Provincial HSJCC Call for Abstracts 2023

Striving for Inclusive Justice: Reflecting on the past and acting for the future

The Provincial HSJCC Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2023 Virtual Conference Striving for Inclusive Justice: Reflecting on the past and acting for the future taking place on November 15 and 16 2023.

The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) Network is a dynamic, voluntary collaboration between professionals from across the human services and justice sectors in Ontario. At the Local, Regional and Provincial levels, HSJCCs coordinate resources and plan more effectively for people with unique needs who are in conflict with the law.

The Provincial HSJCC Conference is the network’s premiere educational event – bringing together more than 600 professionals from across the human services and justice sectors to share promising practices, build cross-sector networks and engage in solutions for the people they serve. Attendees benefit from a richly engrossing program that leaves them better equipped and inspired to meet the needs of Ontarians.

The Conference Planning Committee is seeking abstracts from individuals or agencies who can contribute solution-focused knowledge, expertise, innovation and best practices that can enhance, complement or expand services and systems currently in place.

The conference program will reflect a broad range of themes while showcasing work being done within the human service and justice sectors.

The need to create inclusive spaces for all vulnerable populations is an important factor to consider in creating equitable human services and justice sectors in Ontario. To address this issue, service providers are consistently working to incorporate inclusion, anti-racism, diversity and equity in their day-to-day work. Striving for Inclusive Justice: Reflecting on the past and acting for the future seeks to go beyond policy discussions to concrete and innovative actions to improve the experiences of vulnerable populations involved in the human services and justice sectors.


Complex Needs: Substance use and behavioural dependencies, mental health, brain injuries, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, dual diagnosis, and concurrent disorders.


Specialized Populations: Physical disability populations, older adults (Dementia), youth, Black, Indigenous, and Racialized Commujniites, 2SLGBTQ+, and people of marginalized genders.

Models and Frameworks for Better Collaboration: HSJCC Committees, Crisis Tables, Situation Tables, Discharge Planning Tables, Mobile Crisis Response Teams and Communities of Practice.

Innovation and Creative Community Response: New projects, outside the box thinking, community partner/collaborations, relevant HSJCC work, social navigator projects, restorative justice, COVID 19 response, Lived Experience and Peer Support work.

Resiliency for Service Providers: Self-care, loss, Medical Assistance with Dying, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma, professional grieving and restorative justice.

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 15, 2023

Conference Streams
Please choose the theme that relates to your submission

About You

Please provide names of presenter(s) as you would like them to appear in the conference program.

Presenter Name:



Contact Information (Street, Town, Province, Postal Code):

Contact Phone (office and cell):

Contact Email:

Presentation Format
Please identify your presentation format

Your Submission

The Presenter may submit multiple abstracts for the conference, please submit each abstract separately.

Title of your Presentation (10 words or less)

Description of your presentation (150 words or less)

How does your submission relate to the conference title and stream?

Please provide a summary of your presentation as it will appear on the virtual platform (50 words - i.e. sales pitch/description of the presentation)

Describe how the participant will be engaged (i.e. Q&A, polling, whiteboard, chat, etc.)

What will participants take away from your presentation? (i.e. what will they learn or share with their organization as an idea/new approach/system)

Your Biography and Abstract

Please provide a short biography of each presenter (50-60 words or less)

Presenter 2 Bio:

Presenter 3 Bio:

Presenter 4 Bio:


All submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:
• Relevance to the conference theme
• Clarity and coherence of submission
• Relevance and benefit to participants
• Evidence that submission will engage the participants
• Evidence of participant take-away


Presenters must be paid registrants of the conference. Bursaries will be available for presenters with lived experience.

Presenters will be asked to submit an electronic version of their presentation which will be posted on the virtual platform after the conference. In the virtual format, participants have indicated that having handouts and resources to download are much appreciated. Presenters will be provided with a designated time to present by the conference committee.

Presenters will be provided with a designated time to present by the conference committee. 

For further information, please contact Sherry Sim, Event Manager at or by phone: 1-866-655-8548.