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Detailed information 2021 Budget

The budget process

Get involved in the budget process-  key steps

A key component to developing the budget is hearing from you! To help you better understand how Ottawa plans its spending every year – and how you can get involved – we have broken down some of the  key steps that go into developing the City’s budget.

Develop budget guidelines and priorities

This occurs at the start of a 4 year Council term. Guidelines and priorities are derived from several key documents including the Long Range Financial Plan, the Fiscal Framework and the Strategic Plan.

Set budget timetable

This occurs in the summer or early fall. It involves the Council approval of the Budget Directions report which provides the direction for annual City budgets. It outlines dates for the tabling of the draft budget and approval of the budget.  Questions can be directed to your member of Council.

Draft budget preparation

In the summer and fall, the draft budget is created. During this period, members of the community can provide input in a variety of ways including online tools and surveys, Councillor led public consultation sessions and communication with the Mayor and Council. 

Draft budget presented to City Council 

In November, the draft budget is presented to Council, and the public.  In the weeks following, the budget is reviewed by the Standing Committees.  Each Standing Committee reviews part of the City budget.  Citizens have the opportunity to register and make a presentation at any of the Standing Committee meetings.

 The draft budget, and the schedule for the standing committee meetings are published on Ottawa.ca.

Approve the final budget

Council approves the entire budget in early December. The approved budget details ares published on Ottawa.ca in the new year.

Note:  In an election year, this is delayed until the new year.

Describes 5 steps in the budget process
Steps in the Budget Process

Councillor led public budget consultations - 2021 budget

Councillor led public budget consultations will be held virtually using Zoom.  In order to participate, please send an email to the meeting contact to register.  

If you have any questions, please submit them to your Councillor.  Check the ward listing for contact information.

Schedule for councillor led public budget consultations

Councillor/Ward Date Time Link to Register

Councillor Kavanagh - Ward 7 Bay

Councillor Leiper - Ward 15 Kitchissippi

Councillor Brockington - Ward 16 River

Monday, October 19 6:30 to 8 pm

baywardbulletin.ca

or contact your Councillor directly

BayWard@otttawa.ca

Jeff.Leiper@ottawa.ca

Riley.Brockington@ottawa.ca

Councillor Darouze - Ward 20 Osgoode

Councillor Moffatt - Ward 21 Rideau-Goulbourn

Monday, October 19 7 to 8 pm zoom.us

Councillor Luloff - Ward 1 Orléans

Councillor Dudas - Ward  2 Innes

Councillor Tierney - Ward 11 Beacon Hill-Cyrville

Councillor Kitts - Ward 19 Cumberland

Tuesday, October 20 6:30 to 8:30 pm zoom.us

Councillor Deans - Ward 10 Gloucester-Southgate

Councillor Brockington - Ward 16 River

Councillor Menard - Ward 17 Capital

Councillor Cloutier - Ward 18 Alta Vista

Thursday, October 22 7 to 8:30 pm

Diane.Deans@ottawa.ca

Riley.Brockington@ottawa.ca

Shawn.Menard@ottawa.ca

Jean.Cloutier@ottawa.ca

Councillor Fleury -  Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier Thursday, October 22 6:30 to 8 pm zoom.us

Councillor Harder - Ward 3 Barrhaven

Councillor Egli - Ward  9 Knowdale-Merivale

Councillor Meehan -  Ward  22 Gloucester-South

Tuesday, October 27 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Jan.Harder@ottawa.ca

Keith.Egli@ottawa.ca

Carolanne.Meehan@ottawa.ca

Councillor Fleury -  Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier

Councillor King - Ward 13 Rideau Rockcliffe

Councillor McKenney - Ward 14 Somerset

Councillor Leiper - Ward 15 Kitchissippi

Councillor Menard - Ward 17 Capital

Tuesday, October 27 6:30 to 7:30 pm

zoom.us

Councillor Sudds - Ward 4 Kanata North

Councillor Gower - Ward  6 Stittsville

Councillor Hubley - Ward  23 Kanata South

Wednesday, October 28 7 to 9 pm

zoom.us

Passcode: 433937

Councillor EI-Chantiry -  Ward  5  West Carleton-March

Thursday, October 29

7 to 8:30 pm

 Eli.El-Chantiry@ottawa.ca

Councillor Chiarelli - Ward 8 College Thursday, October 29 7 to 8:30 pm zoom.us

2021 Budget Meeting Schedule

 Meeting Date Time
Board of Health - Budget Tabling Monday, November 2 5 pm
Public Library Board - Budget Tabling Tuesday, November 3 5 pm
Police Services Board (special meeting) – Budget Tabling Wednesday, November 4 8:30 am
Council – Budget Tabling
(special meeting)
 
  • City Services
  • Transit Services
  • *Police Services
  • *Library Services
  • *Public Health
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Crime Prevention
*In addition to this Council meeting, the Boards and Transit Commission hold their own meetings to table their budgets
Wednesday, November 4 10 am
Transit Commission (special meeting) – Budget Tabling Wednesday, November 4 30 mins after Council ends
Standing Committee on Environmental Protection,
Water & Waste Management
Tuesday, November 17 9:30 am
Transit Commission - board adoption Wednesday, November 18 9:30 am
Community & Protective Services Committee Thursday, November 19 9:30 am
Police Services Board board adoption Monday, November 23 4 pm
Audit Committee Tuesday, November 24 9:30 am
Planning Committee Thursday, November 26 9:30 am
IT Sub-Committee Monday, November 30 9:30 am
Board of Health board adoption Monday, November 30 5 pm
Finance & Economic Development Committee Tuesday, December 1 9:30 am
Public Library Board board adoption Tuesday, December 1 5 pm
Transportation Committee Wednesday, December 2 9:30 am
Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Thursday, December 3 9:30 am
Council – Budget Consideration / Adoption Wednesday, December 9 9:30 am

*Meeting dates and times are subject to change and the discretion of the respective Chair

Table of City Services and Standing Committee reporting structure

City Services and Standing Committee Reporting Structure

Each City service reports to a Standing Committee.  Below is a list of City services, department names and the name of the Standing Committee that each service reports to.  

City Services and Standing Committee Reporting Structure
City Service Department Name Standing Committee Name
Affordable Housing Community and Social Services Department

Planning Committee

Office of the Auditor General Office of the Auditor General Audit Committee
Building Code Services Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department

Planning Committee

By-Law & Regulatory Services Emergency and Protective Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
CFO & Treasurer and Business Support Services Finance Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee

Children's Services

Community and Social Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, and Business Support Services - Finance Services Department Finance Services Finance & Economic Development Committee
City Clerk City Clerk Finance & Economic Development Committee
City Manager's Office City Manager's Office Finance & Economic Development Committee
City Solicitor Office Innovative Client Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee
Committee of Adjustment External Boards and Agencies Specific Board/Agency meeting
Community Recreation & Cultural Programs Recreation, Culture and Facility Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee

Corporate Finance

Finance Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee
Corporate Real Estate Office Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department Finance & Economic Development Committee

Crime Prevention

External Boards and Agencies Specific Board/Agency meeting
City Wide Programs, Aquatics, & Specialized Services Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department Community and Protective Services Committee

Development Review Process (Rural)

Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee
Economic Development and Long Range Planning Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department Finance & Economic Development Committee
Elected Officials Elected Officials Finance & Economic Development Committee
Facility Operations Service Recreation, Culture and Facility Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee

Fire Services

Emergency and Protective Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee

Fleet Services 

Innovative Client Services Department Transportation Committee
Forestry Public Works and Environmental Services Department Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management- Tax Supported
General Manager & Business Support Services- Emergency & Protective Services Emergency and Protective Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
General Manager & Business Support Services- Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department Finance & Economic Development Committee
General Manager & Business Support Services- Recreation Culture and Facility Services Recreation Culture and Facility Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
General Manager & Business Support- Services Social Services Community and Social Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
Housing Community and Social Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
Human Resources Innovative Client Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee
Information Technology Services Innovative Client Services Department IT Sub Committee
Infrastructure Services Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management-Tax Supported
Light Rail Planning and Implementation Program Transportation Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee
Long Range Planning Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department

Planning Committee

Long Term Care Community and Social Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
Non Departmental Finance Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee
Office of the Auditor General Office of the Auditor General Audit Committee
Ottawa Police Service External Boards & Agencies Specific Board/Agency meeting
Ottawa Public Health External Boards & Agencies Specific Board/Agency meeting
Ottawa Public Library External Boards & Agencies Specific Board/Agency meeting
Paramedic Service Emergency and Protective Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
Parking Services Transportation Services Department Transportation Committee
Parks Public Works and Environmental Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
Parks & Facilities Planning Recreation Culture and Facility Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
Partner and Stakeholder Initiatives Community and Social Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
Payroll Finance Services Department Finance and Economic Development Committee
Planning Services Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department

Planning Committee

Public Information and Media Relations Innovative Client Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee
Public Policy Development - Emergency and Protective Services Emergency and Protective Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
Revenue  Services Finance Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee
Resiliency and Natural Systems Policy Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management-Tax Supported
Right of Way, Heritage and Urban Design Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department

Planning Committee

Roads Services Transportation Services Department Transportation Committee
Rural Affairs Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
Security & Emergency Management Emergency and Protective Services Department Community & Protective Services Committee
Service Ottawa Innovative Client Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee
Service Transformation Innovative Client Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee

Social Services

Community and Social Services Department Community & Protective Services 

Solid Waste Services

Public Works & Environmental Services Department Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management-Tax Supported

Stormwater Services

Public Works & Environmental Services Department Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management-Rate Supported
Supply Services Innovative Client Services Department Finance & Economic Development Committee

Traffic Services

Transportation Services Department Transportation Committee

Transit 

Transportation Services Department External Boards & Agencies

Transportation Planning

Transportation Services Department Transportation Committee
Water Services Public Works and Environmental Services Department Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management-Rate Supported

Wastewater Services

Public Works & Environmental Services Department Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management-Rate Supported

 

City budget: how the money is spent

What you get for your property taxes

The City of Ottawa provides many vital services to residents each day, which have a direct impact on the quality of life that residents expect. One quarter of a residential property tax bill is effectively set or mandated by the Province. Education taxes are set by the Province and collected by the City. In addition, there are Provincially mandated programs such as employment and financial assistance (Ontario Works) and affordable housing that the City is required to administer. City Council has a very limited or no control over these items.

Want to know what you get for every 100,000 in property assessment in 2020?

Assessment $100,000

 Services Urban Area Rural with
Reduced Transit Service
Rural with
Para Transpo Service Only
Transit & Para Transpo 158 53 15
Police 137 161 167
Capital Financing 110 130 135
Roads & Traffic 86 101 105
Fire 74 47 49
Parks/Recreation/Culture 66 78 81
Program Support 65 76 79
Social Housing* 43 51 53
Garbage/Recycling ** 31 36 37
Library 20 23 24
Paramedics 17 19 20
Planning/Economic Dev/Environment 11 13 13
Social Services* 12 14 15
Child Care* 7 8 9
Public Health* 5 6 7
Long Term Care* 10 11 12
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation* 4 4 4
Non Municipal Tax Supported Services      
Provincial Education* 138 162 168
Conservation Authorities 6 7 7
  $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

*Provincial Mandated Programs
**Includes special charge for Solid Waste

How does the City compare with other municipalities

Find out how the City budget affects your property taxes, and what your taxes pay for.

How the City of Ottawa compares

Taxation increases for major Canadian cities 2011 to 2019
City 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Cumulative Total Compounded Total
Ottawa 2.45% 2.39% 2.09% 1.91% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 3.00% 3.00% 20.39% 22.33%
Toronto 0.00% 2.50% 2.00% 2.23% 2.75% 1.30% 3.29% 2.91% 3.58% 2.00% 22.56% 24.94%
Edmonton 3.85% 5.39% 3.30% 4.92% 5.70% 4.10% 3.10% 3.20% 2.60% 2.08% 32.79% 37.91%
Calgary 4.60% 6.00% 5.50% 5.00%* 4.20% 6.10% 0.00% 3.80% 3.45% 1.50% 30.55% 41.49%
Vancouver 2.00% 2.84% 2.00% 1.90% 2.40% 2.30% 3.90% 4.24% 4.50% 8.20% 32.28% 37.12%

*City of Calgary: tax increase mitigated by 1-time rebate of $52 million