This year the City of Ottawa tabled a spending plan for 2012 that will keep Ottawa on a course that is sustainable for the long-term. Following on the solid fiscal framework Council put in place last year, Budget 2012 proposes a tax increase of just 2.39 per cent – the lowest rate in 5 years. We deliver this modest tax plan while continuing to make the ambitious changes we need to strengthen our finances, assets and services.

Budget Documents

– Mayor Watson’s 2012 Budget Address

– Budget at a Glance

– Ottawa on the Move

– Building on Success 

– Regional Highlights

– City Infrastructure Funding

– 2012 Draft Operating Capital Budgets

Highlights from Draft Budget 2012

 – A proposed tax increase of just 2.39% – the lowest rate in 5 years.

 – Forty-seven full time equivalent positions have been eliminated in Budget 2012 contributing to savings of more than $3.4 million each and every year.

 – Transit fares held in check: This year even with fuel prices up by more than 12% and ridership up by 6%, we have once again kept fare increases to 2.5%.

 – Police, Library and Public Health tax rates below 2.5%.

 – $3 million in the coming year for green building retrofits and $500,000 a year to expanding our green fleet program

 – $14 million in vital funding for housing and homelessness initiatives across the city.

 – Budget 2012 devotes an additional $3.2 million to boost service to deal with growth in OC Transpo ridership.

 – We are expanding our park and ride network

 – Ottawa on the Move, which will devote $340 million over three years in resurfacing, road reconstruction, sidewalk improvements, cycling infrastructure and rehabilitation of aging structures

 – A plan to reform the planning process in Ottawa.

 – Creation of a Green Express Lane for development applications that meet high standards for housing, buildings and renovations.

 – More money for the Environmentally Sensitive Land Fund we created last year, dedicated to making sure the City has the resources to buy key parcels of land that make sense.

Have Your Say

The City will host four bilingual multi-ward budget consultations. In addition to a central meeting to be held at City Hall, meetings will be held in East, West and South Ottawa.

Tuesday, November 1
7 to 9 pm
Shenkman Arts Centre, Richcraft Theatre
245 Centrum Boulevard, Orléans
Wednesday, November 2
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Cafetorium
180 Katimavik Road, Kanata
Thursday, November 3
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Rideauview Community Centre, Gymnasium
4310 Shoreline Drive, Riverside South
Central District
Friday, November 4
4 to 6 pm
City Hall, Andrew Haydon Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa


YOU CAN ALSO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD by writing an email to, calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or sending a fax to 613-560-2126.

Or you can make a five-minute presentation to the Standing Committees on the 2012 draft budget. Registration in advance of the meeting is recommended and can be done by contacting the relevant Committee Coordinator at the telephone numbers or e-mail addresses provided below. Presenters are also encouraged to provide a copy of their presentation electronically in advance of the meeting.

Finance and Economic Development

November 7 – Marc Desjardins, Committee Coordinator at 613-580-2424, ext. 28821 or by e-mail at


November 8 – Caitlin Salter-MacDonald, Committee Coordinator, 613-580-2424, ext.28136 or by e-mail at


November 10 – Melody Duffenais, Committee Coordinator at 613-580-2424, ext. 20113 or by e-mail a


November 15 – Carole Legault, Committee Coordinator, at 613-580-2424, ext. 28934 or by e-mail at

Transit Commission

November 16 – Rosemary Theriault, Committee Coordinator, 613-580-2424, ext. 21624 or by e-mail at

Community and Protective Services

November 17 – Marc Desjardins, Committee Coordinator at 613-580-2424, ext. 28821 or by e-mail at

Agriculture and Rural Affairs

November 18 – Chris Zwierzchowski, Committee Coordinator, 613-580-2424, ext. 21359 or by e-mail at

IT Sub-Committee

November 21 – Melody Duffenais, Committee Coordinator at 613-580-2424, ext. 20113 or by e-mail at

A special meeting of Council will be held on November 30 for consideration and approval of the 2012 budget recommendations from all the Committees of Council and relevant Boards.