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 was held December 12, 2022.

Any citizen, group, or organization who wished to make a presentation on the 2023 Budget could do so during the Public Input and Grants Session meeting.

Council deliberated and approved 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 was held on January 10, 2023. The final 2023 Budget was approved on January 16, 2023.

2023 Approved Budget Documents

2023 Approved Budget Highlights
2023 Approved Operating Budget, including Capital, Reserves, Water & Sewer
2023 Approved Fees for Services

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


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