Council Review Gets Underway: Proposed 2020 City Budget Released

Posted On Friday January 03, 2020

The proposed 2020 Municipal Budget forms the starting point for City Council’s detailed review and provides an increase in the municipal tax levy after growth of $4.5 million or 2.32%. 

“The demand for services continues to rise in Thunder Bay, especially in the area of emergency services and public safety and as a result of socio-economic factors,” said Norm Gale, City Manager. “This budget is considerate of such demand in an environment of reduced provincial funding without substantial cuts or decreases to services.”

“Continued efforts to find efficiencies along with opportunities for additional revenue sources assisted in offsetting lower provincial funding and inflationary cost increases,” said Linda Evans, GM- Corporate Services & Long Term Care, City Treasurer.

2020 Key Budget Drivers

  • Expansion and increased expenditures to Police Services - $1.9 million
  • Expansion for Next Generation 911 - $0.4 million
  • Reduced annual funding through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund - $0.7 million.
  • Increase to fringe benefits (CPP & LTD) - $0.6 million
  • Final transition of Solid Waste Diversion/Recycling costs to tax supported operations - $0.6 million
  • Increased debenture payments (Police / Fire Radios) - $0.4 million
  • Other expansions including City Solicitor, and costs associated with new assets - $0.4 million
  • Increased levy from Thunder Bay District Health Unit - $0.2 million
  • Increase to the capital budget funded by the tax levy - $0.2 million

Key drivers have been offset by:

  • Reduction to Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board levy budget - $0.7 million
  • Thunder Bay Hydro Corporation one time dividend - $0.5 million
  • Net impact of Tbaytel dividend policy update - $0.5 million
  • User fee increases - $0.4 million
  • Lower Transit budget to align with actual expenditures- $0.4 million

Investment in infrastructure renewal continues. The proposed 2020 Net Capital budget of $14.9 million represents an increase of $0.2 million over 2019 levels.  

The Public Pre-Budget & Post-Budget Deputation Meetings will take place on Jan. 9, and Feb. 3, at 6:30 pm, at City Hall in Council Chambers. Council’s Budget Reviews will take place on Jan. 14, 16, 22, and 29, with approval expected on Monday, Feb. 10.

The proposed 2020 Capital and Operating Budgets and Community Handbook are now available at the Waverley and Brodie Library branches, or can be accessed online at


Contact:       Linda Evans, GM – Corporate Services & Long Term Care, Treasurer, 625-2241

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