St. Catharines Budget 2020

The City of St. Catharines has started the budget process for 2020.

Work is currently underway on the City's 2020 operating budget and water and wastewater budget. The 2020 capital budget was approved by Council on Oct. 7, and the 2020 rates and fees were approved by Council on June 24.

The Budget Standing Committee is meeting regularly on behalf of City Council to address high level strategic budget and policy decisions and provide financial guidance to assist and improve upon the City's budget process, as well as short, medium and long-term financial planning.

The goal each year is to provide residents good value for their tax dollars.

EngageSTC is a space to learn more about the budget process, the 2020 budget as it evolves, and to also share your feedback. Any input will be shared with Council and City staff as part of the process. Please watch for updates, including information about the annual telephone town hall, draft budget documents, public meetings and more.

The City of St. Catharines has started the budget process for 2020.

Work is currently underway on the City's 2020 operating budget and water and wastewater budget. The 2020 capital budget was approved by Council on Oct. 7, and the 2020 rates and fees were approved by Council on June 24.

The Budget Standing Committee is meeting regularly on behalf of City Council to address high level strategic budget and policy decisions and provide financial guidance to assist and improve upon the City's budget process, as well as short, medium and long-term financial planning.

The goal each year is to provide residents good value for their tax dollars.

EngageSTC is a space to learn more about the budget process, the 2020 budget as it evolves, and to also share your feedback. Any input will be shared with Council and City staff as part of the process. Please watch for updates, including information about the annual telephone town hall, draft budget documents, public meetings and more.

  • St. Catharines Council approves 2020 capital budget

    5 days ago

    More than $47 million will be invested in the City’s infrastructure following City Council’s approval of the 2020 Capital Budget.

    St. Catharines City Council passed the $47.8 million capital budget, along with the four-year forecast and asset management status update, at its Oct. 7 meeting. The capital budget funds improvements and upgrades to important infrastructure assets in neighbourhoods across the City, such as roads, bridges, storm sewers, sidewalks and buildings, as well as parks and recreation items such as playgrounds and trees.

    This year marks the first time Council has approved the capital budget prior to the operating budget, one...

    More than $47 million will be invested in the City’s infrastructure following City Council’s approval of the 2020 Capital Budget.

    St. Catharines City Council passed the $47.8 million capital budget, along with the four-year forecast and asset management status update, at its Oct. 7 meeting. The capital budget funds improvements and upgrades to important infrastructure assets in neighbourhoods across the City, such as roads, bridges, storm sewers, sidewalks and buildings, as well as parks and recreation items such as playgrounds and trees.

    This year marks the first time Council has approved the capital budget prior to the operating budget, one of many planned process improvements to the City’s financial management systems. This year’s capital budget also moves expenditures from other budgets to the capital budget. These changes provide more transparency on capital spending and focus capital budgeting on infrastructure needs, rather than prioritizing projects within a specific funding envelope.

    “The 2020 capital budget balances affordability with strategic investments for the future. We are renewing infrastructure, mitigating the impacts of climate change, and building community spaces to support our growing city,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “This budget is part of our financial modernization at the City of St. Catharines, aligning operating costs and capital investments for better planning and transparency.”

    The 2020 capital budget includes funding for projects such as the Canada Summer Games Legacy Project, replacement of the playground at Happy Rolph’s, facility improvements at Bill Burgoyne Arena and the implementation of the first phase of the Sunset Beach visioning. Additionally, linear asset projects for roads, storm sewers, sidewalks, bridges and culverts throughout the City have been approved with the passing of this budget, including the reconstruction of Ridley Road and the construction of an access road for the future GO Train station.

    “This year’s capital budget builds off of the planning over the last several years to address our community’s infrastructure deficit, and it leverages the major community events coming to St. Catharines and Niagara like the Canada Summer Games to help move the community forward,” said Coun. Mat Siscoe, chair of the City’s Budget Standing Committee. “It is encouraging to see the wide support from Council on making our community better for everyone.”

    The capital budget is funded first by available grants, reserves, development contributions, and tax and rate payer contributions, which provided 64% of funding. The 36% remainder is funded by debt.

    The entire 2020 capital budget can be viewed online at www.stcatharines.ca/CapitalBudget.


  • Residents encouraged to have their say on the City’s 2020 budget

    9 days ago

    The Budget Standing Committee and City staff are calling out to residents to gather opinions and ideas about the 2020 operating budget.

    The Mayor and the chair of the City’s Budget Standing Committee, Councillor Mat Siscoe and City staff will answer questions about the 2020 draft operating budget during the annual Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Now in its sixth year, the Telephone Town Hall operates similar to a radio call-in show, except instead of individuals calling in, the City will call 30,000 households and ask residents to participate. Residents will be...

    The Budget Standing Committee and City staff are calling out to residents to gather opinions and ideas about the 2020 operating budget.

    The Mayor and the chair of the City’s Budget Standing Committee, Councillor Mat Siscoe and City staff will answer questions about the 2020 draft operating budget during the annual Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Now in its sixth year, the Telephone Town Hall operates similar to a radio call-in show, except instead of individuals calling in, the City will call 30,000 households and ask residents to participate. Residents will be randomly called. Anyone who wants to register in advance to participate in the call, or to request not to be called, can do so at www.stcatharines.ca/BudgetTalk or by calling Citizens First at 905.688.5600. Registration closes Monday, Oct. 21 at noon.

    Residents will also be able to meet with the Budget Standing Committee and City staff to offer feedback for the 2020 draft operating budget in person at budget open houses on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m., at The St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton St., and Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, 240 St Paul St. W.

    The City has also launched a new budget engagement tool on its online engagement platform, www.EngageSTC.ca. The EngageSTC budget tool is an opportunity to learn more about the budget, see how familiar residents are with the budget process, a forum for residents to share ideas, as well as a chance for residents to ask questions. The page will be used as an ongoing opportunity for residents to learn more about the budget process and share their feedback as the budget evolves.

    Visit www.stcatharines.ca/BudgetTalk for more about the Telephone Town Hall, Budget Talk Open Houses and other budget information.

    Council set to consider 2020 capital budget

    City Council tabled the draft 2020 capital budget at its Sept. 23 meeting. The draft capital budget, four-year forecast and asset management status report will now be considered by Council at its Monday, Oct. 7 meeting.

    The meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catharines City Hall, will include a public meeting, to allow residents to share their feedback about the draft capital budget.

    Residents can find the draft capital budget document online at www.stcatharines.ca/CityBudget.

    The City’s Budget Standing Committee meetings take place at City Hall and are open to the public. Residents can attend in person or stream the meetings online. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/BudgetCommittee for more information.