City Budget

The City budget is a financial plan that describes how the City will raise and spend money within a year.

Every year City staff present a recommended budget to City Council that details what money is required to maintain and/or improve City services.

City Council will review the recommended budget, along with your input, before approving the final budget.

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Non-tax-supported Budget

Guelph’s Non-tax-supported Budget includes the following service areas:

  • Ontario Building Code (OBC) Administration
  • Court Services
  • Water Services
  • Wastewater Services

The operating and capital costs associated with these service areas is 100 per cent recovered through user fees and other non-tax-supported revenues; these budgets do not require a property tax transfer.

2016 Proposed Non-tax-supported Budget

Operating Budget

Guelph’s Tax-supported Operating Budget and Forecast details the City of Guelph’s plan to sustain the delivery of exceptional services while remaining affordable and accountable to residents. It covers our day-to-day operations.

Tax-supported Operating Budget and Forecast

Capital Budget

Guelph’s Capital Budget and Forecast includes:

  • Road, bridge and storm water reconstruction/upgrades
  • Parks and recreation facility replacements
  • Protective and Emergency services vehicle and equipment replacement
  • Vehicle and equipment replacement
  • Solid Waste equipment replacement

The Capital Budget funds our long-term assets, the equipment and structures we own. This budget is funded through several different sources including, but not limited to, tax-funded capital reserves, Development charges, debt, government grants or subsidies, partnerships and user fees.

2016-2025 recommended Capital Budget and Forecast

Learn more: Understanding the Capital Budget

Local Boards and Shared Services

Guelph’s Local Boards and Shared Services Operating Budget includes:

  • Guelph Public Library Board
  • Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health
  • Social Services and Social Housing
  • The Elliott
  • Downtown Guelph Business Association
  • Guelph Police Service Board
  • Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI)

With the exception of the Downtown Guelph Business Association, the City’s share of these services is funded through the tax levy. These budgets have been extracted from the City’s traditional tax-supported operating budget as City Council has limited or no control over these costs.

2016 recommended Capital and Operating Budget

2016 Budget Schedule

  • October 21, 2015 – Non-tax-supported budget presentation to Council & public delegations (6 p.m.)
  • October 28, 2015 – Capital budget presentation to Council & public delegations, and Council deliberation and approval of non-tax-supported budget (5:30 p.m.)
  • November 10, 2015 – Operating budget presentation to Council (6 p.m.)
  • November 16, 2015 – Local boards and shared services presentation to Council (6 p.m.)
  • November 18, 2015 – Presentation of expansions (7 p.m.)
  • November 19, 2015 – Presentation of reductions (6 p.m.)
  • November 30, 2015 – Public delegation (6 p.m.)
  • December 9, 2015 – Council deliberations and approval (5 p.m.)

All Council meetings will be in Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street.

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