More Budget Resources
Advocacy for a Better Budget
SPT and many partner organizations are hard at work preparing for the 2021 City budget. Each year, we work with communities to increase understanding of the City budget, engage residents to support civic engagement, and advocate for a better budget to improve life in Toronto.
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Key Budget Dates
January 14: Budget Committee launches the staff-recommended (draft) budget
January 20-22: Budget Committee meets to review the budget; City staff make presentations and answer questions
January 25-26: Budget Committee holds public presentations/deputations; members of the public share their advice, recommendations, stories, and concerns about the staff-recommended budget; everyone is welcome to participate – You don’t need to be a budget expert to take part! SPT and other organizations are here to help by providing training sessions and one-on-one support; stay tuned for details
January 28 & February 4: Budget Committee holds its wrap up and final wrap up meetings where the committee receives City staff reports and makes and votes on motions to change the staff-recommended budget; for example, the committee could vote to increase funding to a service, or shift funding from one program area to another; no decisions are final until City Council votes at its February 18-19 meeting
February 11: The Mayor’s Executive Committee meets to review the budget; the Mayor and Councillors on the Executive Committee may also move and vote on motions to make changes to the budget; final decisions rest with Council at its February 18-19 meeting
February 18-19: Toronto City Council meets to review and vote on the final 2021 tax-supported budget; this final vote is, in fact, a series of votes on individual motions to make various changes to the budget; in past budget votes, Council has moved motions to increase funding for particular programs and services and reversed recommendations for service cuts; it all depends on how a majority of Council members vote on each motion
You can watch these meetings live or check out video recordings after the meetings on Council’s YouTube channel. All meetings start at 9:30 a.m.
City of Toronto Budget Resources
Check out the City of Toronto budget webpage. All City of Toronto budget notes, briefing notes, presentations, and related budget documents are posted on its webpage and will be updated regularly through the budget process. www.toronto.ca/budget
Get Involved! Budget Events Listing
We're keeping a list of all community-organized budget town halls, webinars and trainings, City Councillor budget town halls, and City of Toronto budget deputation sessions. Check out the budget events list for opportunities to learn more, get involved, and have your say! Want to add a budget event to the list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign Up to Speak to the City's Budget Committee at Public Hearings/Deputations
Sign up to share your priorities for the 2021 City budget with the Budget Committee at its public hearings/deputations. Deputations take place on Monday, January 25 and Tuesday, January 26.
Email email@example.com and let the clerk know which date (Jan 25 or 26) and time slot (9:30 am to 12:30 pm OR 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm OR 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm) you would prefer. Register by Friday, January 22 at 4:30 p.m.