The budget is a financial plan that describes how much money the City will raise and spend. It determines the level of service provided to Toronto residents and guides decisions on what City infrastructure will be built and repaired.

Each year, City staff put forward a preliminary budget and then the Mayor and City Council − with input from Toronto residents and businesses − make decisions about the City’s services, programs and infrastructure and approve the final budget.

The budget is about setting goals and building a great city – together. We need your feedback on the proposed 2021 budget!

Budget Committee

  Rate Tax
Launch November 6, 2020 January 14, 2021
Committee Review November 23, 2020 January 20-22, 2021
Public Presentation November 23, 2020 January 25-26, 2021
Wrap-Up N/A January 28, 2021
Budget Committee Final Wrap-Up N/A February 4, 2021

Executive Committee

Rate Tax
December 10, 2020 February 11, 2021

City Council

Rate Tax
December 16, 2020 February 18-19, 2021

What is a deputation?

A deputation is a short five-minute speech where you can share your comments directly with Budget Committee members.

How long is a deputation?

The usual public deputation speaking time is five minutes. However, when the list of speakers is long, the committee can choose to reduce the speaking time. Prepare speaking notes for approximately three minutes. Try to make all the points you want to make in the time that’s allotted.

Will Councillors ask me questions?

Councillors may ask questions following a deputation.

What are the dates for the tax-supported budget?

Monday, January 25, 2021 and Tuesday, January 26, 2021

  • Web conferences (connection instructions will be provided to participants)
  • Live webstreams are available at toronto.ca/council

Register to speak at buc@toronto.ca or 416-392-4666. Indicate your choice of date. Please register to speak by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2021.

Individuals may only make one presentation. Registered public speakers will be provided with instructions to connect to the web conference meeting.

The meeting will be streamed live online at youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive.

If you do not want to make a live deputation, you can submit a written deputation to the Budget Committee by email to buc@toronto.ca, or by mail to Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 10th floor, West Tower, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2.

You can also send a letter or email to your local City Councillor. For information on how to contact your City Councillor, call 311 or visit toronto.ca/council.

City Council and Committee meetings will be streamed live online at youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive.

For more information visit toronto.ca/council.