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Ontario Medical Students Call to Legislate Paid Sick Leave

  • Posted on: 14 April 2021
  • By: OMSA Admin

58% of workers living in Canada do not have access to paid sick leave. Since labour policy is provincially regulated, paid sick leave legislation differs across the provinces. Currently, paid sick leave is only legislated in Quebec (two days per year), in PEI (one day after five years with the same employer), and for federally-regulated workers (three days per year). In Ontario, where there are no provincially regulated sick days, individual workplace policies dictate access to paid sick leave.

OMSA Statement on OMA’s Call to Increase Restrictions in new COVID Framework

  • Posted on: 20 November 2020
  • By: OMSA Admin

At the beginning of this month, the Government of Ontario released a new tiered framework for the province to combat the spread of COVID-19. On November 12th, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) released a statement calling for tighter restrictions from the Ontario government to curb the spread of COVID-19. With record high cases increasing by the day, the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) supports the OMA’s call to increase restrictions within each tier of the framework and allocate more resources for testing and contact tracing.

Ontario Medical Students Warn Against Cuts to Public Health

  • Posted on: 26 April 2019
  • By: OMSA Admin

OMSA is concerned about the province's plan to substantially cut support for municipal health units by reducing the provincial share of program funding. Several municipalities, regional governments, and other healthcare stakeholders including the Ontario Medical Association have also expressed their concern about reducing support for local public health units. The vague nature of recent healthcare cuts have left the future of our provincial healthcare system unclear to both the general population as well as to healthcare students and professionals.

OMSA Lobby Day 2019: Solutions for Unmatched Medical Graduates

  • Posted on: 8 April 2019
  • By: OMSA Admin

OMSA held its Annual Lobby Day today at Queen's Park where 60 medical students across Ontario met with Members of Provincial Parliament. Ontario medical students are alarmed by the increasing number of medical graduates who do not secure a residency spot to continue their required medical training, otherwise known as going 'unmatched'. This is the second straight year where Ontario medical students voted to advocate on this issue. Historically, 10 to 20 graduates in Canada were unmatched each year, but that number reached an all-time high in 2018 when

OMSA Press Release for Match Day 2019

  • Posted on: 26 February 2019
  • By: OMSA Admin

Today, hundreds of Ontario medical students are receiving the first iteration results of the 2019 R-1 Main Residency Match. OMSA would like to congratulate our colleagues who matched today. We also express our support to all students who were not matched to a residency training spot. These results do not define you. Information regarding next steps including the second iteration are available at carms.ca and through your school's Student Affairs Office.

OMSA's Response to the Proposed Tuition Fees and OSAP Changes

  • Posted on: 19 January 2019
  • By: OMSA Admin

This week, the Government of Ontario announced its intention to reduce tuition by 10 percent and reform the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). These decisions have many implications for medical students across the province.

First, OMSA welcomes the government’s intent to address the rise in post-secondary tuition. Advocating for reduced tuition has been a priority for OMSA over the past few years, and we appreciate the government’s efforts to reduce tuition costs.

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