2018 Budget summary

Non-tax supported budget

2018 approved stormwater, water and wastewater rates and fees

Recommended rates and fees 2017 2018 change
Water volume – $/cubic metre (m3) $1.67 $1.72 $0.05
Water basic – $/day $0.26 $0.26 $0.00
Wastewater volume – $/cubic metre (m3) $1.80  $1.84  $0.04
Wastewater basic – $/day $0.32  $0.32 $0.00
Stormwater service fee – $/month $4.00 $4.60  $0.60

2018 Approved Non-tax Supported Operating Budget

Capital budget

The approved 2018 capital budget is $90,308,062 — heavily focused on infrastructure renewal.

Seventy-nine per cent of the budget goes towards projects that will provide for the replacement, renewal or reconstruction of existing City assets.

The 17 per cent of the budget attributed to growth is primarily funded from development charges and supports projects required to meet the increase demand on City services by new residents and businesses.

The four per cent of the budget invested in City building reflects some ongoing projects to enhance City services to improve the overall benefit to all citizens.

2018 Approved Capital Budget

Operating budget

Base budget: 2018 approved operating budget is $­232,965,140 — 2.45 per cent increase over last year’s budget.

Infrastructure levy: One per cent infrastructure levy — half funded through a tax levy and half through a transfer from the tax stabilization fund.


City Expansions Approved/ Not approved  Cost
Career Path Program not approved 135,000
Corporate Recognition and Diversity & Inclusion Training not approved 60,000
Council Training approved 9,050
Learning & Development Coordinator not approved 100,300
WSIB Claims & Disability Coordinator not approved 100,300
Analyst, Corporate Asset Management approved 123,900
Financial Analyst-Environmental Services not approved 117,500
Manager of Financial Strategy not approved 158,900
Senior Purchasing Agent not approved 129,100
Affordable Housing Incentive Program not approved 322,900
Business Service Reviews approved 100,000
To be funded through the Rate Stabilization Fund
Internal Auditor approved 142,000
Multi-Residential Waste Collection approved 524,700 – $278,100 from City Building Reserve Fund $246,600 from operating budget
Paramedics – Additional Guelph Shift – four paramedics approved 399,200
Paramedic Field Superintendent not approved 87,900
Parks Seasonal Staff- Sports fields and Trails approved 46,878
Public Service Operators not approved 50,100
Security Guards approved 49,500
Waste Collections Operator approved 78,800
Yard Waste Collection not approved 458,000
Total approved  not applicable 1,474,028

2018 Approved Tax Supported Operating Budget

Local Boards and Shared Services

With the exception of the Downtown Guelph Business Association, the City’s share of these services is funded through the tax levy. The 2018 approved budget for local boards and shared services is $77 million — 0.67 per cent increase over 2017.

Local Board and Shared Service Budget % change over 2017
Guelph Police Service 40,228,100 3.0
Guelph Public Library 9,089,062 3.0
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health 3,868,973 3.0
County of Wellington Social Services and Social Housing 22,341,117 (4.6)
The Elliott Community 1,514,557 1.7
Downtown Guelph Business Association 655,410 14.7

2018 Approved Local Boards Budget