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 the fees for various programs and services charged by City of Sarnia departments.

The Draft Budget Highlights is created annually to provide a high-level overview of the budget process, aspects of the budget, and the proposed changes for the following year. The 2020 Draft Budget Highlights will be available October 25, 2019.

The Approved Budget Highlights document provides a high-level overview of the Council approved changes for 2020.

In preparation for the Budget process there are a number of presentations to Council which will be posted below as they are presented.

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

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 2020 Budget Deliberation meeting will be held on December 3, 2019.

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

2020 Budget Process Schedule

Friday, August 30, 20192020 Grant Submission Deadline
Friday, October 25, 2019Issuance of 2020 Draft Budget Highlights
Monday, November 4, 2019Finance Budget Presentation to Council
(Corporate Priorities/Strategic Planning Meeting)
Monday, November 4, 2019Issuance of 2020 Draft Budget Books
Monday, November 18, 2019Public Input and Grant Session
Tuesday, December 3, 2019Final 2020 Budget Deliberations “Budget Day”

2020 Approved Budget Documents

Available December 2019

2020 Draft Budget Documents

Available November 4, 2019

Presentations to Council

Coming September 2019