The Ontario Government has awarded the maintenance contract for the Social Assistance Management System or SAMS to the same company that created the original program.
That contract is for two years at a cost of 32 million dollars and its going to IBM.
When SAMS was introduced on November 11th 2014, it caused some on social assistance to get too much money and others got smaller payments and some none at all.
Hamilton is one of the communities across Ontario that is still waiting for full compensation to offset the costs caused by the defective software.
The Ministry of Community and Social Services says some of that compensation has been paid but the city says it’s still waiting for about 800 thousand dollars.
That’s to deal with problems including a half-million dollars for the re-allocation of local staff to deal with the mess.
A current tally on the province wide costs isn’t available, but the most recent figures put the figure at 295 million dollars as of last October.