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2018 Budget Engagement

Let’s build the budget together.

Update June 27, 2017 – A Public Engagement Report which summarizes what we heard from Winnipeggers during the 2018 budget engagement is now available online. Please visit the Documents tab to view the full report and summaries.

Want to know more about how the budget gets built? Check out our newest video to learn more.

2018 Budget engagement stats:

  • 17 pop ups were held all over Winnipeg
  • 900+ interactions with residents
  • 250+ surveys completed by the public
  • 600+ surveys completed by City of Winnipeg employees
  • 76 ideas posted to the idea wall
  • 52 submissions to the budget allocator

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This year, the City of Winnipeg is facing some difficult decisions to close the gap between forecasted tax supported spending and revenues in 2018 from last year’s budget process. The budget must strike a balance between current fiscal challenges and investment in services and infrastructure. The City is legally required to balance its budget under The City of Winnipeg Charter.

As the City keeps growing, demands on City services and infrastructure keep growing and outpacing the City’s ability to fund them adequately. A budget will be prepared that reflects citizens’ priorities for key services and infrastructure while investing in the future of our city. The 2018 budget will be built with Winnipeggers by identifying collaborative and creative solutions to close the gap in the budget.

Building on last year’s goal of increasing public engagement in the budget development process, this year’s public engagement process was enhanced through the addition of an online budgeting tool, idea forum and numerous pop up events throughout Winnipeg. To learn more about how you can participate, please visit the Engage tab.



Document Name Date Type
2017 Community Trends Performance Report Volume 1 2016-07-01 Report
2017 Adopted Operating and Capital Budget Volume 2 2016-12-13 Report
2017 Adopted Capital Project Detail Volume 3 2016-12-13 Report
Pop-up presentation boards 2017-04-05 Boards
Pop-up Postcard 2017-04-05 Communication
Metro advertisement 2017-04-05 Advertisement
Public Engagement What We Heard Report 2017-06-27 Report
Public Engagement Summary 2017-06-27 Report
Internal Survey Summary 2017-06-27 Report


Let’s build the budget together.

Last year, during the 2017 budget consultations, we heard that Winnipeggers wanted to be involved earlier in the budget development process. The 2018 budget development process started with your feedback. The City of Winnipeg is committed to working collaboratively with the public to prepare a balanced budget for 2018. Winnipeggers had multiple opportunities to provide their input for the budget development process through this year’s public engagement program, including an online survey, budgeting tool, idea forum, and pop-up events located throughout the City.

The 2018 budget consultations took place between April 5, and April 30, 2017. The public feedback gathered through this process will allow the City to develop a budget that reflects Winnipeggers’ priorities for key services and infrastructure while investing in the future of our city. Feedback was compiled into a Public Engagement Report to provide input in the budget development process. Please visit the Documents tab to view the full report and summaries.

Winnipeggers will still have the opportunity to participate in the 2018 budget development process by registering as a delegation at Standing Policy Committee meetings once the preliminary budget is tabled. To register as a delegation for Budget participation please contact 311.


Frequently Asked Questions

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What components make up the City of Winnipeg’s budget?

The City budget is made up of two components: the operating budget and the capital budget. The capital budget represents a finite amount of money to be invested in specific projects. Examples of capital budget expenditures are road and bridge renewals, new facilities and facility upgrades and technology upgrades. The operating budget is where the money to keep things running on an on-going basis is represented. Examples of operating budget expenditures are labour costs, facility costs, and debt repayment.

Date added: March 23, 2017

Where does the money come from to support the operating budget?

2018 Tax Supported Projected Revenues - $1,084.8 million

2018 Projected Revenues pie chart
Pie chart showing 2018 projected revenues of $1,084.8 million: 54.0%, $586.2 million, in Property Tax; 5.2%, $56.2 million, in Other, *Includes dividends from utilities, annual payment from the sale of Winnipeg Hydro and miscellaneous department revenue; 2.2%, $24.0 million, in Transfers from other funds; 1.7%, $18.0 million in Interest; 5.9%, $64.2 million in Sale of goods and services; 5.4%, $59.0 million in Regulation fees; 12.0%, $130.4 million in Government grants; 5.8%, $63.2 million in Street renewal frontage levy; 2.4%, $26.1 million in Other taxation; and 5.3%, $57.5 million in Business tax.

Date added: March 23, 2017

What are the City of Winnipeg's projected tax supported expenditures for 2018?

2018 Tax Supported Projected Expenditures - $1,173.6 million

2018 Projected Expenditures pie chart
Pie chart showing 2018 projected expenditures of $1,173.6 million: 25.1%, $295.0 million, for Police Service; 21.7%, $255.2 million for Public Works; 18.0%, $211.2 million for Fire Paramedic Service; 10.5%, 122.7 million for Community Services; 4.0%, $47.4 million for Planning, Property and Development; 0.9%, $10.6 million for Land Drainage; 2.0%, $23.3 million for Solid Waste Collection; 1.2%, $14.1 million for Street Lighting; 3.2%, $37.1 million for Corporate Support Services; 1.8%, $20.6 million for Assessment and Taxation; 0.8%, $9.3 million for Corporate Finance; 1.2%, $14.3 million for City Clerk's; 1.4%, $16.4 million for Other Departments **Includes Chief Administrative Offices, Mayor's Office, Audit, Office of Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Legal Services, Museums; 2.5%, $29.3 million, for Corporate, *Fixed corporate costs; and 5.7%, $67.1 million, for Contribution to Transit.

Date added: March 23, 2017

What is the gap between spending and revenues for the 2018 budget?

The City is facing a projected tax supported shortfall of over $88 million. The City is legally required to balance its budget and is not permitted to run a deficit under The City of Winnipeg Charter.

Why is there a gap between forecasted spending and revenues for the 2018 budget?

Budgetary challenges didn’t happen overnight. The increased demand on services, due largely to growth and other factors, has outpaced the City’s ability to fund them adequately.

1997 - The City of Winnipeg had comparably high residential property taxes relative to other Canadian cities.

1998 - The City began freezing property taxes (and therefore revenue received.)

1998-2011 - Property taxes were either cut or frozen. By the end of the period the City had an overall 6% property tax revenue reduction. But the city still grew and tax-supported expenditures continued increasing.

Over the last 15 years (1999-2016), other cities have continued to approve annual property tax increases for use for both their operating budgets and their capital/infrastructure budgets.

Cumulatively, these amount to significant increases relative to Winnipeg’s 9.0%, as displayed in the table below.

1999-2017 Annual Property Tax Increases for Canadian Municipalities
City Cumulative 1999 to 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 1999 to 2016 2017
Vancouver 36.7% 1.2% 5.8% 2.0% 2.0% 2.8% 2.0% 1.9% 2.4% 2.3% 59.1% 2.0%
Edmonton 35.3% 7.5% 7.3% 5.0% 3.9% 5.4% 3.3% 4.9% 5.7% 3.4% 81.7% 3.4%
Calgary 32.6% 4.5% 5.3% 4.8% 5.0% 6.0% 5.5% 5.0% 4.5% 3.5% 76.7% 0.0%
Saskatoon 28.8% 5.4% 2.9% 3.9% 4.0% 4.0% 5.0% 7.4% 5.3% 3.96% 70.7% 3.9%
Regina 20.8% 2.8% 0.0% 4.0% 4.0% 3.9% 4.5% 5.9% 3.9% 3.3% 53.1% 4.2%
Winnipeg -6.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.5% 3.9% 2.95% 2.3% 2.33% 9.0% 2.33%

Tax Supported Operating Budget - Forecast

Tax Supported Operating Budget - Forecast line graph

In addition to the freeze on property taxes, the gap between forecasted tax supported expenditures and revenues is due to other factors, including:

  • Population growth;
  • Increasing costs of construction, and;
  • Increasing costs of labour and staffing levels.

Date added: March 23, 2017

How does the average homeowner’s tax bill contribute to each city service?
2016 Basket of Tax Supported Services
Amount average homeowner's tax bill contributes to each City service
Service Per Year ($) Per Month ($) % of Total
Police Service 495 41 29.9
Fire Service 249 21 15.0
Public Transit 149 12 9.0
Street Maintenance 103 9 6.2
Organizational Support Service 92 8 5.6
Recreation 83 7 5.0
Parks and Urban Forestry 81 7 4.9
Roadway Snow Removal and Ice Control 71 6 4.3
Libraries 60 5 3.6
Solid Waste Collection 40 3 2.4
Assiniboine Park Conservancy 39 3 2.3
City Beautification 36 3 2.2
Council Services 31 3 1.9
Medical Response 29 2 1.8
Street Lighting* 27 2 1.7
Arts, Entertainment & Culture 17 1 1.0
Insect Control 15 1 0.9
311 Contact Centre 10 1 0.6
Community Livability 9 1 0.5
City Planning, Inspection & Housing 7 1 0.4
Assessment & Taxation 6 0.47 0.3
Animal Services 3 0.24 0.2
Cemeteries 2 0.19 0.1
Golf Services 1 0.13 0.1
Economic Development 1 0.10 0.1
City Property Tax Bill for Average House** $1,656 $138 100.0%
Street Maintenance Frontage Levy*** $273 $23
Total City Property Tax Bill for Average House $1,929 $161
*Street lighting originally included in Police Service is now disclosed separately.
**Based on average home assessed at $288,190 in 2016.
***Based on $5.45 per frontage, on a 50 foot lot.

Date added: March 23, 2017

How does the City of Winnipeg build its budget?
Performance Measurements
  • Departments report and analyze performance measures to assess performance against previous years, other municipalities, targets, and citizen satisfaction. This information is available in Volume 1 of the budget.
Public Engagement
  • Budget Consultation allows citizens to provide feedback through various avenues including online and in-person options in the community.
  • An annual citizen survey is also undertaken.
Budget Development
  • The previous year’s adopted budget, adjusted to reflect recent City Council approvals and any new developments, forms the starting point for budget development.
  • Budgets are updated by the departments and submitted for administrative review and corporate compilation.
Table Preliminary Budgets
  • The Executive Policy Committee has responsibility for budget development.
  • The Preliminary Operating and Capital Budgets are tabled at a meeting of Executive Policy Committee.
Committee Review
  • The Executive Policy Committee refers the preliminary operating and capital budget to the City’s Standing Policy Committees for review and recommendations.
  • The Committees hear presentations by departments. Members of the public and interest groups may also make presentations at these meetings.
  • The Executive Policy Committee provides for delegations from the public and reviews the recommendations from the Standing Policy Committees. Recommendations are finalized by the Executive Policy Committee and forwarded to Council.
Council Approval
  • Council debates, amends, and adopts the operating and capital budget forwarded from the Executive Policy Committee.
  • Council then passes a by-law to set the mill rate for the operating tax-supported budget.

Date added: March 23, 2017



Term Definition
Expenditures The amount of money the City spends on services, infrastructure and other expenses.
Revenues The amount of money the City receives from taxes, levies, grants and other sources.
Surplus The amount of money by which the City’s revenues exceed expenditures.
Deficit The amount of money by which the City’s expenditures exceed revenues.
Shortfall A projection of the amount of money by which budgeted expenditures exceed revenues.
Balanced Budget A budget where expenditures and revenues are equal in a year.
Capital Budget The annual amount of money the City may spend on capital projects and investments, as determined by Council.
Operating Budget The annual amount of money the City may spend on daily operating requirements, as determined by Council.
Executive Policy Committee A committee that provides advice to Council on matters that affects the City as a whole, including policies, plans, budgets, bylaws.
Standing Policy Committee A committee that provides advice to Council on specific matters.

Standing Policy Committees are:

  • Standing Policy Committee on Finance
  • Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works
  • Standing Policy Committee on Innovation
  • Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development
  • Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks
  • Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment
Last update: February 28, 2020

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