Throughout the month of November, the City of Toronto is conducting resident engagement and pre-budget consultations to inform the priorities for the 2024 City budget.
Residents are invited to share their ideas for the budget with the Mayor, Budget Chief, and Council by:
- Participating in an online survey (fill out before November 30).
- Registering for one of the in-person or online meetings taking place between November 20-30.
- Hosting their own conversation.
In-person and Online Pre-Budget Consultations
Attend a meeting in person or online to:
- Meet the Budget Committee Chair, other Members of Council, and senior City staff
- Ask questions and learn about this year’s budget process and financial challenges
- Share your ideas and hear the ideas of other Torontonians in small breakout discussions
- Contribute to and hear the latest updates from the online discussions
Residents are encouraged to register to receive reminders and notifications of any meeting changes. There are two time slots for each meeting and participants can choose their desired time during registration.
Mayor Chow and Toronto City Council will use the feedback to help inform decision-making at the City and to support discussions with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to secure sustainable financing for Toronto. The results will be presented to the Budget Committee when the 2024 Budget launches on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, and will ultimately accompany the Budget Committee’s recommendations to Mayor Chow for the Mayor’s budget, which will be released by Thursday, February 1, 2024.
Register for SPT’s City Budget Workshops
Join SPT and partners for two engaging City budget workshops:
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30-8:00 PM by Zoom
Who pays taxes? Who benefits from taxes? What is the difference between a progressive tax and a regressive tax? How can taxes help tackle inequality in the city? This workshop will bring together community groups and organizations to share their insights and expertise on the links between taxes, investments in public services and the city budget. It will dispel myths related to Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), newcomers, people with disabilities and low-income communities and highlight their economic contributions to the city.
Sarom Rho, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
ACORN Toronto (speaker to be announced)
Sarom Rho is an organizer with Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC), a workers' organization with a cross-sectoral membership of migrants in farm work, care work and all low-waged work, which includes international students, refugees and undocumented people. At MWAC, she coordinates Migrant Students United, a group of current and former international students who are coming together across the country to fight for justice.
ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) Canada is a multi-issue, membership-based community union of low- and moderate-income people. ACORN believes that social and economic justice can best be achieved by building community power for change.
Tuesday, November 28, 6:30-8:00 PM by Zoom
Toronto is growing rapidly along with the needs and challenges of its residents, particularly those living in low-income communities and in the inner suburbs. Affordable housing, public transit, and community infrastructure are some of the core services that residents rely on, but how does the City ensure that these services are prioritized? How is funding to maintain these services secured for the long-term? And, how do these plans affect Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), newcomers, people with disabilities and low-income communities? Join Social Planning Toronto and community partners as we learn about Toronto’s Budget process and the City’s Long-Term Financial Plan.
Speakers: To be announced.