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2024 to 2027 Multi-Year Budget


Mayor's Budget









2024 to 2027 Mayor's Multi-Year Budget





On January 31, Mayor Josh Morgan released his 2024-2027 Multi-Year Budget. A new requirement under the Strong Mayor Powers and Duties as delegated by the Province of Ontario, the Mayor’s Budget must be released and made available to the public before February 1 each year. The Mayor’s Multi-Year Budget for 2024-2027 takes into consideration the Business Cases and Multi-Year Budgets released by Civic Administration on December 12, 2023. It also takes into consideration public input and feedback collected during extensive community consultation throughout December and January.

Budget Committee meetings are scheduled to take place throughout the month of February, as needed. These meetings are an opportunity for Council members to put forward and debate amendments to the Mayor’s Budget.




2024 to 2027 Budget Process

Earlier in 2023, City Council approved the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan. This plan identifies the shared vision, mission and priorities that will guide the City's next five years.

To provide a starting point to the Budget process, on December 12, 2023, at the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, City staff released the City of London’s three draft budgets and gave a presentation related to these budgets. The City uses a four-year cycle to budget (2024 to 2027). The City has three budgets:

  • Property Tax Budget
  • Water Budget, and
  • Wastewater and Treatment Budget.

The release of the budgets represents the start of an important process. Ultimately, the budget will be approved in March. Before we get there, Council will evaluate the budgets - both the budgets to maintain the existing municipal services Londoners currently receive as well as several business cases. These business cases show:

  • impacts due to new or changed Provincial or Federal legislation that the City needs to adopt,
  • decision points to be made on new investments to aid putting the City’s strategic plan into action, and
  • a couple of opportunities for budget reductions.

In January, Budget Staff "popped up" in our community, reviewing the draft budgets and business cases to anyone wishing to know more about the Multi-Year Budget process and reviewing the business cases. Residents were encouraged to provide feedback either by contacting their Ward Councillor or completing a survey on the business cases. That survey has now closed, and we appreciate the efforts of everyone who contributed.



Draft Base Budget amendments and Revised Business Cases

On January 16, 2024, the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee received a Staff Report and Submissions from a number of Boards and Commissions containing amendments to the Draft Base Budget and Revised Business Cases. These amendments and Revised Business Cases were REFERRED to the Budget Committee deliberations on the 2024-2027 Multi-Year Budget.



Strong Mayor Powers

In June 2023, the Ontario government announced the expansion of strong mayor powers to mayors in an initial 26 municipalities, including London. Strong mayor powers came into effect in the City of London as of July 1, 2023. Under the new changes to the Municipal Act, 2001, it is the Mayor’s responsibility to prepare a budget.

How strong mayor powers affects the budget process

The Municipal Act, 2001, is a provincial statute that regulates Strong Mayor Powers in Ontario. Under Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, the Mayor of the City of London has been given special powers and duties, including the duty to prepare a budget.

The Mayor was required by the Municipal Act, 2001 and Ontario Regulation 530/22 to prepare a budget for the municipality and provide it to each member of Council and to the Clerk on or before February 1, 2024.

After the budget was presented on February 1, Council has 30 days to pass resolutions to amend the Mayor's Budget (please see below). If there are no amendments passed within the 30-day period, the Mayor’s Budget is adopted.

If Council passes resolutions to amend the Mayor's Budget, the Mayor can decide to veto Council’s resolutions within 10 days of the expiry of the time period for Council to pass a resolution. If the Mayor doesn’t veto any amendments within the 10-day period, the budget as amended by Council resolutions is deemed adopted.

If the Mayor vetoes Council’s resolutions to amend the Mayor's Budget, Council can vote to override the veto within 15 days of the expiry of the time period for the Mayor to veto a resolution. In the vote to override a veto, two-thirds of the members of Council must vote to override the veto or the vote will fail. If Council overrides the Mayor’s veto, the amendment passed by Council will continue to have effect. If Council does not vote to override the Mayor’s veto, then the budget is adopted by the municipality after the expiry of the time period for Council to override the Mayor’s veto.



Amendments to the Mayor's Budget - heard at Budget Committee

Updated February 22 - the Budget Committee has now met and concluded its meetings on the Multi-Year Budget. Next step is for Amendments to the Mayor's Budget to be presented at Council on February 29 for approval. See a summary of the Amendments brought forward during Budget Committee meetings.

To see the impact of the approved Amendments on the Property Tax Levy, please view the Continuity Schedule (coming soon).

There were no Amendments to the Water and Wastewater & Treatment Budgets.

Read the summary of decisions - begins at Item 3.2

View the Continuity Schedule (how the decisions made impact the Tax Levy)




Ask questions about the budget process

Ask our Finance Supports team any questions you may have about the budget process. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the "Questions" tab!


Mayor's Budget









2024 to 2027 Mayor's Multi-Year Budget





On January 31, Mayor Josh Morgan released his 2024-2027 Multi-Year Budget. A new requirement under the Strong Mayor Powers and Duties as delegated by the Province of Ontario, the Mayor’s Budget must be released and made available to the public before February 1 each year. The Mayor’s Multi-Year Budget for 2024-2027 takes into consideration the Business Cases and Multi-Year Budgets released by Civic Administration on December 12, 2023. It also takes into consideration public input and feedback collected during extensive community consultation throughout December and January.

Budget Committee meetings are scheduled to take place throughout the month of February, as needed. These meetings are an opportunity for Council members to put forward and debate amendments to the Mayor’s Budget.




2024 to 2027 Budget Process

Earlier in 2023, City Council approved the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan. This plan identifies the shared vision, mission and priorities that will guide the City's next five years.

To provide a starting point to the Budget process, on December 12, 2023, at the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, City staff released the City of London’s three draft budgets and gave a presentation related to these budgets. The City uses a four-year cycle to budget (2024 to 2027). The City has three budgets:

  • Property Tax Budget
  • Water Budget, and
  • Wastewater and Treatment Budget.

The release of the budgets represents the start of an important process. Ultimately, the budget will be approved in March. Before we get there, Council will evaluate the budgets - both the budgets to maintain the existing municipal services Londoners currently receive as well as several business cases. These business cases show:

  • impacts due to new or changed Provincial or Federal legislation that the City needs to adopt,
  • decision points to be made on new investments to aid putting the City’s strategic plan into action, and
  • a couple of opportunities for budget reductions.

In January, Budget Staff "popped up" in our community, reviewing the draft budgets and business cases to anyone wishing to know more about the Multi-Year Budget process and reviewing the business cases. Residents were encouraged to provide feedback either by contacting their Ward Councillor or completing a survey on the business cases. That survey has now closed, and we appreciate the efforts of everyone who contributed.



Draft Base Budget amendments and Revised Business Cases

On January 16, 2024, the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee received a Staff Report and Submissions from a number of Boards and Commissions containing amendments to the Draft Base Budget and Revised Business Cases. These amendments and Revised Business Cases were REFERRED to the Budget Committee deliberations on the 2024-2027 Multi-Year Budget.



Strong Mayor Powers

In June 2023, the Ontario government announced the expansion of strong mayor powers to mayors in an initial 26 municipalities, including London. Strong mayor powers came into effect in the City of London as of July 1, 2023. Under the new changes to the Municipal Act, 2001, it is the Mayor’s responsibility to prepare a budget.

How strong mayor powers affects the budget process

The Municipal Act, 2001, is a provincial statute that regulates Strong Mayor Powers in Ontario. Under Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, the Mayor of the City of London has been given special powers and duties, including the duty to prepare a budget.

The Mayor was required by the Municipal Act, 2001 and Ontario Regulation 530/22 to prepare a budget for the municipality and provide it to each member of Council and to the Clerk on or before February 1, 2024.

After the budget was presented on February 1, Council has 30 days to pass resolutions to amend the Mayor's Budget (please see below). If there are no amendments passed within the 30-day period, the Mayor’s Budget is adopted.

If Council passes resolutions to amend the Mayor's Budget, the Mayor can decide to veto Council’s resolutions within 10 days of the expiry of the time period for Council to pass a resolution. If the Mayor doesn’t veto any amendments within the 10-day period, the budget as amended by Council resolutions is deemed adopted.

If the Mayor vetoes Council’s resolutions to amend the Mayor's Budget, Council can vote to override the veto within 15 days of the expiry of the time period for the Mayor to veto a resolution. In the vote to override a veto, two-thirds of the members of Council must vote to override the veto or the vote will fail. If Council overrides the Mayor’s veto, the amendment passed by Council will continue to have effect. If Council does not vote to override the Mayor’s veto, then the budget is adopted by the municipality after the expiry of the time period for Council to override the Mayor’s veto.



Amendments to the Mayor's Budget - heard at Budget Committee

Updated February 22 - the Budget Committee has now met and concluded its meetings on the Multi-Year Budget. Next step is for Amendments to the Mayor's Budget to be presented at Council on February 29 for approval. See a summary of the Amendments brought forward during Budget Committee meetings.

To see the impact of the approved Amendments on the Property Tax Levy, please view the Continuity Schedule (coming soon).

There were no Amendments to the Water and Wastewater & Treatment Budgets.

Read the summary of decisions - begins at Item 3.2

View the Continuity Schedule (how the decisions made impact the Tax Levy)




Ask questions about the budget process

Ask our Finance Supports team any questions you may have about the budget process. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the "Questions" tab!

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    What measurables do London Police Services have to report on next year at this time? What quantifiable results has council demanded?

    kbrajotte asked 2 days ago

    Thank you for your inquiry. The London Police Services (LPS) Board will be the board/commission that would be bringing forward any related Key Performance Indicators directly to Council. We would advise you to connect with LPS directly – Their contact page is: https://www.londonpolice.ca/Modules/contact/search.aspx?s=DpdBNKuO9Bh7VpL2YkxSDweQuAleQuAl

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    What are you doing about the homeless problem? ..ie other cities dumping their homeless here in London ..have you walked downtown lately?....homeless people are using doorways, alleys and sidewalks as toilets...

    PJ asked 23 days ago

    Thank you for your question!  Housing Affordability and Homelessness has been identified as one of the major priorities in the Mayor’s budget. In the Mayor’s Budget presentation (item 3.1 of the Budget Committee agenda), page 33 lists seven business cases included in the Mayor’s Budget with the strategic area of focus being housing and homelessness.

    Please also note page 36, which includes additional commentary on budget support for housing. Other business cases included in the Mayor’s Budget also have indirect connections to homelessness, such as  the amended version of business case P-41 which focuses on expansion of public washroom hours. 

    Lastly, please see the page Whole of Community System Response to Health and Homelessness on the City of London website to find more information of what is being done in this area.  Please also view this link to to the recent update report.

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    Add to budget income: Dumping fees at envirodepots for landscape businesses offloading yard waste?

    Dennis asked 17 days ago

    Thank you for your submission. User fees are considered and reviewed annually as part of the Consolidated Fees and Charges By-Law. There is also a public participation meeting on fees and charges. The 2024-2027 items were brought forward as part of the November 21 2023 Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee – Link - Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee - November 21, 2023 (escribemeetings.com). This annual process provides an opportunity for potential changes to fees and charges. While initially set for the 2024-2027 budget period, the charges and fees by-law will be reviewed again in the second half of 2024.

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    If make a five-minute presentation on February 27th, will I have any idea of what time I would get to present?

    Don Pollock asked 23 days ago

    No, presentations are not scheduled at a specific time.  All in-person presenters, who are not required to pre-register, take turns speaking at the microphones available in the gallery and overflow meeting rooms.

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    Our group would like to make a submission on the impact of the budget on seniors and propose a possible solution for lower-income. How do I make such a submission?

    Don Pollock asked 24 days ago

    Hi Don, thank you for your question!

    You can choose to either speak at the February 27th Public Participation Meeting held in front of the Budget Committee, or you can submit your feedback in writing in advance of the meeting - your submission will be included on the meeting's agenda:  https://london.ca/government/council-civic-administration/council-committee-meetings

    Please note that all speakers are limited to five minutes for their comments. You do not need to pre-register to attend and speak.  If you are submitting your input in writing, you will need to do so before Friday, February 16 at 9:00 a.m.

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    What is business case P-57 London Police Service Facilities Masterplan and Protective Services Training Campus?

    Yi Oxoto asked 27 days ago

    The latest amended P-57 London Police Service Facilities Masterplan and Protective Services Training Campus business case can be viewed on the Get Involved Budget page: It begins on page 28 of the linked document. A brief summary of the case:

    In 2019, London Police Service Long Term Facility Accommodation Plan was completed by an independent consulting firm to validate current and future facility and space needs over the next 25 years. The London Police Service Long Term Facility Accommodation Plan is composed of three phases: phase one will address adding additional space for police operations and administrative spaces, phase two will address a joint training campus for London Police Services and London Fire Department, and phase three will focus on expanding London Police Services headquarters.

    Thanks for your question!

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    Why do the police want a "light-armoured vehicle"?

    terry b asked 29 days ago

    Hi Terry, Business Case #P-29 provides information on the Light Armoured Vehicle – specifically page 511 of the December,12 2023 draft budget document:

    Light Armoured Vehicle (in 2026): The proposed change involves the acquisition of a second police Light Armoured Vehicle to

    enhance the capabilities of our response to high-risk incidents due to the evolving nature of violent criminal activities, the

    increased prevalence of firearm related offences, and realized threats of violence within our community. This second Light

    Armoured Vehicle is required due to the inherent risk present when police are required to contain and control a location when

    natural points of cover are insufficient or nonexistent. London Police Service requires the appropriate equipment and tools to

    respond effectively to these high-risk incidents and this investment will directly increase the safety of frontline officers when

    responding to resolve high-risk or violent incidents. One Light Armoured Vehicle poses limitations with establishing appropriate

    containment of a location (cannot contain all four sides of a building). In the event the one existing Light Armoured Vehicle were

    to be inoperable (ex. mechanical failure), the organization would currently be unable to respond to a high-risk incident with such

    equipment as there is no redundancy or additional unit within our fleet.

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    I was looking through the multi year budget for road work projects but could not see when Highbury Ave between the 401 and Hamilton Road is planned for resurfacing\rebuilding. Can you advise where I can find that?

    PeterH asked about 1 month ago

    There is a capital budget for “Highbury Ave S – Hwy 401 to South Branch of Thames River” included in the capital base budget with construction to begin in 2025/2026.  

    This can be seen on the Tax Supported Project Detail Record on the City of London Budget web Page:  Tax Supported Project Detail Records and Appendices (london.ca) and it is part of the capital project TS144624 budget listed on page 195.

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    Will the city make sure the biome lines are a priority in the maintenance of the city invest more money in that area like other cities do we need to reduce the air pollution

    Pierrette Caron asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Pierrette, thank you for your question!

    The City is committed to protecting its natural areas and parks; we’re taking actions to invest in their maintenance with early detection of invasive pests such as Beech Leaf Disease, invasive species management, tree planting and woodland inventory.  Natural areas are important to reducing air pollution. Trees help to mitigate air pollution while also providing oxygen and sequestering carbon. Our Forestry team is achieving great results in average street tree longevity, and for the past 8 years we have met or exceeded our city tree planting targets of 5000 to 6,000 trees per year. We continue to work on our Tree Planting Strategy to achieve our Urban Forest Strategy goal of 34% tree canopy cover by 2065, and Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050 to support the Climate Emergency Action Plan. Investing in trees on private and public lands is a focus for our team, we administer two tree by-laws to assist with this aim, and shortly we will be announcing our revised TreeMe grant program which will also incorporate the Tree Canopy Conservation Program to better assist homeowners with maintenance of Distinctive Trees. Facilitating the residents of London with planting and maintaining their own trees while also continuing to strive for excellence in the municipal work of managing over 1200 hectares of woodland and 200,000 individual an ongoing priority for the City of London.

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    1. Previous annnual/ & 4 year budgets have provided Council with a recommended list for consideration on cost reduction programs . Example - X Mas tree collections Annually - dissed 2 years ago . Where is this ( page ## please ) in the large draft budget documment. 2. What business case ## and page ## ibn the large draft budget document is asssociate with replacing missing development fees from Bill More Homes ETc by collecting from LOndon Taxpayers . Tried twice to find this and no hits. THXS - Chris

    butler asked about 2 months ago

    Thanks for these great questions! 

    • Page 36 to 38 illustrates budget right-sizing opportunities already included in the budget – they are not included as business cases because they do not represent impacts to service levels.
    • Business cases P-71 (pg. 772), W-1 (pg. 801), WWT-9 (853) represent the most significant reduction cases – all three utilize remaining contingencies earmarked for COVID-19 financial impacts and inflation as tax levy or utility rate relief.
    • Business Case #P-L3, page 314, quantifies the estimated need (based on known Provincial definitions) to backfill development charges as a result of Bill 23.
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