Note: This backgrounder was revised on January 10, 2024, to update the public engagement information.
For the City of Toronto’s 2024 Budget, Mayor Olivia Chow and Councillor Shelley Carroll (Don Valley North), Chair of the Budget Committee, are opening up City Hall and the City’s budget process, which will be transparent, collaborative and involve residents.
While provincial legislation has evolved with Bill 3, the authority for revenue sources such as tax levies, user fees and direct taxes remains vested in City Council. Council also retains decision-making power when the Mayor declares a financial interest in any matter, as communicated in advance to the City Clerk.
From November 1 to 30, Toronto residents are invited to join Mayor Chow, Councillor Carroll, members of the Budget Committee and other Torontonians to share their ideas about the City’s 2024 Budget and Toronto’s future in one of eight virtual and in-person consultations and through an online survey and tool.
To participate in the virtual consultations, residents can visit the City’s 2024 Budget webpage.
In addition to the virtual and in-person consultations, starting today until November 30, Toronto residents will have the opportunity to complete an online survey and use an online tool to share their ideas for Toronto’s future and review and respond to other ideas. The survey and online tool are available on the City’s 2024 Budget webpage.
Mayor Chow and Toronto City Council will use the feedback to help inform decision-making at the City and to support discussions with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to secure a new deal for Toronto.
The results will be presented to the Budget Committee when the 2024 Budget launches on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 and will accompany the Budget Committee’s recommendations to Mayor Chow for the Mayor’s budget, which will be released on Thursday, February 1, 2024.
The budget process will then follow its standard procedures. This will include a presentation by the City Manager and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to launch the staff prepared budget, service area and selected agency presentations, and public presentations to hear feedback from Toronto residents.
As required by provincial legislation, the Mayor will propose her budget to the City Clerk and Members of Council. Council will then evaluate the Mayor’s budget, alongside other budget-related items within its authority, at a special meeting.
Toronto residents and businesses are encouraged to continue sharing feedback about the City’s 2024 Budget at one of three telephone town halls:
To participate, Toronto residents and businesses can call 1-833-490-0778 toll-free at the time of the telephone town hall.
The Budget Committee will also hear from residents in person and by video conference at meetings held:
Speakers are asked to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 416-392-4666 – indicating their preferred date and time – before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 19. Individuals may only make one presentation. Registered public speakers will be given instructions on appearing at the Committee meeting. The meeting will be live streamed on the Toronto City Council YouTube channel.
Written comments can be submitted to the Budget Committee by email: email@example.com or by mail: Attention Budget Committee, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 10th floor, West Tower, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2.
Comments can also be provided to Members of Council in writing. Contact information is available from 311 or 416-338-0TTY (0889) or on the City’s Members of Council webpage.
Regulations prescribe the process for the City’s annual budget:
More information is available on the City’s 2024 Budget webpage.
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