Council approves four per cent water, wastewater rate increases

2016 Non-tax-supported budget receives Council approval

Guelph, ON, October 28, 2016—Earlier this evening, Council approved the City’s Water and Wastewater Services, Building Code Administration and Court Services budgets for 2016. The approval included an expansion in Water Services for a Manager of Operations.

“Across the four departments, the City has demonstrated sound financial policies, good departmental practices and innovation that will help move Guelph forward. Tonight’s approval reinforces the value City Council and the community place on these services,” says Janice Sheehy, city treasurer.

Approved 2016 water and wastewater rates, effective January 1, 2016

Proposed charges 2015 2016 Year/year change
Water Volume – $/cubic metre (M3) $1.52 $1.59 $0.07
Water Basic – $/Day $0.26 $0.26 $0.00
Wastewater Volume – $/Cubic metre (M3) $1.66 $1.73 $0.07
Wastewater Basic – $/day $0.32 $0.32 $0.00

*City estimate of average annual volume of water consumed by a Guelph household of three people

Water Services

The $28.6 million operating budget and $204.6 million capital budget allows Guelph to continue delivering a safe and sustainable water supply while renewing aging infrastructure.

Wastewater Services

The $29.8 million operating budget and $171.9 million capital budget supports continued optimization of Guelph’s wastewater systems.

Building Services

The proposed $3.07 million operating and $131,800 2016 capital budget includes continued investments to maintain the health and safety of the community.

Court Services

The proposed $3.72 million operating and $398,200 2016 capital budget includes technology upgrades in order to enhance customer service.

2016 City Budget

The Non-tax-supported budget is the first of four to be approved by City Council. Residents are invited to review proposed documents and bring their comments to Council on November 30 (Public Delegation Night), and to follow the City’s budget news on, Twitter (@cityofguelph, #GuelphBudget) and

Delegation registration and submission must be submitted by Friday, November 27 at 9 a.m. for the Public Delegation Night.

All budget documents and related information will be posted on as they become available.

Coming up next

  • 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 proposed expansions (7 p.m.)
  • November 19, 2015 – Presentation of proposed 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.

For more information

Janice Sheehy, General Manager, Finance and City Treasurer
519-822-1260 extension 2289