Budget 2020

Every year, the City must adopt, by bylaw, a five-year financial plan by May 15th as per the Community Charter. As we move through this process to prepare the financial plan, which includes the capital and operating programs and how they are funded, we will be engaging with the community in a variety of ways. In order to improve on the way we inform and solicit feedback, we are offering a combination of in-person engagement, including council meetings, open houses, and a workshop, as well as an online survey.

Learn more about the Budget 2020 process by reviewing the open house discussion boards. 

Take the 2020-2024 Budget Survey: Climate Emergency Bold Steps

RSVP for the January 9 Capital Program workshop

Budget Development

Staff began the budgeting process mid-year with the first iteration of the capital program and it became apparent that the City’s resources could not support it as reported in to Council in September. Looking for further direction, staff came back to Council in November with the proposed seven bold steps to address climate action as well as a budget framework based on those steps (Visit our climate emergency webpage). Under this guidance, staff prepared the proposed capital program which was informed by several factors:

Embedded in these capital programs are an array of spending decisions – some fixed, such as in-progress and almost completed construction projects, and some variable, such as planned, but not yet started initiatives. While initial capital project submissions contemplated for the proposed 2020 – 2024 Capital Program are important and have merit, the City does not have infinite resources – financial or staff – to complete all of them within this time period. Therefore, choices have been made to defer some projects beyond the five year planning cycle. As we move forward, we'll be deliberating with Council and the community on this capital program and will move into the operating programs in the new year.

How the 2020-2024 capital budget Looks


Proposed Capital Program by Strategic Priority


What’s happened so far

  1. Each department submitted capital projects based on approved plans.
  2. All projects were evaluated against City Council’s approved 2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan.
  3. All projects were then evaluated against the approved seven bold steps to address the climate emergency as per direction by the Climate Action Budgeting Framework.

Get Involved now

More engagement opportunities may be added as needs are identified.

  • December 9, 2019
    Council Meeting Open Delegation
    7:00 pm at City Hall Council Chamber
  • December 11, 2019
    Open House (drop in)
    4:00 - 8:00 pm at Century House Fir Room
  • December 18, 2019 - January 17, 2020
    2020-2024 Budget Survey: Climate Emergency Bold Steps
  • January 9, 2020
    Capital Program Workshop
    6:00 - 9:00 pm at Anvil Centre Theatre
    Childminding available
    Please RSVP by January 8, 2020
  • January 13, 2020
    Council Meeting Open Delegation
    7:00 pm at City Hall Council Chamber
  • February 24, 2020
    Council Meeting Draft Presentation
    6:00 pm at City Hall Council Chamber
  • April 2020
    Consolidation of Financial Plan and presentation to Council for approval

Related council reports

December 11, 2019 Open House Presentation Boards

Five-Year Financial Plan (2019 - 2023) Bylaw No. 8104, 2019

December 9, 2019 Item 23 Budget Process - Capital Program aligned by Council's Strategic Priorities

December 9, 2019 Item 10 Capital Budget Climate Action Memos - CAO Office

November 25, 2019 Item 7c Community Engagement in the 2020-2024 Budget Process and the City's Seven Bold Steps to Address the Climate Emergency

November 25, 2019 Item 7b Budget Process - Proposed 2020-2024 Capital Program

November 4, 2019 Item 22 User Fees and Rates Review

November 4, 2019 Item 10b 2020 Utility Rates

November 4, 2019 Item 10a 2020 Utility Rates Presentation

November 4, 2019 Item 9b 2020 Climate Action Budgeting Framework and Ten Year Carbon Targets - New Westminster's Seven Bold Steps

November 4, 2019 Item 9a Climate Action Budgeting Framework and Seven Bold Steps Presentation

November 4, 2019 Item 8a 2019-2022 Strategic Plan Presentation

September 30, 2019 Item 1 Direction for the 2020-2024 Capital Program

September 9, 2019 Item 32b 2019-2022 Strategic Plan

March 11, 2019 Item 26 Motion - Climate Action in the City of New Westminster