Budget Resources

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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.

Some other groups to connect with:

Join us in advocating for a better budget to build a better city!

1. Our "City Budget Matters 101" series is bringing you the facts on several key issues Toronto is facing today and what City Council could do in the 2021 municipal budget to make a difference. Topics include municipal revenuesnonprofits' resilience, poverty reduction, and more coming soon!

2. Follow @planningtoronto and @bethwilson416 on Twitter.

3. Participate in our People's Budget Platform.

4. Attend one of our virtual budget town halls.


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 beth@socialplanningtoronto.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 buc@toronto.ca 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.

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