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The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board approves budget

By CJ Goater Dec 19, 2023 | 2:44 PM

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The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board 2024 operating and capital budgets were approved by the Board of Directors at its most recent meeting.

“I am grateful for the Board’s attentiveness throughout this budgeting process, especially as 2024 will mark the start of a new strategic plan and exciting new initiatives. I am looking forward to working with the Board toward the achievement of our strategic priorities in the year ahead,” said Bill Bradica, Chief Administrative Officer of TBDSSAB

The 2024 operating budget totals $120,747,100 and represents an increase of $9,936,700, or 9.0%, from the 2023 approved budget.

Much of the increase is related to the increased Homelessness Prevention Program spending made possible through an increase in provincial funding. The proposed 2024 capital budget totals $5,045,000 and is to be financed from the Housing Portfolio Capital Reserve Fund ($3,600,000), and the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative ($1,445,000).

Much of the operating budget (66%) is for external transfer payments for individuals, families, and funded agencies. External funding is provided for social services consistent with TBDSSAB’s legislated service requirements through Ontario Works, Child Care and EarlyON programs, Community Housing, and the Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP).

The remainder will go toward program administration, personnel services, operation of direct-owned properties, and repayment of long-term debts such as mortgages for direct-owned housing properties.

A portion of the operating budget will be financed from a Municipal and Territories Without Municipal Organization (TWOMO) Levy of $25,233,000, which is a 3.7% increase relative to 2023. Under the District Social Services Administration Boards Act, this levy apportionment is calculated using weighted assessment.