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 2022 Draft Budget Highlights will be available October 22, 2021.

The Approved Budget Highlights document provides a high-level overview of the Council approved changes for 2022.

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

For 2022, the Capital budget book will be released on September 17, 2021. The remaining detailed drafts will be provided to Council and made available to the public at the beginning of November. The public will then be given opportunity to provide input to Council regarding the budget during the Budget Input and Grants Council meeting which will be held November 22, 2021.

Any citizen, group, or organization who wishes to make a presentation on the 2022 Budget can do so during the Public Input and Grants Session Zoom meeting. Citizens, groups, or organizations wishing to be heard by Council, or written submissions, please register with the City Clerk’s Department by email to, telephone 519-332-0527 ext. 3320, or by mail to 255 Christina Street North, Sarnia, Ontario, N7T 7N2 on or before noon, Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Any person who wishes to address Council during the Public Input and Grants Session Zoom Meeting in regards to the proposed draft budget, and who has not previously registered with the Clerk, will be given an opportunity to register with staff up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting and will be limited for a maximum of five minutes.

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 2022 Budget Deliberation meeting will be held on December 7, 2021.

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

2022 Approved Budget Documents

2022 Approved Budgets (Operating, Water, Sewer, and Capital & Reserves)
2022 Approved Fees for Services
2022 Approved Budget Highlights

2022 Draft Budget Documents

2022 Draft Capital – released September 17, 2021
2022 Draft Operating, Reserves & Updated Capital – released November 5, 2021
2022 Proposed Fees for Services – released November 5, 2021
2022 Supplementary Budget Information – released November 5, 2021

2022 Budget Highlights

2022 Approved Budget Highlights – released December 2021
2022 Draft Budget Highlights – released October 22, 2021


2022 Draft Budget Highlights – October 25, 2021 (presentation begins @ 1hr. 39 min.)
2022 Draft Operating Budget – November 8, 2021