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 2021 Draft Budget Highlights will be available October 23, 2020.

The Approved Budget Highlights document provides a high-level overview of the Council approved changes for 2021.

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

For 2021, the Capital budget book will be released on September 18, 2020. The remaining detailed drafts will be provided to Council and made available to the public at the beginning of November. The public will be given opportunity to provide input to Council regarding the budget during the Budget Input and Grants Council meeting which will be held November 23, 2020.

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 2021 Budget Deliberation meeting will be held on December 1, 2020.

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

2021 Approved Budget Documents

2021 Approved Budgets (Operating, Water, Sewer, and Capital & Reserves)
2021 Approved Fees for Services
2021 Approved Budget Highlights

2021 Draft Budget Documents

2021 Draft Capital – Released September 18, 2020

2021 Draft Operating and Reserves Budgets – Released November 6, 2020
2021 Proposed Fees for Services – Released November 6, 2020
2021 Supplementary Budget Information – Released November 6, 2020

2021 Budget Highlights

2021 Draft Budget Highlights – Released October 23, 2020


2021 Draft Budget Highlights – October 26, 2020
2021 Draft Operating Budget – November 9, 2020