2022 Budget

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Each year, the City of Burlington undergoes an annual budget process to create budgets that support city operations and deliver the programs and services required to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy in our community.

The Budget is more than dollars and cents. It impacts you through the programs and services you receive. Each time you have your road plowed, use a City park or trail, or cool off in a municipal pool or splash pad, you are seeing your tax dollars at work. The City's mission is to provide a balance of services that improve our quality of life and supports our economy in a responsible manner.

Through the budget process, choices are made to ensure the City services provided to residents align with the priorities in Burlington’s 2018-2022 strategic work plan, From Vision to Focus.

Work to determine the City's 2022 budget is underway. Follow the updates and discussion to learn more and provide your feedback as the City of Burlington determines its annual budget.

Each year, the City of Burlington undergoes an annual budget process to create budgets that support city operations and deliver the programs and services required to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy in our community.

The Budget is more than dollars and cents. It impacts you through the programs and services you receive. Each time you have your road plowed, use a City park or trail, or cool off in a municipal pool or splash pad, you are seeing your tax dollars at work. The City's mission is to provide a balance of services that improve our quality of life and supports our economy in a responsible manner.

Through the budget process, choices are made to ensure the City services provided to residents align with the priorities in Burlington’s 2018-2022 strategic work plan, From Vision to Focus.

Work to determine the City's 2022 budget is underway. Follow the updates and discussion to learn more and provide your feedback as the City of Burlington determines its annual budget.

  • City Council approves 2022 budget

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    City Council approves 2022 budget: 2.87 per cent overall tax increase to maintain City services and infrastructure, and address continued impacts of the pandemic


    Burlington City Council has approved the city’s 2022 budget. The property tax bill is made up of three portions, the City of Burlington, Halton Region, and the Boards of Education. Combined with a budget increase from Halton Region and no change to education taxes, the overall tax increase is 2.87 per cent or $22.36 per $100,000 of a home’s current value assessment. For example, homeowners with a home assessed at $500,000 would pay an additional $111.80 per year or $2.15 per week.

    In comparison to neighbouring municipalities, when looking at a similar type and size of property, the taxes paid in Burlington remain below the group average.

    Each year, the City budgets for expenditures in two areas:

    • Spending for the capital budget is based on a ten-year plan and translates to services that have a direct impact on resident daily life, such as developing new parks, renewing existing roadways or revitalizing recreation facilities. The 2022 capital budget is $77.38 million, with a ten-year program of $829.56 million.
    • Spending for the operating budget is for the City’s day-to-day costs, of delivering services such as fire protection, transit, maintenance of parks, and providing recreational programming. The 2022 operating budget is $191.5 million.

    Key investment priorities of the 2022 budget
    The 2022 budget is focused on:

    Maintaining and enhancing city services

    • Funding to make the free transit service for seniors pilot a permanent program
    • Operating expenses to support the new Orchard Community Hub, the City View pavilion at City View Park and a new splash pad at Tansley Woods Park
    • One-time funding to support a Gypsy Moth spraying program in 2022.

    Ensuring the city’s assets are in a state of good repair

    From the 2022 capital budget:

    • 69% is for infrastructure renewal
    • 10% goes toward growth-related projects
    • 15% is for new/enhanced projects
    • 6% goes towards green projects which support the City’s climate goals.

    Addressing the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

    • Funding to make the bus cleaning pilot program permanent.


    A copy of the approved budget for 2022 will be available online at burlington.ca/budget.

  • 2022 Virtual Budget Town Hall Recording Now Available

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    On Nov. 22, Mayor Meed Ward hosted a virtual budget town hall to take questions and share information about the City's proposed 2022 budget. Thank you to everyone who took part. A video recording of the town hall event can be found below.


  • Recording of the November 22 Budget Town Hall

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    Thanks to everyone that attended the 2022 Budget Town Hall last night, there were some great questions and suggestions shared by residents. The recording will be posted on this project page in the coming days.

  • November 22 Virtual Budget Town Hall

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    Join the Conversation and Learn about the Proposed 2022 Budget

    Hosted by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, the live event will provide residents with an opportunity to ask questions, listen in and learn more about the proposed 2022 budget.

    Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.


  • Open Budget Data

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    The City of Burlington is committed to greater government accountability and financial transparency. This open budget application is designed to display the city's budget data in an accessible, easy-to-understand format using charts, tables and graphs. Take a look around.

  • Do you have a Question You'd Like Addressed during the November 22 Virtual Budget Town Hall?

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    Send your questions in advance of the November 22 Virtual Budget Town Hall. Please submit your questions by 4:30 p.m. on November 19.

    Live questions will also be taken during the town hall.

  • 2022 Budget Overview Report & Appendix is now Available

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    Read the report and appendix that detail what we heard from you. Thanks to everyone that provided input.

    The report is being presented virtually to the Corporate Strategy, Services and Risk Committee on November 3 at 9:30 a.m.

    Requests to delegate to this virtual meeting can be made by completing the online delegation registration form at www.burlington.ca/delegate or by submitting a written request by email to the Office of the City Clerk at clerks@burlington.ca by noon the day before the meeting is to be held. Visit the city's calendar to watch the meeting.

Page last updated: 25 Aug 2022, 10:22 AM