2020 Budget

2020 Budget Public Input

Residents are invited to share their priorities for the 2020 municipal budget from November 6 to 22, 2019. A survey and budget allocation tool is available online at overtoyou.greatersudbury.ca. Printed surveys are available at Greater Sudbury Public Libraries and Citizen Service Centres. In-person engagement opportunities will be available throughout November. 

The budget guides how the City will serve you over the next year. Property taxes pay for municipal services and the buildings, roads and systems that support the work we do. We work hard to provide the services you expect while keeping taxes manageable. 

Learn more about the budget process and how the City budget affects you.

Watch these short videos to learn more about the City budget.

2020 Proposed Budget

The 2020 proposed budget has been brought before Council. Download the slideshow from the presentation by Ed Archer, Chief Administrative Officer: CAO 2020 Budget Presentation (PDF, 19,034 KB) or watch the presentation below (starting at the 7:25 mark).

Download the entire 2020 Budget document (PDF, 9,358 KB) or check out our links below to read just the parts that interest you most.

Community Profile

Icon CommunityGet the facts about Greater Sudbury, and read about how our values shape our decisions.

Community Profile (PDF, 582 KB)

Budget Overview

Icon calculator with a small dollar signThe Budget Overview describes the financial opportunities and challenges that affect the budget. 

Budget Overview (PDF, 464 KB)

Organizational Summary

icon with the four basic math symbolsIf you just want the numbers, this section is for you! This at-a-glance version of the budget shows the combined spending for services and projects.

Organizational Summary (PDF, 157 KB)


Icon with a hand displaying a gear symbolGet to know your City services! Read about all 58 City services in detail, including 2019 accomplishments, and plans for the coming year.

Services (PDF, 3,760 KB)

Business Cases

Icon of a stack of papers showing a bar chart and informationBusiness cases are plans proposed by City staff for a fee, staffing or service-level change in their department. Find them all in this section. 

Business Cases (PDF, 1,113 KB)


Icon with a road and a bridgeThe plan for keeping City roads, buildings and systems in shape is also called the Capital Budget. Read about all the investments recommended for the coming year.

Projects (PDF, 1,440 KB)


Icon with a tap and a water dropWhat could be more important to our health than the water we drink, cook and clean with? The financial details of the systems that deliver and treat our water and wastewater are described in this section.

Water/Wastewater (PDF, 629 KB)

Service Partners

Icon of a handshakeSudbury Airport Community Development Corporation, Conservation Sudbury, Public Health Sudbury & Districts and the Greater Sudbury Police Service all receive funding from the City. Read the plans to see how these groups deliver front-line services to our community.

View their budgets and overviews here:

Service Partners (PDF, 221 KB)

User Fees

Icon of an admission ticket showing a dollar signFrom facility rentals to parking fees, the user fees we pay help to fund important services City-wide. This section describes what the fees will be in 2020.

User Fees (PDF, 727 KB)


Icon of an open book with the letter A on the left and lines on the rightThese Appendices explain the vocabulary used in Budget documents. 

Appendices (PDF, 147 KB)


Download the entire 2020 Budget document. (PDF, 9,358 KB)

2020 Budget Direction

City Council directed staff to build a budget of no more than a 3.5 per cent property tax increase, with options to reduce this to a 3 per cent and a 2.5 per cent property tax increase. Staff are also recommending a 1.5 per cent special capital levy designed to address the infrastructure funding requirement, for a total property tax increase of 5 per cent.

Budget direction 2020

2020 Budget Schedule 

Activity Date

2020 Budget Update

September 17, 2019
Online Community Consultation - Online Submissions Fall 2019

Table Budget Document

  • 2020 Operating and Capital Budget Overview Presentation (CAO and CFO)
  • Presentation from Outside Boards (tentative)

November 6, 2019

Budget Meeting

  • Review and Approve Operating and Capital Budgets and Water/Wastewater Rates
  • Three consecutive meetings have been scheduled

December 3, 4, 5, 2019

City Council Approval of 2020 Operating and Capital Budget

December 10, 2019

Approval of 2020 Property Tax Policy May 2020