Nov 02, 2023
By Jane Brown
2024 budget consultations at the City of Toronto are officially underway.
“I need help,” Mayor Olivia Chow told a Wednesday news conference, “The budget committee needs help. We want people to tell us what services matter to them and how much they’re willing to pay for it.”
So Mayor Chow is inviting residents to share their ideas on the city’s 2024 budget.
“In the coming month, starting from today (Wednesday) you can go to toronto.ca/budget and there is a question there or better still, come and visit with the budget committee,” Chow further explained.
• Thursday, November 23, noon to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 3 p.m.
• Tuesday, November 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. or 8:30 to 10 p.m.
• Thursday, November 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m. or 8:30 to 10 p.m.
• Monday, November 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m. or 8:30 to 10 p.m., Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
• Tuesday, November 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. or 8:30 to 10 p.m., Etobicoke Olympium, 590 Rathburn Rd.
• Saturday, November 25, noon to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 3 p.m., Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
• Monday, November 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m. or 8:30 to 10 p.m., North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St.
• Wednesday, November 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m. or 8:30 to 10 p.m., Rexdale Community Hub, 21 Panorama Crt.
Participants are encouraged to register to receive reminders and notifications of any meeting changes. There are two time slots for each meeting and participants can choose their desired time during registration. To register, residents can visit the City’s 2024 Budget webpage: www.toronto.ca/budget.
Mayor Chow and Toronto City Council will use the feedback to help inform decision making at the City and to support discussions with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to secure a new deal for Toronto.
The results will be presented to the Budget Committee when the 2024 Budget launches on January 10, 2024 and will accompany the Budget Committee’s recommendations to Mayor Chow for the Mayor’s budget, which will be released by February 1, 2024.
Once the November consultations conclude, Toronto residents will have additional opportunities to engage in the 2024 Budget process online and in person by writing to members of the Budget Committee, local Councillors and Members of Council, attending a local Councillor’s Budget Townhall and speaking to members of the Budget Committee January 22 and 23, 2024.