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Listed here you will find various events, meetings  and training of interest to residential services, child welfare and mental health.  Scroll down or click the below links for more information.

OARTY Professional Development and Training 

OARTY's key events the three day annual Conference in June, and are the KIND (Knowledge, Information and Networking Day) event in October.  For details on upcoming OARTY events and training please see below. 

OARTY Webinar – Centralized Residential Placement Service (CRPS)

Friday, June 19, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

On behalf of the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, Stacey Fragiskos B.A., M.S.W., R.S.W. and Shawna Cooper, B.A., M.Ed will be presenting a new provincial program that intersects with the residential services sector, the Centralized Residential Placement Service (CRPS). 

The CRPS is a service offered by the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) to support Ontario’s Child Welfare and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies in their searches for appropriate Outside Paid Resources (OPRs) outside of their own jurisdictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aligned with the provincial movement to repatriate children and youth in care, the goal of the CRPS is to provide a service that focuses on conducting out of jurisdiction placement searches during this challenging time, freeing up agencies’ resources to focus their energy on planning to keep children and youth close to home. This work is accomplished by leveraging existing resources from the OPR Shared Service Proof of Concept project, and by continuing to build resources and centralize service-related information about OPRs in Ontario. In this webinar, Stacey and Shawna will introduce the service, discuss implications of the service for Ontario’s OPRs, and field questions from attendees.

Members can register for this webinar from the Webinar Registration tab.

Residential Care and the COVID-19 Pandemic 

On Friday, May 8th, OARTY hosted a webinar with Lisa Corrente of Torkin Manes LLP, presenting on key topics affecting residential care operators during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Provincial orders, directives and guidelines relevant to your operations; 
  • ​Job protected leaves, human rights and other employment law related considerations;
  • Government’s emergency relief available to employers; and
  • Complaints, civil claims and class actions as the crisis abates.

The webinar was recorded and you can contact to register to access the recorded webinar.

Employment Law Update for Residential Care Webinar

On March 13th, OARTY hosted its first members’ webinar in a series to be offered this year.  Lisa Corrente of Torkin Manes LLP, presented on key topics affecting residential care operators today, including:

  • The use of medical cannabis by your employees and the duty to accommodate;
  • Important court decisions from 2019 regarding employment contracts and terminations; and
  • Update on privacy law and protecting the personal health information of your residents.

The webinar was recorded and you can contact to register to access the recorded webinar.

OARTY 2020 Conference

The 2020 OARTY Conference will be offered virtually in the Fall and details will be posted on the 2020 Conference webpages as they become available. 

SafeGuards Training for Child and Adult Services

Upcoming training sessions from SafeGuards Training for Child and Adult Services are posted here for the next few months.  Please note that opportunities for in-house training and the Virtual Library can be accessed at their website at

OARTY Members: Register online and get the Member’s Rate

Group Discount: 20% off for groups of 4 or more. Contact