On November 20th, Council will consider focused investment opportunities that align closely with the growing needs of Calgarians.
Every year, The City makes adjustments to service plans and budgets, continuing to refine them to make life better every day for Calgarians. City Administration has provided a focused view of investment opportunities that align closely with the growing needs of Calgarians. These would be adjustments to the already-approved 2023-2026 Service Plans and Budgets.
Budget adjustments that may be of interest include:
- Responding to the affordable housing crisis (funding recommendations from the Housing Strategy)
- Progressing long-term Calgary Transit plans and increasing transit safety
- Expanding the 5A network and delivering priority cycling infrastructure when resurfacing roads
- Reducing vehicle noise (funding enforcement for what I proposed to Council in September 2022)
- Limiting Transit fare increases and allowing children 12 and under to continue to ride transit for free.
- Committing permanent funding for Calgary's Mental Health and Addictions Strategy
- Enhancing amenities in local parks and playgrounds (an anticipated 48 playgrounds or amenities)
- Providing emergency financial support to Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities (helps keep families housed and allows people to escape violence, escape homelessness, and ensures individuals have heat and electricity)
You are welcome to provide written feedback to Council or register to speak with members of Council on Nov. 20.
To provide feedback: Public submission form
- Refer to item 9.3.1 2023 November Adjustments to the 2023-2026 Service Plans and Budgets, C2023- 1148, meeting date November 20, 2023
- Guidance is available here: Participate in public hearings of Council and committee (calgary.ca)
To learn more: Budget Adjustments: Investment options
- City Administration’s recommended investments address housing crisis, improve transit and public safety (calgary.ca)
- The City of Calgary's Financial Task Force
- Local Government Fiscal Framework (LGFF) | Alberta Municipalities (abmunis.ca)
- ‘One taxpayer’: Calgary eyes tools to address funding gap from other orders of government | Globalnews.ca