Ottawa implemented spending freeze as Mother Nature buries the operating budget

By Josh Pringle, CTV News, August 24, 2023

The city of Ottawa implemented a discretionary spending freeze and a hiring pause for "positions not impacting service delivery" in the first half of the year, as staff looked to help offset the million dollars in costs associated with heavy snow, freezing rain, tornadoes and other weather events.

A report for the finance and corporate services committee shows the city of Ottawa is projecting a $6.6 million deficit in the tax-supported services budget this year. The expected deficit includes $11.7 million of tax-supported services pressures relating to COVID-19, which is offset by $11.2 million in funding from the upper levels of government.

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