City Budget Watch is Back in Action for the 2017 City Budget!

It's that time of the year! Social Planning Toronto's City Budget Watch blog is back, covering the 2017 City of Toronto Budget process. There's a lot at stake this year with the Mayor and City Council calling for budget cuts from every city agency and division. That can't be good news for our communities. 


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Public transit, housing, shelters, public health, community services, public libraries, child care, parks, recreation programs, the arts, the environment and much more ... it's all part of the City budget.

The City of Toronto launches its staff-recommended budget on Tuesday, December 6. It's the draft budget that will outline which programs and services are recommended for funding and which ones are at risk. The draft budget is the starting point in the budget process. No final decisions are made until Toronto City Council votes at its February 15-16 meeting.

Community members play a critical role in the budget process. We know from past experience that when communities work together it's possible to stop harmful cuts and improve programs and services in our neighbourhoods.

Find Out What's in the Budget & Get Involved!

  • Sign up for SPT's City Budget Watch to receive regular updates on the budget process - contact Beth Wilson at
  • Join us for one of our five SPT City Budget Forums to find out what's in the budget, share your ideas, and learn more about how to get involved - register here
  • Attend a City Councillor Budget Town Hall (details to follow)
  • Come out to Commitment to Community's December 8 Budget Deputation Training session in Scarborough to find out what it's like to make a deputation (short presentation) to a City committee 
  • Get involved with the Commitment to Community campaign in support of public and community services - contact Susan Kwong at or (416) 562-8110

Key Dates

  • December 1: Mayor's Executive Committee meets to discuss the long-term fiscal plan and revenue tools
  • December 6: Public launch of the staff-recommended (draft) budget
  • December 8, 12, 13, 14: Social Planning Toronto hosts 5 City budget forums
  • December-February: (some) City Councillors hold budget town halls for community members
  • December 16, 19, 20, 21: Budget Committee reviews the budget
  • January 5, 9, 10: Public deputations where you can share your views on the 2017 City budget with the Budget Committee
  • January 12, 24: Budget Committee makes its recommendations
  • February 7: Mayor's Executive Committee reviews the budget and makes its recommendations
  • February 15, 16: Toronto City Council makes final decisions about the budget

Stay tuned for more City budget news!

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