City Budget
Budget Basics

Budget Basics

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The Business Plan & Budget process shows how the City turns goals and priorities from the Strategic Plan into action; it serves as the basis for Council’s decision-making. Find out more about what the City is doing and why, and how you can get involved.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the process and who is involved?

The Budget Committee is a Standing Committee of Council. Members include the Mayor and all 11 Ward Councillors. All meetings are open to the public.

Finance staff present an overview of the City’s current and projected finances and business areas present their current service levels, cost pressures, efficiencies and new initiatives for the Committee to consider. Once the Committee approves the proposed budget, it goes to City Council for a vote. See Meeting Agendas & Minutes for details.

Why is the business planning and budget process important?

The process of developing the Business Plan and Budget ensures the City’s resources are spent wisely. It also brings the City's strategic plan to life by providing the necessary funds to move action plans forward. And, it’s important as a democratic process: through their elected representatives, residents have the final say.

Timelines and Process

Mississauga’s Budget Committee first receives an overview of the City’s finances and draft plan for providing programs and services for the year ahead. The Budget Committee then guides the development of business plans and approves budget requests to ensure the City can deliver programs and services approved for that year.

The Business Plan & Budget is guided by the City’s Strategic Plan and long range financial plan.

See the budget committee calendar for all budget committee meeting dates.