Guelph City Council approves 2020 budget

City tax supported operating budget sees 3.60% increase and an additional levy of 0.31% to support the Guelph General Hospital

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Guelph, Ont., December 3, 2019—Council approved the tax supported operating budget and the local boards and shared services budget today, bringing the tax levy increase in at 3.91 per cent.

In addition to the 2020 base budget and staff recommendations, Council approved the following:

  • $750,000 a year, for six years, to support Guelph General Hospital’s emergency department renovations.
  • $302,200 to support the Mayor’s Task Force initiatives including $91,000 for the Welcoming Streets program, $61,200 for the Court Support Worker, and $150,000 to continue the Supportive Recovery Room program.
  • Increase of $170,000 to the Affordable Housing Reserve Fund bringing the total to $500,000.
  • Increase Guelph Transit Services’ budget by $1,720,000 to increase service to the Hanlon Creek Business Park, Route 99, Community bus expansion, and improve spare bus ratio.

“The 2020 budget is about investing in the right services and programs for our community, while being fiscally responsible today and into the future,” said Trevor Lee, Deputy CAO Corporate Services for the City of Guelph.

As part of the tax supported operating budget, Council also approved the 2020 local boards and shared services operating budget. These funds support our community partners including Guelph Public Library, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Social Services and Social Housing, Downtown Guelph Business Association, Guelph Police Services, and the Elliott. This budget represents a 1.95 per cent impact to the overall levy requirement.

“It takes a lot of dedicated people to make this budget work. I’d like to thank Council for their leadership, our staff for their commitment, and our Guelph citizens for their participation,” added Deputy CAO Lee.

What’s next?

With the budget now approved, Council will set the tax policy in April to determine what percentage of the total levy will be paid by each tax class. In Guelph, there are seven tax classes: residential, multi-residential, commercial, industrial, pipeline, managed forest, and farm. Last year, residential and multi-residential property taxes covered 73.20 per cent of the total levy required.

All final budget documents will be available at and 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.

Media contact

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