Building Whitby's 2021 Budget

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The Town of Whitby's approved 2021 Budget and Budget Highlights are now available.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single person who lives, works or does business in our community. That's why the Town's approved 2021 Budget prioritizes keeping taxes low during this very different time.

Approved 2021 Budget

On Thursday, February 25, Whitby Town Council approved the Town’s proposed 2021 Budget. The approved budget will result in a 0.55 per cent increase on the total residential bill for Town services (or $2.57 per month for the average resident*).

This is a one-time measure that prioritizes keeping taxes low during the pandemic, while protecting and maintaining the delivery of the essential services Whitby residents and businesses rely on.

The approved budget also takes into consideration feedback collected through the Town’s 2020 Community Survey and new Citizen Budget Tool, which saw more than 2,000 participants this fall.

If you have comments about the approved 2021 Budget, share your thoughts here.

* Based on the 2020 average residential assessment value of $503,000 as determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)

Thank you, Whitby

During the budget planning process, the Town utilized the Citizen Budget Tool for the first time, encouraging community members to share their budget priorities and create their own ideal budget. Thank you to the more than 700 people who participated in the tool.

Top budget priorities identified by participants through the Citizen Budget Tool have included economic development services, like attracting more local jobs, and community services, including parks, green space and recreation programs. Feedback from the public aligns with the results of the 2020 Community Survey.


Whitby Citizen Budget Tool – From October 2 to 30, nearly 500 residents participated in the Town’s new Citizen Budget Tool, sharing their budget priorities. The tool had more than 10,000 page views, 1,330 plus site visitors and more than 240 comments. In the tool, 81% of participants reported their overall quality of life as excellent (26%) or good (55%). Budget priorities identified for 2021 include Community Services, such as parks, recreation and green spaces and Economic Development Services, including attracting more local jobs. 58% of residents are comfortable with the Town’s current level of taxation and services. Top reasons the majority of residents are comfortable with the current taxation and service levels include: easy access to other regions, green spaces, liveable and enjoyable town, and sports and recreation programs.



How the Budget Process Works

Each year, the Town undergoes a robust process to create an annual budget that delivers the services and programs residents and businesses rely on each day.

Check out the below videos to learn more about how your tax dollars are spent and how municipal budget decisions are made:

For more information on how Whitby uses Development Charges (DCs) to help manage the cost of growth, visit the Development Charge Background Study page on Connect Whitby.

Out of all the taxes you pay the government in a year, municipal taxes make up only 9% of the total amount. Of that 9%, the Town receives 3% from overall taxes to operate and plan for services and infrastructure that you use every day.

Municipal Property Tax Chart

To help manage these year-over-year costs, expenses in the municipal budget are broken down into two categories: operating and capital budget.

Operating Budget:

This accounts for the cost of operating day-to-day services in the Town including:

  • Fire and Emergency services
  • Town Facilities (e.g. Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Whitby Public Library, Port Whitby Marina, Brooklin Community Centre and Library and Town Hall).
  • Recreation programs
  • Road maintenance
  • Waste Collection
  • Debt payments and transfers to reserves

Capital Budget:

The capital budget consists of larger investments that help us prepare for our community’s future growth. Examples of capital expenses may include:

  • Infrastructure development, building and construction projects (e.g. building new roads, sidewalks multi-use paths, bike lanes and bridges)
  • Park and greenspace improvements
  • Fleet expansion and maintenance (e.g. purchasing new fire trucks and snow plows)

Have a question about the Town’s budget? Ask it below or email budget@whitby.ca.

The Town of Whitby's approved 2021 Budget and Budget Highlights are now available.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single person who lives, works or does business in our community. That's why the Town's approved 2021 Budget prioritizes keeping taxes low during this very different time.

Approved 2021 Budget

On Thursday, February 25, Whitby Town Council approved the Town’s proposed 2021 Budget. The approved budget will result in a 0.55 per cent increase on the total residential bill for Town services (or $2.57 per month for the average resident*).

This is a one-time measure that prioritizes keeping taxes low during the pandemic, while protecting and maintaining the delivery of the essential services Whitby residents and businesses rely on.

The approved budget also takes into consideration feedback collected through the Town’s 2020 Community Survey and new Citizen Budget Tool, which saw more than 2,000 participants this fall.

If you have comments about the approved 2021 Budget, share your thoughts here.

* Based on the 2020 average residential assessment value of $503,000 as determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)

Thank you, Whitby

During the budget planning process, the Town utilized the Citizen Budget Tool for the first time, encouraging community members to share their budget priorities and create their own ideal budget. Thank you to the more than 700 people who participated in the tool.

Top budget priorities identified by participants through the Citizen Budget Tool have included economic development services, like attracting more local jobs, and community services, including parks, green space and recreation programs. Feedback from the public aligns with the results of the 2020 Community Survey.


Whitby Citizen Budget Tool – From October 2 to 30, nearly 500 residents participated in the Town’s new Citizen Budget Tool, sharing their budget priorities. The tool had more than 10,000 page views, 1,330 plus site visitors and more than 240 comments. In the tool, 81% of participants reported their overall quality of life as excellent (26%) or good (55%). Budget priorities identified for 2021 include Community Services, such as parks, recreation and green spaces and Economic Development Services, including attracting more local jobs. 58% of residents are comfortable with the Town’s current level of taxation and services. Top reasons the majority of residents are comfortable with the current taxation and service levels include: easy access to other regions, green spaces, liveable and enjoyable town, and sports and recreation programs.



How the Budget Process Works

Each year, the Town undergoes a robust process to create an annual budget that delivers the services and programs residents and businesses rely on each day.

Check out the below videos to learn more about how your tax dollars are spent and how municipal budget decisions are made:

For more information on how Whitby uses Development Charges (DCs) to help manage the cost of growth, visit the Development Charge Background Study page on Connect Whitby.

Out of all the taxes you pay the government in a year, municipal taxes make up only 9% of the total amount. Of that 9%, the Town receives 3% from overall taxes to operate and plan for services and infrastructure that you use every day.

Municipal Property Tax Chart

To help manage these year-over-year costs, expenses in the municipal budget are broken down into two categories: operating and capital budget.

Operating Budget:

This accounts for the cost of operating day-to-day services in the Town including:

  • Fire and Emergency services
  • Town Facilities (e.g. Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Whitby Public Library, Port Whitby Marina, Brooklin Community Centre and Library and Town Hall).
  • Recreation programs
  • Road maintenance
  • Waste Collection
  • Debt payments and transfers to reserves

Capital Budget:

The capital budget consists of larger investments that help us prepare for our community’s future growth. Examples of capital expenses may include:

  • Infrastructure development, building and construction projects (e.g. building new roads, sidewalks multi-use paths, bike lanes and bridges)
  • Park and greenspace improvements
  • Fleet expansion and maintenance (e.g. purchasing new fire trucks and snow plows)

Have a question about the Town’s budget? Ask it below or email budget@whitby.ca.

We want to hear from you!

Thank you for your interest in the Virtual Public Forum. Consultation is now closed.

The proposed 2021 Budget reflects Council’s approval of a budget target of 0.55 per cent increase (or $2.57 per month for the average residential property*) on the total residential bill for Town services. This is a one-time measure that prioritizes minimizing financial impact on the community, while protecting and maintaining the delivery of the essential services Whitby residents and businesses rely on. 

CLOSED: The Virtual Budget Public Meeting has concluded.

Guy: That is precisely when trees need to be trimmed, when they are dormant. And our trees do need trimming.

Patrick Forbes 3 months ago

I wish to propose that the Town plow & salt as required all the Town sidewalks instead of the select few currently done. In exchange, I propose that refuse receptacles be removed from Town Parks and thereby saving the money from refuse collection & disposal.

Patrick Forbes 3 months ago

I have quickly scanned through the 2021 budget book and was not able to find any reference to the replacement of the Town Hall (or addition). Has this project been discontinued?

CraigW 3 months ago

Food for thought
During a dog walk while the whole province is on lockdown and a lot of people are forced to not work. Town of Whitby was out on trim the trees on side streets. I pretty sure a dormant tree could wait. I find this insulting and a total waste of tax money and now we are required to pay more. Provincial. Federal. And municipal government are a complete joke. Why are they doing non essential work during a lock down maybe the workers should be sent home just like everyone else.

Guy 4 months ago