2020 budget discussions start now

Proposed capital budget and forecast are now available online

Review capital budget documents at  guelph.ca/budget
Watch budget meetings live guelph.ca/live

Guelph, Ont., October 10, 2019—The City has released the proposed 2020 capital budget and 2021–2029 forecast to City Council and the community.

On October 23, City staff will present a capital budget to Council that continues the work of previous budgets in moving towards a sustainable level of capital investment. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, this budget focuses on balancing the demands of infrastructure renewal, growth and city building.

This year’s proposed capital budget comes in at $151.6 million and requires an operations budget of $1.5 million once the assets are up and running. The forecast is a funded plan for work slated for 2021 through 2029 and amounts to just over $1.7 billion.

“The City’s capital budget and forecast is a funded 10-year plan, based on asset management principles, that lays out the long-term investment needs for our city,” said Trevor Lee, Deputy CAO of Corporate Services for the City.

The 2020 capital budget initiatives are categorized as follows:

  • Seventy-eight per cent investment in infrastructure renewal—projects that will replace, renew or reconstruct existing City assets.
  • Fifteen per cent investment in growth—initiatives primarily funded from development charges, required to meet the increased demands on City services by new residents and businesses.
  • Seven per cent investment in city building—projects to enhance City services to benefit all citizens.

New in this year’s capital budget is $500,000 to prepare the City to achieve its goal of getting 100 per cent of its energy needs through renewable sources by 2050. This initial investment will fund corporate energy optimization projects, improving building systems including heating, ventilation and air conditioning and lighting.

Today’s release is the first of four budget documents for Council consideration. In the coming weeks, the proposed non-tax supported operating, tax-supported operating, and local boards and shared services budgets will be released for Council consideration and community review.

Community input

Citizens can address Council about the budget through a written submission or in person at a budget Council meeting. Please register as a delegate, or make a submission by 10 a.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. You can register using our online delegate request form, or contact the City Clerk’s office at 519-837-5603 or email clerks@guelph.ca.

Review the proposed budgets documents and follow the City’s budget updates at guelph.ca/budget, on Twitter (@cityofguelph, #GuelphBudget) and on Facebook (@cityofguelph). Do you want to know more about the budget? Email us at budget@guelph.ca.

Watch all budget Council meetings (presentations, delegation and deliberation nights) live at guelph.ca/live.

We will post all budget documents and related information on guelph.ca/budget 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.

Budget schedule

Budget Budget document released Council meeting Delegations
Capital budget and forecast October 10, 2019 October 23, 2019—6 p.m.
Staff presentation and public delegationsNovember 13, 2019—4 p.m.
Deliberations and approval
Register by October 18, 10 a.m.
Non-tax supported operating budget October 17, 2019 October 30, 2019—6 p.m.
Staff presentation and public delegationsNovember 13, 2019—4 p.m.
Deliberations and approval
Register by October 25,
10 a.m.
Tax supported operating budget November 7, 2019 November 18, 2019—4 p.m.
Staff presentationNovember 27, 2019—6 p.m.
Public delegations

December 3, 2019—2 p.m.
Deliberations and approval

Register by November 22, 10 a.m.


Local boards and shared services budget November 7, 2019 November 20, 2019—4 p.m.
PresentationsNovember 27, 2019— 6 p.m.
Public delegation

December 3, 2019—2 p.m.
Deliberations and approval

Register by November 22, 10 a.m.

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

Media contact

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