About City Budget Watch
Social Planning Toronto's City Budget Watch is back for the 2019 City of Toronto budget process! We'll be bringing you up-to-date reports and analysis on each step of the City budget process from launch date on Monday, January 28, to final votes at City Council on March 7. We'll let you know how you can learn more, get involved, and have your say on the 2019 budget.
The City Budget Watch Blog is authored by Beth Wilson. Beth is our lead on policy and research at Social Planning Toronto, starting at our organization in 2002. She has a Master of Social Work (MSW), Policy, Organization and Community.
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Most recent blog entries
2019 City Budget: How did your City Councillor vote?
We've compiled the voting records of the Mayor and all 25 City Councillors on several key budget votes from the March 7 Council meeting. Find out how your City Councillor is representing you at City Hall with our easy-to-read spreadsheet (.xlsx file; click here for an .xls version). For more context on these votes, read our budget finale update here.
Not sure who your City Councillor is? Call 311. They'll ask for your address, and give you the name of your Councillor and your ward number. You can also look it up here.
2019 City Budget: Council Votes on Final Budget, Moves at Snail's Pace on Big Challenges
Toronto City Council held its final vote on the 2019 City budget on March 7. Despite the need for bold action, the final budget moves us forward at a snail's pace in addressing the serious challenges our city faces. Many motions aimed at responding to significant crises and improving life in our city failed to receive a majority of support. Get all the details in today's budget watch update.
2019 City Budget: Voices of the People
On February 7 and 11, members of the Budget Committee heard from the public at deputations (public hearings) at City Hall, Etobicoke Civic Centre, North York Civic Centre, and Scarborough Civic Centre. Despite the tight timelines for this budget process (a common challenge for the budget process following an election year), about 170 people participated in the deputations.