2021 draft budget: $3.9B in operating costs with 3 per cent tax increase; $153M deficit if pandemic lasts all year

By Staff, CTV News Ottawa, November 4, 2020

OTTAWA -- Mayor Jim Watson and City Manager Steve Kanellakos have unveiled the 2021 City of Ottawa draft budget.

The draft operating budget comes in at $3.94 billion.

Council directed City staff to draft a budget that includes a three per cent property tax increase, which would add an extra $115 to the average property tax bill next year for urban residents or an extra $88 for rural residents.

The water rate is going up by 4.5 per cent for urban residents and 10 per cent for rural residents, which translates to approxmiately $37 dollars next year for urban residents and $7 for rural residents. Urban residents pay water, wastewater and stormwater fees, while rural residents who are not connected to the water system only pay stormwater fees. 

(... environmental & transportation items)


  • $8.7 million to cap Stage 3A of the Trail Waste Facility
  • $3 million to enhance and retrofit facilities and reduce energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions, with an average eight-year payback
  • $1.5 million to plant 125,000 trees
  • $1.2 million for solid-waste projects, including expanding the recycling in parks pilot


  • $12.6 million to improve active transportation facilities through the Ottawa Pedestrian and Cycling Plan
  • $4 million to implement the Strategic Road Safety Action Plan
  • $806,000 to implement temporary traffic-calming measures
  • $523,000 to improve road safety
  • $512,000 to install pedestrian crossovers
  • $500,000 to improve technology and support development of a bike-parking program

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