The City of Ottawa's Citizen Budget Consultation

The interactive Citizen Budget Tool has closed. For more information on the budget, including ways to provide your input, please visit our website. Feel free to explore the tool as much as you wish.

Have your say:

This year, the City of Ottawa is taking an interactive approach to help inform residents about the budget. This online simulated budget tool will help you better understand how your tax dollars are spent. It’s an opportunity to express your views on how residential tax dollars will be used in next year’s budget and to make the decisions City staff and Council face when developing and approving the annual budget.

The simulation is based on urban residential tax rates and does not reflect other tax classes. For more information on the different tax classes please visit our website.

Several City services are excluded from this exercise, specifically Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Services, which are paid through your water bill.

The 2017 simulated budget exercise is a pilot project. The feedback received is not statistically valid and will not directly inform the creation of the proposed budget. Community feedback/results will be provided to Council during the budget process.

Getting started:

  1. Enter your current property value assessment in the space below to see how your tax dollars are allocated. You can also use the default value – the average assessed value for residential homes in Ottawa.

  2. Review the service descriptions. Use the links provided to read background information about City services. Move the sliders left or right to indicate the amount of tax dollars you feel should be allocated to each service. You can simulate a budget increase or decrease, or leave the service at the 2016 approved amount.

  3. The tough decisions are done. How did you do? Check out your City budget to see how your decisions would impact your property taxes and the overall tax levy.

We welcome your comments at the end of the survey to explain your choices or to give us general feedback.

*Please jump to section "Property Tax Breakdown - Preference Summary" to view the following information in table format

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OPERATING

Transit Services Learn more

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Transit Services provides mobility by offering public transportation options that meet the needs and expectations of the largest number of people possible.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Transit?
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Ottawa Police Service

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Ottawa Police Service provides policing services to residents, businesses and visitors.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Police?
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Roads & Traffic Learn more

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Road and Traffic funding is used to manage and maintain the city’s transportation network, which includes roads, sidewalks, walkways and trails.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Roads & Traffic?
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Fire Services Learn more

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Ottawa Fire Services provides emergency and fire response, suppression and rescue services. The service also enforces fire safety standards, conducts inspections and investigations, and promotes fire safety and prevention through public education.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Fire Service?
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Program Support

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Program support combines a variety of services critical to the ongoing operations of the municipality. Services include centralized management of City parks, buildings and grounds, as well as the fleet of vehicles and equipment used for snow removal and municipal operations, and by police, by-law, paramedic and fire services.

Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance and Communications services are also included, along with governance support and legal services for elected officials and all City departments.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Program Support?
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Parks, Recreation & Culture Learn more

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Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services develops and delivers recreation and cultural programming to encourage a healthy and active lifestyles, and to contribute to Ottawa’s cultural identity and heritage. Programming is offered in arenas, pools, parks, sports fields, cultural facilities and community centres.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Parks, Recreation & Culture?
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Social Housing Learn more

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Social Housing services provides support to help keep people housed. Programming includes rental subsidies and affordable housing, temporary emergency shelter, assistance with renovations for older adults and people with disabilities, and support for vulnerable adults who need care services to remain independent.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Housing?
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Ottawa Public Library Learn more

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The Ottawa Public Library provides access to a comprehensive collection of print and electronic resources to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Programming aims to build community and transform lives through mobile and outreach services and 34 branches, including the popular virtual branch.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Library?
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Social Services Learn more

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Social Services offers assistance at Community and Social Support Centres to help residents meet basic needs. Programming includes help with employment, financial assistance and access to health, recreation and community services.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Social Services?
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Ottawa Paramedic Service Learn more

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Ottawa Paramedic Service delivers medical treatment for life-threatening medical emergencies and is an integral part of the City's emergency preparedness team.

Programming includes dispatch and land ambulance services for more than 350 responses per day, marine paramedics for waterways, tactical paramedics for police operations, and bike paramedics for high population special events and festivals.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Paramedics?
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Planning, Economic & Environment Learn more

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Planning, Economic and Environmental Services guides growth and regulates the development and delivery of environmental and economic development programs. Planning Services programming includes development and implementation of the City’s Official Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan and Zoning By-law. Economic Development services include programs like Invest Ottawa, the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, and Events Ottawa.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Planning, Economic & Environment?
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Garbage & Recycling Learn more

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The City of Ottawa collects an $82 flat fee for bi-weekly residential garbage pick-up. The tax rate portion provides for residential recycling and organics collection and composting.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Garbage & Recycling?
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Child Care Learn more

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Child care services provides support for parents and child care professionals. Programming includes daycare and help to cover daycare costs, as well as support for daycare operators and child care professionals across the city.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Child Care?
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Long Term Care Learn more

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Long Term Care Services provides seniors with quality long-term care. Programming includes nursing and personal care, physiotherapy, housekeeping, food preparation, recreational activities, spiritual care and social worker support services.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Long Term Care?
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Public Health Learn more

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Ottawa Public Health delivers public health programs and services to improve the health and wellbeing of Ottawa residents. Core functions include surveillance, health promotion, disease prevention and health protection.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Public Health?
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Property Tax breakdown - Preference Summary

FIXED TAX RATE

The following are fixed and will not be changed as part of the annual budget.

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation Learn more

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is a not-for-profit corporation created by the Province of Ontario and funded by all Ontario municipalities.

MPAC’s role is to accurately assess and classify all properties in Ontario in compliance with the Assessment Act and regulations set by the Government of Ontario.

The following amount from your property tax bill goes towards Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

Capital Financing

These are costs associated with the repayment of borrowed funds and contributions to reserve funds to fund capital projects.

The following amount of your property tax bill goes towards Capital Financing.

Additional questions:

Please use the space below to provide City Council and/or City staff with any feedback you have on the City budget or the simulated budget exercise. City Council and staff will not respond directly to questions asked through this exercise. If you have questions, please contact your Ward Councillor directly.

General Questions

Personal information collected in this survey will be used to inform the City of Ottawa’s 2017 budget process. The opinions and demographic information provided will help City Council identify public priorities and interests related to budget items. Your participation is voluntary. Providing your email address is optional and will only be used to send you an email containing the link to a website with data on your budget choices compared to the community’s overall responses. All individual responses will be kept confidential and will only be used to summarize the overall feedback received from the public.

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, and in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (MFIPPA).

For questions regarding the City’s budget simulator, please contact Manager, Policy and Planning, Finance Department 613-580-2424 ext 26546.

The simulated budget exercise is a pilot project. The following questions will help City staff evaluate the use of the tool and your personal level of understanding of the budget process.

Tell us about yourself

Please provide your email address if you wish to receive a summary of your choices compared to all respondents.

We will not share your email address or other contact information with any third parties.

If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".