Niagara Region Community Services works to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities of Niagara through a spectrum of integrated programs and services delivered by four divisions: Seniors Services, Children's Services, Social Assistance and Employment Opportunities, and Homelessness and Community Engagement.
|Year to Date (in thousands of dollars)|
|Budget||Actual||Budget vs Actual Variance
|Operational & Supply||8,339||8,345||(5)||(0.1%)|
|Occupancy & Infrastructure||4,580||4,870||(290)||(6.0%)|
|Equipment, Vehicles, Technology||900||1,254||(354)||(28.2%)|
|Federal & Provincial Grants||(214,578)||(202,320)||(12,258)||6.1%|
|By-Law Charges & Sales||(2,207)||(2,964)||758||(25.6%)|
|Total Intercompany Charges||555||638||(83)||(13.0%)|
|Net Expenditure (Revenue) Before Transfers & Indirect Allocations||30,570||29,864||706||2.4%|
|Transfers from Funds||(259)||(259)||-||0.0%|
|Indirect Allocations & Debt|
|Capital Financing Allocation||7,483||7,267||216||3.0%|
|Total Indirect Allocations & Debt||16,062||17,717||(1,655)||(9.3%)|
|Net Expenditure (Revenue) After Transfers & Indirect Allocation||$46,372||$47,322||$(949)||(2.0%)|
Niagara Region Community Services works to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities of Niagara through a spectrum of integrated programs and services delivered by four divisions: Seniors Services, Children's Services, Social Assistance and Employment Opportunities (SAEO), and Homelessness and Community Engagement. Community Services' total surplus before indirect allocations for 2016 was $706 or 2.4 per cent of the net budget of $30,570 and 0.3 per cent of the gross budget of $269,500.
The favourable variance of $491 is primarily due to: the deferral of approximately $100 of agency training to 2017, consulting expenditures being $100 less than budgeted as a result of the cost sharing of labour market survey costs with Economic Development (offset by an unfavourable variance in intercompany charges), as well as reduced postage and office supplies due to the stabilization of SAMS resulting in a decrease in the number of letters issued to clients
The unfavourable variance of $290 is a result of higher than anticipated building repair and utility costs in the long-term care homes.
The unfavourable variance of $354 is related to higher than anticipated equipment repair and replacement costs in the long-term care homes, and additional spending incurred for play-based equipment at directly operated child care centres to leverage increased parent fees received for Children's Services.
The favourable variance of $12,464 is related to the Ontario Works (OW) caseloads and changing demands for allowances and benefits based on case mix (i.e. single vs. families, with singles eligible for less financial support). Expenditures fluctuate based on client participation in employment programs and demands for specific benefits.
The unfavourable variance of $12,258 is a result of reduced Social Assistance funding due to reduced expenditures incurred, partially offset by unbudgeted funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for Seniors Services related to the new nursing graduate program and high intensity needs claims, as well as unbudgeted Homelessness funding related to the Point in Time count.
The favourable variance of $758 is mainly driven by higher than estimated parent fee contributions for Children's Services.