2021 Budget

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.

2021 Budget Direction

The City of Greater Sudbury is preparing the municipal budget for City Council’s review and approval early in 2021. The goal is to prepare a plan that delivers public services which meets the community’s highest priority needs, at a cost that includes no more than a 3.9% property tax increase over 2020. 

The City of Greater Sudbury is in 58 lines of service, and each service is important to some segment of the community. Nonetheless, adjustments will be required to balance the budget and keep total costs within the 3.9% guideline Council established. Depending on your perspective, these adjustments have significant implications, as they require a reduction of at least $14.6 million from current budgeted levels.  Just for comparison, this amount would be the equivalent cost of all the services and programs provided by Parks and Leisure.

There are several ways to make these types of reductions. Service levels could be reduced to lower the total cost. User fees could be increased to offset the reduced subsidy provided by taxpayers. Changes to how the service is delivered, for example, making it available online only, could be considered. Of course, some combination of these approaches will likely be required.

View the presentation by Ed Archer, Chief Administrative Officer on August 11, 2020 or watch the presentation below.

CAO 2021 Budget Presentation (PDF, 537 KB)

COVID-19 and the 2021 Municipal Budget

The global COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected our plans and projects for the year. Staff regularly presents to Council and Committee outlining the financial implications associated with the City's COVID-19 response. These reports describe the effects of COVID-19 on our organization, the efforts we're taking to mitigate those effects and how we plan to achieve the outcomes described in Council’s 2019-2027 Strategic Plan.

2021 Budget Schedule

Activity Date

2020 Budget Update

September 15, 2020

Additional Meetings to Discuss 2021 Service Levels


Budget Direction

November 3, 2020

Public Engagement Opportunities

November and December 2020

Table Budget Document

  • 2021 Operating and Capital Budget Overview Presentation by the CAO and CFO
  • Presentation from Outside Boards including:
    • Greater Sudbury Police Service
    • Greater Sudbury Utilities
    • Conservation Sudbury
    • Public Health Sudbury & Districts
    • Greater Sudbury Airport

February 2021

Budget Meeting

  • Review and Approve Operating and Capital Budgets and Water/wastewater Rates

March 2021, 6 meetings

City Council Approval of 2021 Operating and Capital Budget

March 2021

Approval of 2020 Property Tax Policy May 2021

*Additional meeting dates and times will be posted on Agendas Online.

2021 Budget Engagement

Please note: The formal public input process is now closed.

We want to hear from you. Tell us your priorities for public services provided by your municipal government. Consider how you want your city to look, feel and work not just today, but in the years ahead.

You are invited to learn more about the upcoming municipal budget and share feedback about the programs and services that matter most to you and your family.

Information about the budget is available on the City’s online engagement platform, Over to You, found at overtoyou.greatersudbury.ca. Regular updates will be posted here throughout budget deliberations.

Share what you feel is important for the year’s budget:

  • Fill out a short survey to tell us about the services and programs you use most;
  • Use the tax calculator tool to see where your current property taxes are used, and;
  • Share ideas for spending priorities and desired service levels.

Print versions of the survey are available at Libraries and Citizen Service Centres. Residents who may not have access to internet or cannot attend in person at a City facility to pick up their printed survey, can call 311 for assistance.

Those wishing to provide additional comments with the Mayor and Council as they prepare the budget are welcome to email budget@greatersudbury.ca.

To discuss engagement opportunities for your community group, please contact the City's Communications and Engagement Team via email or by telephone at 705-674-4455 ext. 2345.