News release

City Earns 32nd Consecutive Financial Award of Distinction for 2021 Budget

Local government | October 15, 2021

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded the City of Mississauga with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2021-2024 Business Plan and 2021 Budget Book. This award recognizes the City’s efforts to deliver high-quality budget documents that improve transparency and engagement with residents. This is the 32nd consecutive year that the City has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.

“Year over year, the City maintains its commitment to strong financial management by delivering a thoughtful, balanced, and transparent budget and business plan for residents and businesses,” said Shari Lichterman, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “Mississauga remains committed to delivering good value for money, while always considering the needs of the people we serve and the programs and services they rely upon. By maintaining strong business practices, while continuing to innovate how we present the annual budget, the City can adapt to an ever-changing environment and prioritize resources where they are needed most.”

GFOA award submissions must meet nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentations. The GFOA judges each budget submission for its merit as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications tool.

Lichterman adds, “Thanks to our staff for their commitment to responsible and transparent fiscal planning. Because of their hard work, we’ve been able to develop a budget and business plan that’s accessible and engaging to Mississauga residents and businesses.”

Municipalities who have received the GFOA award have the highest standards of government budgeting and financial reporting.

Review the 2021–2024 Business Plan and 2021 Budget Book.


The GFOA is a non-profit association serving more than 20,000 government finance professionals throughout North America. The purpose of the GFOA is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments for the public benefit. This is achieved by identifying and developing financial policies and best practices and promoting their use through education, training, facilitation of member networking and leadership. GFOA advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve. For more information on their award programs, visit


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