Council approves 2019 capital budget

Guelph, Ontario, January 30, 2019 – Today, City Council approved the 2019 capital budget and received the 2020–2028 capital forecast.

The $87.3 million budget covers 2019 capital projects slated to start or be completed this year. The 10-year $1.6 billion capital forecast looks ahead to 2028, and suggests appropriate capital project timelines according to anticipated budget needs and projected funding. The capital budget also requires about $1.9 million in operating costs that are reflected in the 2020 tax and non-tax supported operating budgets.

“Council’s approval of the capital budget reinforces the need to close our infrastructure gap by investing in important capital renewal work in 2019 funded through long-term sustainable strategies including the infrastructure levy,” said Derrick Thomson, chief administrative officer for the City of Guelph.

Sixty-seven per cent of the 2019 capital budget supports infrastructure renewal: the maintenance, repair and replacement of existing infrastructure. This is the primary focus of the capital plan in order to maintain current service levels provided by the City.

In 2019, a transfer of $30.3 million to the infrastructure-related capital reserve from the tax supported budget is marked for capital works. The one per cent infrastructure levy strategy increases this amount on an annual basis by one per cent to enable funding levels to reach sustainability by 2038. This year, the one per cent infrastructure levy strategy will see about $2.2 million dollars of tax supported funding added for roads, bridges and facility rehabilitation projects.

The infrastructure levy strategy is in year three of a 10-year plan to increase the tax-supported capital funding to sustainable levels. Similar strategies are also in place for the City’s non-tax funded delivery of water, wastewater and stormwater services.

“The 2019-2028 capital budget and forecast is comprehensive, funded, and sustainable, and a long-term capital plan for the City,” said Trevor Lee, deputy chief administrative officer, Corporate Services. “Looking ahead allows the City to plan for the right resources, funding and partnerships before we need them.”

The 2020 to 2028 capital forecast suggests the south-end community centre start in 2020, the main library in 2021, and significant water infrastructure renewal including the FM Woods Station, the Aqueduct and booster upgrades, span the 10-year plan.

Community input

Today’s approval is the second of four budget approvals from Council. The next Council deliberation and approval will be on March 5 for the tax supported operating and local boards and shared services budgets.

For a complete meeting schedule, including delegation nights, please visit

Residents are invited to review the recommended budgets and follow the City’s budget news on, Twitter (@cityofguelph, #GuelphBudget) and

All budget documents and related information will be posted on as they become available. Online budget documents comply with the Province’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Accessible formats available by calling 519-822-1260, extension 2325 or TTY 519-826-9771.

 Upcoming budget dates

Budget Council meeting Delegations
Tax supported operating budget
  • February 7, 2019, 4 p.m.: Staff presentation
  • March 5, 2019, 2 p.m.: Deliberations and approval
  • February 20, 2019, 6 p.m.: Public delegations (Delegation registration by February 15, 10 a.m.)
Local boards and shared services budget
  • February 13, 2019,  4 p.m.: Presentation
  • March 5, 2019, 2 p.m.:
    Deliberations and approval
  • February 20, 2019, 6 p.m.: Public delegations (Delegation registration by February 15, 10 a.m.)

The non-tax supported operating budget has been  approved.

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

For more information

Tara Baker
Treasurer, General Manager Finance
City of Guelph
519-822-1260, extension 2084