Happy New Year! The City Budget is Back!

Welcome to 2017! 

I know you're all raring to get back to the City of Toronto budget. Fortunately, it all gets started this week. The Budget Committee has three days of public hearings (deputations) to hear from the public on the City budget starting on Thursday, January 5 at the Scarborough Civic Centre and Etobicoke Civic Centre. 

What's your vision for Toronto? What should the priorities be for improving our city? Are you concerned about service cuts? This is your chance to have your voice heard! Want to learn more about making a deputation? Come out on Wednesday, January 4 for a deputation training.


Ok, you don't have to sing your deputation (although some have) - just say a few words! 

Public Hearings (Deputations)

Budget public hearings are taking place at six locations with afternoon and evening sessions. The Budget Committee will break up into two subcommittees to hear from the community. Everyone is welcome to participate. You usually get up to 3 minutes to speak. You can also just drop by to see what's happening. 

To make a presentation at one of the Budget Subcommittee meetings on January 5, 9, and 10, 2017, please email buc@toronto.ca or call 416-392-4666 no later than 12:00 p.m., January 4, 2017.


Have questions? Want to join with others to make your deputation? Contact Susan Kwong with Commitment to Community at skwong@socialplanningtoronto.org or 416-562-8110

Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 150 Borough Drive
January 5, 2017
Session 1 - 3 p.m.
Session 2 - 6 p.m.

Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 399 The West Mall
January 5, 2017
Session 1 - 3 p.m.
Session 2 - 6 p.m.

East York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 850 Coxwell Avenue
January 9, 2017
Session 1 - 3 p.m.
Session 2 - 6 p.m.

North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 5100 Yonge Street 
January 9, 2017
Session 1 - 3 p.m.
Session 2 - 6 p.m.

City Hall, Committee Room 1, 100 Queen Street West
January 10, 2017
Session 1 - 9:30 a.m.
Session 2 - 6 p.m.

York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West
January 10, 2017
Session 1 - 3 p.m.
Session 2 - 6 p.m.

Written comments may be submitted to the Budget Committee, by email buc@toronto.ca, by fax 416-392-1879 or by mail addressed to:

Budget Committee
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, 10th Floor, West Tower
Toronto, ON
M5H 2N2


City Councillor Budget Town Halls 

Mark your calendars! Several City Councillors are holding budget town halls for community members. These events are great opportunities to find out more about the budget and share your views with members of Council.

Councillors who have confirmed that they will be holding a budget town hall:

  • January 10 & 17: Ward 41 Chin Lee at Agincourt Recreation Centre, 31 Glen Watford Drive at 7 pm (both nights)
  • January 17: Ward 10 James Pasternak (annual town hall covers many ward issues including news from city hall) at Antibes Community Centre, 140 Antibes Drive, gym from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • January 19: Ward 27 Kristyn Wong-Tam (Forum on Gender Equity in Toronto City Budget) at 519 Church Street Community Centre from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • January 19: Ward 33 Shelley Carroll at Fairview Library, 35 Fairview Mall Drive from 6 - 8 pm
  • January 26: Wards 13 & 14 Councillors Sarah Doucette and Gord Perks at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School, 1515 Bloor Street West, 3rd Floor, staff room from 7 - 9 pm
  • January 28: Ward 18 Ana Bailão at Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin Street from 11 am - 1 pm

These Councillors are planning to hold a budget town hall, details to be announced:

  • Ward 20 Joe Cressy
  • Ward 21 Joe Mihevc
  • Ward 22 Josh Matlow 
  • Ward 26 Jon Burnside 
  • Ward 28 Pam McConnell 
  • Ward 34 Denzil Minnan-Wong 

Ward 37 Councillor Michael Thompson already held his budget town hall on December 12.

We'll keep you posted as new information becomes available.


Fireworks photo credit: Christine Zenino

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