing at a Nia class, doing yoga, hiking or escaping to a meditation retreat in the country.

PSWs Power-Up At Our 10th Training Conference
October 20, 2016 - Markham

This year marks the 10th Annual PSW Training Conference. This year's theme "Heroes of Health Care: PSWs Power Up!" recognizes how important you are to Ontario's health care system. To celebrate, PSNO is offering an updated format that will allow PSWs to supercharge their skills with in-depth training in some of the most in-demand areas of care: 

  • Dementia Care
  • Falls Management
  • Mental Health
  • Palliative Care
  • Person-Centred Care.

Select two streams at three hours each, or focus on one subject for all six hours to power-up your training. Stay tuned for more information on learning objectives for each area of focus. Click here to learn more or register.


Events and programs hosted by OCSA members. Are you an OCSA Member who would like to promote an event or program in our next issue? E-mail a link and one-sentence description to

Upcoming Training from Capacity Builders:
interRAI Community Health Assessment Workshop
November 22, 23 & 24, 2016 in Toronto

This comprehensive three-day workshop will equip new assessors with the skills and confidence they need to conduct quality interRAI CHA assessments, and use the information to inform and evaluate personalized care plans. In a supportive and engaging environment, participants will learn the general principles of conducting a competent interRAI assessment and learn how to accurately document client information through the interRAI CHA system.  

What participants are saying about this training:

Excellent workshop. I’ve had previous training but this is the first workshop that actually related the materials to what I do.

Excellent use of audiovisual, and enough activity to make the learning concrete and usable.

For full workshop information and registration link, please click here. Special reduced pricing for OCSA Members! 

Coming this Fall: Preliminary Screener Tool webinar.

Did you know that we deliver interRAI CHA training all across Ontario?  If you’d like more information about how we can bring this workshop to your organization, community or Network, please call us at 800-267-6272 or 416-256-3010 ext 229 or email


Last week, we mailed out our 2016-17 OCSA membership packages. Look inside for your proof of membership, information and special discounts from OCSA's corporate members and partners.

Not a member yet? Learn more about the benefits of membership!


Quick links from around the sector.


OCSA is pleased to advertise job opportunities on behalf of our members. To be included in our next issue, please e-mail a link to the posting, job location, and application deadline to

Please submit at least 4 weeks before applications close.
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The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) champions a strong, sustainable home and community support sector for all Ontarians. Our not-for-profit, community-based member organizations provide a wide variety of health and wellness services which help a full range of clients, including seniors and people with disabilities, remain independent in their own homes and communities. For more information, visit 

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