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.

Detailed draft budget documents are prepared annually and provided to Council. These documents are made available to the public at the beginning of November; citizens are then given opportunity to provide budget input to Council during the Budget Input and Grants Council meeting. The 2023 Budget Input and Grant Session will be held December 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

Any citizen, group, or organization who wishes to make a presentation on the 2023 Budget can do so during the Public Input and Grants Session 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, December 7, 2022.

Any person who wishes to address Council during the Public Input and Grants Session 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 2023 Budget Deliberation meeting will be held on January 10, 2023.

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

2023 Approved Budget Documents

To Be Released January 2023

2023 Draft Budget Documents

Released November 4, 2022

2023 Supplementary Budget Information – reports and municipal grant information
2023 Draft Capital & Reserves
2023 Draft Operating Budget

2023 Proposed Fees for Services
Fees for Services are the fees for various programs and services charged by City of Sarnia departments.

2023 Budget Highlights

The Draft Budget Highlights document 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.

2023 Draft Budget Highlights – Updated November 30
2023 Draft Budget HighlightsReleased November 4, 2022


November 21, 2022 – Budget Presentation to Council