2021 Budget Process

What's the process and who is involved?

The budget process is about offering valued programs to the community, making strategic investments in infrastructure and keeping property taxes as low as possible. It ensures the town’s resources are spent wisely as well as brings the town’s Strategic Plan to life by providing the necessary funds to move action plans forward.

The Budget Committee is a Standing Committee of Council. Members include the Mayor and four councillors. The 2021 Budget Committee members are Mayor Rob Burton, Ward 6 Town and Regional Councillor Tom Adams (Chair) as well as Ward 2 Town and Regional Councillor Cathy Duddeck, Ward 5 Town Councillor Marc Grant and Ward 7 Town Councillor Jasvinder Sandhu.

The Budget Committee receives an overview of the town’s finances and a draft plan on how we will deliver our programs and services for the coming year. The town’s Commission (business area) staff will present highlights of their proposed budgets. The Budget Committee reviews the plans, makes recommendations to the proposed budget, and approves requests to ensure appropriate funds are allocated for program and service delivery for that year.

Once the Budget Committee approves the proposed budget, it goes to Town Council for a vote.

Budget Committee meetings

Due to COVID-19, attendance at Town Hall is restricted and public meetings are being held by videoconference only. Meetings will be available to the public on our Live Stream page and the Town of Oakville YouTube channel.

June 16, 2020 – the first meeting of the 2021 Budget Committee was held to commence the budget process. At this meeting, Councillor Tom Adams was appointed as a Chair of the 2021 Budget Committee. For more information, please review the June 16 staff report.

July 7, 2020 – staff provided an overview of the 2021 budget process as well as the preliminary operating budget and capital forecast. For more information, please review the July 7 staff report and the July 7 staff presentation (pdf).

September 15, 2020 – staff provided an update on the 2021 budget. For more information, please review the September 15 staff report and the September 15 staff presentation (pdf).

November 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m. – release of 2021 Budget book, plus rates and fees. For more information, read our news release.

November 19, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – staff presentations to review program budgets in more detail

December 1, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – public delegations

December 3, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – public delegations

December 15, 2020, 1:30 p.m. – Budget Committee deliberations and recommendations

2021 Budget Virtual Open House

Thank you for joining us on Wednesday, November 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. for a virtual open house to learn more about the 2021 Budget, Council’s key budget priorities, and a chance to ask questions.

This open house was hosted by Councillor Tom Adams, Budget Committee Chair, who delivered a brief presentation and overview of the 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

If you missed the open house, please visit our YouTube channel to watch a recording of the meeting.

How to join the meeting

Live streaming video of the 2021 Budget virtual open house will be available on our Live Stream page. You can also view live or archived meetings on the Town of Oakville’s YouTube channel.

How to submit a question

  1. Submit questions in advance:

Submit questions ahead of time in writing, by emailing budget@oakville.ca by November 23. 

  1. Ask a question in real time by phone or email:

During the live meeting, call 905-815-6095 if you wish to ask a questions. Staff will ask the following questions; your name, your question and your telephone number. You will remain on the phone and will be provided with instructions to connect to the meeting. You will enter the meeting muted and when it is your turn to speak, staff will unmute you.

We encourage all residents to participate on November 25 – leave a comment, ask a question, or drop-in and listen in on the session.

Accessibility requirements

If you would like to join the virtual meeting or send questions in advance and have any accessibility needs, please let us know by calling 905-845-6601 (TTY 905-338-4200), emailing budget@oakville.ca or by filling out the accessible online feedback form.

Learn more about the 2021 Budget

Learn more about the town’s 2021 Budget, how to get involved, and explore resources by visiting our 2021 Budget page. 

Council meeting

Monday, December 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Council Chamber, Town Hall
1225 Trafalgar Road

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