The Acting CAO for the Thunder Bay District Social Services Board says the board is trying to become more independent to help keep confidential information in-house.

Terminating its master agreement will release the city from providing services such as human resources, finance and information technology administration.

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District Social Services board's CAO Bill Bradica. (CBC)

"In terms of homemaking itself, it is kind of an outlier,” Bill Bradica said. “Although it's a city program, we were essentially administering it on their behalf. However, it's not part of the DSSAB's mandate."But the board also wants to transfer a home-care program to the city.

Bradica added, as far as he knows, no other social services board operates a homemaking program on behalf of a municipality.

Some ‘issues’ with homemaking program

A senior city official has said dealing with the board has become a bureaucratic nightmare.

But Bradica noted that, as far as he's concerned, all other changes have gone smoothly — besides the homemaking program.

"I don't know why that was stated and I can tell you with the transition of the IT items, HR, Finance that we had excellent … co-operation from the relevant city managers between them and the managers here in transitioning that,” he said.

“For whatever reason … there seems to be some perceived issues on others parts about [the homemaking program]. But, I know there was communication with city staff, between DSSAB staff on that item."

The DSSAB also had agreements with Schreiber, Greenstone and Manitouwadge — all of which were terminated Jan 1, 2009 and employees were absorbed into the DSSAB.