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Budget 2018

2018 Pre-budget consultations

We want to hear from you. Your feedback helps inform the City’s budget priorities, and contributes to key decision about investments in services that you want and need. There are a number of ways to share your feedback for the 2018 Budget. 

Snapshot of 2017 City investments

The 2017 Budget was built on feedback from residents to strengthen Council’s long-term vision of an affordable, caring, sustainable and prosperous city. Last year’s budget included significant investments in affordable housing, roads and transit, emergency services, integrated road, sewer and water renewal projects.

Have your say on the 2018 City budget

  • Online: Submit your ideas for the 2018 Budget by contacting your Member of Council
  • Email:
  • Twitter: @ottawacity using the hashtag #ottbudget
  • Call: 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). Rural residents call 613-580-2400

Citizen Budget tool

Citizen Budget is an interactive way to submit ideas on how you would like to see your property tax dollars spent.

Use the tool to provide feedback on City services, and to understand where your tax dollars go. You can also see how changes in spending would affect your tax bill.

Three easy steps:

  1. Enter the amount of your current property value or use the current urban residential average of $403,867.
  2. Give your input on service levels by moving the slider or keeping it where it is.
  3. Provide comments on what changes, if any, you would make to current services.

Feedback can be submitted through Citizen Budget until November 8 when the Draft Budget will be tabled. A summary report of the feedback will be provided to City Council for consideration and shared prior to the approval of the 2018 Budget on December 13.

Join us in person

City Councillors will be hosting pre-budget consultations with the public in September and October.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

  • Hosted by Councillor Eli El-Chantiry (West Carleton-March)
  • Location: Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road 
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

  • Hosted by Councillor Mathieu Fleury (Rideau-Vanier)
  • Location: Rideau Centre, Freiman Mall, 50 Rideau Street
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

  • Hosted by Councillors George Darouze (Osgoode), Michael Qaqish (Gloucester-South Nepean) and Scott Moffatt (Rideau-Goulbourn)
  • Location: Emerald Links Golf and Country Club, 6357 Emerald Links Drive
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

  • Hosted by Councillors Allan Hubley (Kanata South), Marianne Wilkinson (Kanata North), Shad Qadri (Stittsville) and Scott Moffatt (Rideau-Goulbourn)
  • Location: Kanata Recreation Centre, Hall A, 100 Walter Baker Place 
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

  • Hosted by Councillor Mathieu Fleury (Rideau-Vanier)
  • Location: Mauril Bélanger Public School, 307 Montgomery Street
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

  • Hosted by Councillors Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate), Riley Brockington (River), David Chernushenko (Capital) and Jean Cloutier (Alta Vista)
  • Location: Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Ellwood Hall, 1265 Walkley Road
  • Time 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017: BudgetSpeak 2017

  • Hosted by Councillors Tobi Nussbaum (Rideau-Rockliffe), Catherine McKenney (Somerset), David Chernushenko (Capital), Jeff Leiper (Kitchissippi)  and Mathieu Fleury (Rideau-Vanier) 
  • Location: City Hall, Jean Pigott Place
  • Time 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

  • Hosted by Councillors Keith Egli (Knoxdale-Merivale), Michael Qaqish (Gloucester-South Nepean) and Mark Taylor (Bay)
  • Location: Nepean Sportsplex Hall C and D, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue
  • Time 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

  • Hosted by Councillor Rick Chiarelli (College)
  • Location: Ben Franklin Place, Chamber, 101 Centrepointe Drive
  • Time 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

New pre-budget consultation dates will be added in the coming weeks. Please check the online Public Engagement Event calendar for updates.

Attend a committee, board or commission budget review meeting

Residents can attend or register as a public delegation Standing Committee, Board or Commission meetings where the Budget will be reviewed and discussed by Councillors and Board Members. You can also watch or listen to Standing Committee meetings online.

  • October 30: Tabling of 2018 Ottawa Public Health Draft Budget
  • November 7: Tabling of 2018 Ottawa Public Library Draft Budget
  • November 8: City Council – Tabling of 2018 Draft Budget
  • November 21: Environment Committee – Tax and Rate Supported
  • November 23: Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
  • November 28: Planning Committee
  • November 29: IT Sub-committee
  • November 30: Audit Committee
  • December 4: Transit Commission
  • December 5: Finance and Economic Development Committee
  • December 5: Approval of 2018 Ottawa Public Library Budget
  • December 6: Transportation Committee
  • December 7: Community and Protective Services Committee
  • December 11: Approval of 2018 Ottawa Public Health Budget
  • December 13: City Council – Approval of 2018 Budget

Following the tabling of the Draft Budget on November 8, members of the public can make a five-minute presentation to Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions at meetings that take place from October 30 to December 7.

Presentations on specific subjects must be brought to the Standing Committee, Board or Commission that is responsible for that subject. To register in advance of the meeting, contact the relevant Committee Coordinator through or call 3-1-1. Presenters are encouraged to provide a copy of their presentation electronically in advance of the meeting.

Understanding your City budget

Visit Understanding your City budget to learn more about how the City budget works.