|Year to Date||Annual|
|Budget||Actual||Budget vs. Actual Variance Favourable/(Unfavourable)||Budget||Forecast||Budget vs. Forecast Variance Favourable/(Unfavourable)|
|Operational & Supply||3,889||3,932||-43||(1.1%)||7,779||7,901||-122||(1.6%)|
|Occupancy & Infrastructure||1,868||1,796||72||3.8%||3,736||3,663||73||1.9%|
|Equipment, Vehicles, Technology||446||481||-35||(7.9%)||813||869||-56||(6.9%)|
|Partnership, Rebate, Exemption||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0||0||0.0%|
|Federal & Provincial Grants||-109,018||-100,252||-8,766||8.0%||-217,723||-207,828||-9,894||4.5%|
|By-Law Charges & Sales||-1,486||-1,787||301||(20.3%)||-2,972||-3,598||627||(21.1%)|
|Total Intercompany Charges||251||260||-9||(3.8%)||503||557||-54||(10.8%)|
|Net Expenditure (Revenue) Before Transfers & Indirect Allocations||15,309||14,685||624||4.1%||28,475||28,154||321||1.1%|
|Transfers To Funds||1,285||1,285||0||0.0%||2,199||2,199||0||0.0%|
|Indirect Allocations & Debt|
|Indirect Allocations & Debt||5,358||5,300||57||1.1%||10,558||11,012||-455||(4.3%)|
|Capital Financing Allocation||2,226||2,216||10||0.5%||4,872||4,862||10||0.2%|
|Total Indirect Allocations & Debt||7,584||7,516||67||0.9%||15,430||15,875||-445||(2.9%)|
|Net Expenditure (Revenue) After Transfers & Indirect Allocation||24,137||23,458||679||2.8%||46,025||46,161||-136||(0.3%)|
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 is forecasting a total surplus before indirect allocations of $308 or 0.11 per cent of the gross budget of $270,961 or 1.08 percent of the net budget $28,475.
The favourable year-to-date variance of $256 and forecasted variance of $245 is primarily a result of less than anticipated gross postage and office expenditures within SAEO ($119 year-to-date; $188 forecasted), as well as the timing of consulting expenditures in SAEO and Homelessness and Community Engagement.
The favourable year-to-date variance of $8,707 is primarily due the Ontario Works (OW) caseload and changing demands for allowances and benefits based on case mix (i.e. single vs. families, with singles eligible for less financial support) ($5,267); as well as the timing of children service provider ($2,652) and homelessness contract ($782) payments. The caseload and demands for allowances are anticipated to continue through to year-end, resulting in a favourable forecasted variance of $9,519. This favourable variance is offset by the unfavourable variance in Federal & Provincial Grants.
The unfavourable year-to-date variance of $8,766 is a result of reduced SAEO funding due to reduced funded expenditures incurred ($5,051); as well as the timing of Children's Services ($2,810) and Homelessness ($627) funding. The forecasted unfavourable variance of $9,894 is a primarily a result of reduced SAEO funding due to forecasted reduction in expenditures incurred. Funding announcements made by the Federal and Provincial Governments for additional funding for Children's and Seniors Services' will be received and expenditures incurred in the second half of the year.
The favourable year-to-date variance of $301 and forecasted variance of $627 is primarily driven by higher than estimated parent fee contributions for Children's Services.
The favourable year-to-date variance of $174 and forecasted variance of $157 are a result of an increase to the long-term care home vendor rebates received from prescriptive purchasing and union billings for long-term care employees' time spent on union business.