The Finance Department is responsible for the budget process, including the Current (Operating), Capital and Reserves Budgets, and Fees for Services. This financial plan gives staff the guidelines and direction to allocate resources and provide services and infrastructure.

Fees for Services are fees for various programs and services charged by City of Sarnia departments.

The Draft Budget Highlights document provides a high-level overview of the budget process, aspects of the budget, and the proposed changes for 2019.

The Approved Budget Highlights document provides a high-level overview of the approved changes for 2019.

In preparation for the Budget process there are a number of presentations to Council which can be viewed below.

The detailed drafts are made available to the public and provided to Council at the beginning of November for the next year (available November 5, 2018). The public is given opportunity to provide input to Council regarding the budget during a Budget Input and Grants Council meeting generally held later in November (December 17, 2018).

Council will deliberate and approve a budget to fund the core services our citizens rely on at service levels they expect for a high quality of life, to support economic innovation, and to make investments in our community’s future to support revitalization and growth.  The Budget Deliberation meeting is generally held early in December each year, however, the 2019 Budget Deliberations were rescheduled to January 15, 2019.

The Approved Budget is made available after approval by Sarnia City Council.

2019 Approved Budget Documents

2019 Approved Budget Highlights
2019 Approved Budgets (Includes Operating, Water, Sewer, and Capital & Reserves)
2019 Approved Fees for Services

2019 Draft Budget Documents

2019 Draft Budget Highlights
2019 Draft Operating Budget
2019 Proposed Fees for Services
2019 Supplementary Budget Information
2019 Draft Capital and Reserves

Presentations to Council

2019 Directors Presentations – September 17, 2018
2019 Directors Presentations – October 29, 2018
2018 Year End Forecast & 2019 Budget Overview Presentation
2019 Draft Budget Highlights Video Presentation