City of Ottawa’s 2018 Budget Consultation Tool

Have Your Say

Once again, the City of Ottawa is taking an interactive approach to keep residents informed about next year’s budget and to provide multiple forums for public feedback. This online simulated budget tool was launched in 2016 and will be used again this year to 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 the 2018 Budget and to see the impact of the decisions that 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.

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

As one component to the City’s overall budget public consultation process, feedback and results from this budget simulator tool will be provided to Council up to the time that the draft budget is tabled on 08 November 2017.

Thank you for your participation.

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 previous year’s (2017 Budget) approved amount.

  3. The tough decisions are done. How did you do? As you respond to the questions below you'll be able to see how your decisions would impact your property taxes and the overall tax levy in the calculator bar at the top.

We welcome your comments to explain your choices or to give us general feedback.

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Housing Services Learn more

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Housing Services

Housing Services provides support to help people find and keep housing. Core services include: emergency shelter response; supported housing; homelessness prevention; administration of social/affordable housing; facilitated development of new affordable and supportive housing.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Housing Services?
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Solid Waste Services Learn more

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Solid Waste Services

Solid Waste Services provides residential waste collection, diversion and disposal services for the residents of the City of Ottawa. In addition, Solid Waste Services is responsible for graffiti removal and biosolids management.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Solid Waste Services?
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Children's Services Learn more

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Children’s Services

Children’s Services, together with community partners, provides high-quality child care and early years services that are accessible, inclusive and affordable to all families. Programming includes child care and subsidies to cover costs, as well as support for child care operators and professionals across the city.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Children’s Services?
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Public Health Learn more

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Public Health

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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Social Services Learn more

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Social Services

Social Services provides employment, financial, residential and home support services to families and individuals in need to promote their self-reliance and quality of life. Works in collaboration with community partners.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Social Services?
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Long-Term Care Learn more

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Long-Term Care

Long-Term Care Services provides nursing and personal care, housekeeping and laundry, nutrition and food services, recreational activities, spiritual care, administration and social worker support services while ensuring a healthy and safe environment for the residents of the City’s Long-Term Care Homes.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Long-Term Care?
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Roads and Traffic Learn more

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Roads and Traffic

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

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Roads and Traffic?
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Program Support Learn more

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Program Support

Program support combines a variety of services critical to the ongoing operations of the municipality.

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

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Recreation and Culture

Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services develops and delivers recreation and cultural services, in collaboration with the community, to encourage 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. The Department also operates and maintains most City buildings.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for Recreation and Culture?
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Ottawa Public Library Learn more

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Ottawa Public Library

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America. The OPL provides access to a comprehensive collection of print and electronic resources and services designed to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. OPL programs and services can be accessed via 33 branches, 2 bookmobiles and a mini bookmobile, a bibliobike, a homebound delivery service, a vending machine style kiosk, and the virtual branch at www.biblioottawalibrary.ca.

Would you increase, decrease or maintain funding for the Ottawa Public Library?
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Ottawa Paramedic Service Learn more

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Ottawa Paramedic Service

Ottawa Paramedic Service delivers medical treatment and transport for all life-threatening and non life-threatening medical emergencies and is an integral part of the City's emergency preparedness team. Programming includes dispatch and land ambulance services; Ottawa Paramedics average 378 responses per day and provide 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 Ottawa Paramedic Service?
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Planning / Economic / Environment / Infrastructure Learn more

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Planning / Economic / Environment / Infrastructure

Planning, Economic and Environmental Services guides growth and regulates the development and delivery of environmental, economic development and infrastructure programs. Planning includes development and implementation of the City’s Official Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan and Zoning By-law. Infrastructure Services provides design, construction and asset management for municipal infrastructure. 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 / Infrastructure?
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Fire Services Learn more

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Fire Services

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 Services?
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Transit Services Learn more

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Transit Services

Transit Services provides safe, convenient, reliable and attractive public transportation services for all.

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

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Ottawa Police Service

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

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

Overall Comments

Please use the space below to provide City Council and/or City staff with any feedback not previously mentioned that 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 2018 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, Business Support Services, Corporate Services Department 613-580-2424 ext 26546.

The following questions will help City staff evaluate the use of the tool and your personal level of understanding of the budget process.

Demographics & Outreach

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

A great feature of the Citizen Budget tool is the ability to provide you with a summary of your budget choices and results. By entering your e-mail address, you will receive a personalized e-mail of this summary. Your e-mail address will not be used for any other purpose. The City of Ottawa’s Privacy Statement can be accessed here.

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