Municipal Finances

2019 Municipal Budget

Discussions and preparations for the 2019 municipal budget are well underway at the City of Thunder Bay.  On January 10, 2019, your Chamber will have the opportunity to make a deputation to Council about the budget.  Visit the City of Thunder Bay website for up-to-date information on the 2019 budget.

2019 Budget Key Dates

  • Jan. 3, 2019:   2019 Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets (available online and at Waverly or Brodie Library).  Community workbook and online comment form are available for public input into the budget (available online and at the Office of the City Clerk – 1st floor of City Hall, Waverly or Brodie Library)
  • Jan. 8, 2019:   Long-term financial overview presentation at City Council – 6:30 pm start
  • Jan. 10, 2019:   Public pre-budget deputation meeting at City Hall, Council Chambers – 6:30 pm start
    • Deputation request letters are not required, but those received by the Office of the City Clerk no later than Monday, Dec. 17 will be printed in the meeting agenda and will be heard before walk-in speakers.
    • Walk-in speakers are welcome and will be heard in the order of their arrival (a sign-in sheet will be available).
      No Powerpoint presentations will be permitted.
    • For information, contact the Office of the City Clerk at 625-2230
  • Jan. 15, 17, 23, 30, 2019: Council budget review meetings at City Hall, Council Chambers – 5:30 pm start
  • Feb. 4, 2019: Budget ratified by City Council subject to approval on Jan 30, 2019 – City Hall, Council Chambers – 6:30 pm start

Visit the City of Thunder Bay website for more information.

The Issue: 

Our members tell us that they want the city to reduce non-essential services and focus on core municipal duties; to eliminate duplication and look to streamlined processes and new technologies to find efficiencies.

The Chamber has long advocated for a review of the city’s core services that would be the starting point of an informed, community-wide discussion on the future of municipal expenditures. This review would help to educate citizens about the number and cost of programs that the City must provide to meet Municipal Act obligations as well as the number and cost of non-mandated services. A conversation could then begin on the relative value of non-mandated municipal programs in our community’s pursuit of its strategic plan.

What We Do for You:  

  1. We monitor the City Council agenda for items related to this issue.
  2. We participate annually in pre-budget consultations with City Administration and City Council
  3. We maintain open dialogue with the City Manager and individual City Councillors on municipal finance issues as they arise.
  4. We keep our Members abreast of issues and concerns as they are identified.
  5. We developed the City of Opportunity platform for the 2018 municipal election and will be using it as a guide for our advocacy efforts with the City as we move forward.  Learn more about the platform here.

How You Can Participate:

  1. Share your views on city spending and taxation through our annual survey.
  2. Contact us with specific concerns, or to ensure you’re on our contact list for this issue.

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce' advocacy work is made possible thanks to the generous support of our

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