Homelessness Count Underway Across the District of Parry Sound
Sept 9, 2021 Media Release
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New Childcare Spaces coming to NNDSB Schools”
Sept 7, 2021 Media Release from the Near North District School Board
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DSSAB embarks on Strategic Planning Process!

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Survey closes July 30, 2021

April 26, 2021– The District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board is embarking on a process to develop a new five-year Strategic Plan that will help us to determine how we can most effectively serve our community in the future.

“The District continues to work on ways to ensure our social service system gives everyone the opportunity to have access to services that are safe, accessible, affordable and equitable,” said Rick Zanussi, Board Chair of the DSSAB.  “At the same time, we need to adapt to a changing political and regulatory environment, and be modernized to meet the needs of our communities.”

To support us in this important work, the Board has retained the Housing Services Corporation (HSC), who’ve been providing customized business solutions to Ontario’s social housing sector, designing and delivering services for the 47 Service Managers and DSSABs, and over 1400 housing providers for over 20 years. Several engagement activities are currently being planned with a range of stakeholders across the District including municipalities, and local service partners. A comprehensive consultation is also planned with all levels of staff, and input from the general public will be crucial. All consultations will be facilitated through the use of surveys, interviews, and focus groups.

“Public input is extremely important for us to understand the different needs of our communities and residents,” said Tammy MacKenzie, Chief Administrative Officer of the DSSAB. “We are aiming for a very engaging and inclusive process that brings forth our best thinking about how we as a DSSAB can play a role in working together with our service partners, municipalities and the community as a whole, to support positive outcomes for the residents in our District.”

More information and additional opportunities for residents to participate will be posted to our website shortly. Visit our STRATEGIC PLAN page by clicking here.

Social Services Relief Fund 3 Survey
April 23, 2021

The District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board has been a successful recipient of provincial funding through a third phase of Ontario’s Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF).

SSRF is intended to mitigate the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the homelessness sector. The additional funding will allow Service Managers to maintain, monitor and improve infection prevention control and offer stability with our vulnerable population by providing direct supports (food security programs, housing allowances, supports for vital community partners, etc…). Please note this funding supports operating expenses only.

The District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board is seeking community input on where these funds could best be utilized within our district.  Please complete our short survey to help us decide where these funds should be distributed. Thank you for your assistance.

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Emergency School-Aged Child Care
April 15, 2021

Recently, the Province announced the decision to move elementary and secondary students across the province to remote learning following the April spring break, and to provide emergency child care to school-aged children of eligible health care and other frontline workers during the remote learning period (Link to Ontario’s News Release)

We’ve been receiving inquiries about the details of our district-wide plan for emergency child care for school aged children.

Beginning Monday, April 19th, 2021, Emergency Child Care will be available for school-aged children between the ages of 4 to 12 years who are currently enrolled in a publicly funded school. Limited spaces are available at this time.

Programs will be offered at the following sites:

  • YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka – Parry Sound Public School
    *Contact Valene 705-746-0511 ext. 2
  • Fairview (PSDSSAB) – St. Gregory Catholic School (Powassan)
    *Contact Jane 705-724-5462
  • YMCA of Northeastern Ontario – St. Theresa Catholic School (Callander)
    *Contact Kayla 705-752-3277
  • Home Child Care Program (PSDSSAB) – District Wide
    *Contact Cindy 746-9522 ext. 4361

To qualify for Emergency School-Aged child care, parents must meet certain eligibility criteria. Find out more by contacting the subsidy office at (705) 746-7777 ext. 5277.

Please note, all district-wide Licensed Child Care programs, including Home Child Care, will remain open, and have been unaffected by these changes.

Before/after school programs will remain closed until further notice.


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District of Parry Sound Resources and Food Options Available during COVID-19 Pandemic As of February 22, 2021

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Food Bank Weekly Update – June 30
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Housing & Homelessness Annual Report, 2019-20

Please click HERE to view the Housing & Homelessness Annual Report, 2019-20


Tuesday, June 9th, it was announced by the Premier of Ontario that the Emergency Child Care Program would end on Friday June 26th. We will be closing all centre based child care currently offering emergency care effective 6:00 pm, June 26th.
We are assessing the needs of our pre-pandemic enrolled families and the new Ministry of Education regulations for re-opening child care. Programs will be returning to offering care Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm effective July 2, 2020.

Please speak to the program supervisor should you wish to be placed on a wait list. As we reopen care, child care fees will apply and families are encouraged to contact the Child Care Fee Subsidy office at 705-746-7777 ext. 5277.

To support social assistance recipients and applicants, the ministry has summarized key program information, including changes to service delivery, areas of flexibility, and additional resources available during the Covid-19 outbreak into two public information pages that may be reviewed online or printed out:

Temporary Changes to Ontario Works
Temporary Changes to ODSP

Apply for emergency assistance online.

Learn how to get short term financial support if you are in a crisis or an emergency situation and don’t have enough money for things like food and housing.


District of Parry Sound Resources and Food Options Available during COVID-19 Pandemic As of February 22, 2021

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COVID-19 Community Information Package: March 26,2020

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Parry Sound District Social Services Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic – Update: March 20, 2020

Parry Sound, ON –The District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board (PSDSSAB) is taking further measures to protect our residents, staff and community as a whole during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

These measures include the closing of its offices in Parry Sound and South River. All individuals seeking services of the PSDSSAB are advised to call the numbers listed below. In-office visits are restricted to emergencies only. People receiving social assistance payments are strongly urged to set up Direct Bank Deposit if they haven’t already done so to avoid any complications with receiving their benefits. Anyone can call the numbers listed below if they need assistance with this.

Anyone requiring services related to Housing are asked to call the numbers below. All client emergency needs, including health and safety issues, will continue to be addressed. Tenants will be advised of alternative ways to pay their rent where necessary.

Essential core services that will continue include:

  • - Issuing social assistance payments – Payments will not be disrupted. Please call the PSDSSAB office if you require assistance.
  • - All applications for social assistance will be taken by phone by calling the numbers below.
  • - Health and safety matters with our social housing properties will continue to be
    addressed, and essential maintenance continued.

Anyone requiring assistance are asked to call our general phone numbers:

Parry Sound
705-746-7777 or 1-800-461-4464

South River
705-386-2358 or 1-800-661-3230

As the situation evolves, further updates will be posted regularly on the PSDSSAB website at www.psdssab.org.

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The Early Development Instrument (EDI) was developed at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. Senior Kindergarten teachers across the province of Ontario complete questionnaires covering five different areas of early development, referred to as “domains” and are designed to measure children’s ability to meet age-appropriate developmental milestones at school entry.

The five domains are: Physical Health & Well-Being, Social Competence, Emotional Maturity, Language & Cognitive Development, Communication Skills & General Knowledge. The following snapshot presents an overview of the District of Parry Sound 2017/2018 EDI results.

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