2017 Shaping our Future

Education Day

November 2 | Scotiabank Convention Centre

Join us for our annual Education Day program. This pre-conference event features in-depth full and half-day courses developed for non-profit housing professionals.

Education Day courses are in addition to the conference program and must be purchased separately. You do not need to register for the Conference to attend Education Day courses.

Why register for Education Day?

Reach your professional development goals

Our Education Day program is designed to help you reach your professional goals faster.

Stay up-to-date on changes in the housing sector

Featuring in-depth, comprehensive full and half-day courses, we dive deep into current and essential topics for non-profit housing professionals.

Learn from the experts

The ONPHA Conference brings sector experts under one roof. Learn from experienced professionals about the topics you need to know.

Education Day fees and Registration

Register before September 15 and save with early bird pricing. Prices below do not include HST.

Full rate Housing provider members Service manager members
Early bird After Sept. 15 Early bird After Sept. 15 Early bird After Sept. 15
E1: Financing our future: Laying the groundwork for funding success (full day) $399 $490 $169 $205 $259 $315
E2: Staying ahead of the game: Preventative maintenance (full day) $399 $490 $169 $205 $259 $315
E3: The RTA and intervention strategies (full day) $399 $490 $169 $205 $259 $315
E4: Past, present and future: Social housing policy in Ontario (full day) $399 $490 $169 $205 $259 $315
E5: Consent, capacity and substitute decision-making: A housing perspective (half-day-morning: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)* $199 $245 $89 $110 $169 $205
E6: Integrated pest management (half-day-afternoon: 1-4 p.m.)* $199 $245 $89 $110 $169 $205

*Register for both half-day sessions and get the reduced full-day rate.

  • Full day courses run from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and include a breakfast, lunch and coffee break.
  • Morning half day courses run from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and include breakfast.
  • Afternoon half day sessions run from 1-4 p.m. and include a coffee brea.

Attending a half-day session and want some lunch? Purchase a lunch ticket at time of registration.

Education Day Course Descriptions

E1 Financing our future: Laying the groundwork for funding success

Full day: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Back by popular demand, ONPHA has condensed its successful two-day course into a one-day format. Learn how to position your organization for funding success, by identifying, understanding and planning for the key pieces you’ll need to take advantage of future funding opportunities. This interactive course will leave participants with a toolkit of valuable resources to support their continued work in strategic planning and funding readiness.

Darlene Cook, CEO and General Manager, Peterborough Housing Corporation

E2 Staying ahead of the game: Preventative maintenance

Full day: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Gain an introduction to and learn the tools needed to create a preventive maintenance plan for your building. This hands-on course offers:

  • an interactive CD with templates and a resource book to create and enhance your own plan
  • a chance to share and develop best practices
  • practical knowledge through a virtual site tour

Carla Chong, past Tenant Services Coordinator, Muriel Collins Housing Co-op
Tony Mandarino, Operations Manager, Muriel Collins Housing Co-op

E3 The RTA and intervention strategies

Full day: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn how to help your tenants maintain successful tenancies as a social housing landlord under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA). This comprehensive overview will help participants:

  • understand the RTA and the role of the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB)
  • know the exemptions from the RTA that apply to social housing
  • learn about how the Ontario Human Rights Code might impact tenant issues
  • identify the most commonly used LTB notices
  • develop intervention strategies when tenants are not meeting their obligations (with the use of case studies)

Kimberley Ellsworth, Manager, Tenant and Member Services, Mainstay Housing
Doug Levitt, Partner, Horlick Levitt Di Lella LLP

E4 Past, present and future: Social housing policy in Ontario

Full day: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

How is the housing sector changing and what does this mean for you? Learn the history of social housing in Canada, including post-war housing, expansion, devolution and affordable housing, and develop an understanding of housing programs and policies governing your work. Plus, gain perspective on what role the province, Service Managers and others play in our sector. Then, through interactive exercises, explore the future of our sector and what this means for your organization.

Greg Suttor, PhD, Senior Researcher, Wellesley Institute

Half day: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

A staggering 25,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed in Canada each year. In this halfday session, learn how to help elderly tenants maintain successful tenancies in a way that respects their dignity and autonomy. Explore:

  • the legal framework that governs capacity and consent
  • how mental capacity is assessed and what needs to happen if capacity is compromised
  • what happens when a tenant refuses supports and services or is unable to consent
  • practical strategies and resources for working with older tenants with complex needs while managing risk

Lauren Blumas, LL.B, Lawyer, Iler Campbell LLP
Melanie Martin, Senior Advisor, OCHE
Cynthia Summers, The Commissioner of Housing Equity, TCHC

E6 Integrated pest management

Half day: 1-4 p.m.

Non-profit housing presents unique challenges for managing bed bugs, cockroaches and rodents. Pest-free housing is possible, but a network of staff, professionals and tenants must cooperate to successfully manage pests building-wide. Learn how to develop and run an integrated pest management (IPM) program, plus:

  • common pests, their challenges and treatment methods
  • when and how to effectively use discretion
  • strategies to manage challenging cases of pests and other unit conditions
  • strategies for the procurement of pest control services

Richard Grotsch, Senior Manager, Environmental Health, Toronto Community Housing