Building Whitby's 2022 Budget

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact every single person who lives, works or does business in our community. That's why it's so important, especially during these unprecedented times, that we hear from you as part of our budget process - to listen and learn more about the programs and services that matter most to you.

The Town’s 2022 Citizen Budget Tool has now closed. Thank you to all those who participated. The Town will review the results and provide an update soon.

Other Ways to Get Involved

There are many ways to share your budget priorities and help inform the 2022 Budget planning process. Here's how:

  • CLOSED - Citizen Budget Tool between now and Friday, July 30
  • Leave a comment here
  • Ask a question by emailing budget@whitby.ca

Subscribe to receive email updates (submit your email in the STAY INFORMED box) and be sent notifications directly to your mailbox to stay up-to-date with details on how to get involved and share your budget priorities.


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? Email budget@whitby.ca.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact every single person who lives, works or does business in our community. That's why it's so important, especially during these unprecedented times, that we hear from you as part of our budget process - to listen and learn more about the programs and services that matter most to you.

The Town’s 2022 Citizen Budget Tool has now closed. Thank you to all those who participated. The Town will review the results and provide an update soon.

Other Ways to Get Involved

There are many ways to share your budget priorities and help inform the 2022 Budget planning process. Here's how:

  • CLOSED - Citizen Budget Tool between now and Friday, July 30
  • Leave a comment here
  • Ask a question by emailing budget@whitby.ca

Subscribe to receive email updates (submit your email in the STAY INFORMED box) and be sent notifications directly to your mailbox to stay up-to-date with details on how to get involved and share your budget priorities.


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? Email budget@whitby.ca.

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I have three grandsons who absolutely love visiting the Civic pool in Oshawa because it has a diving board. We need to get more pools with diving boards due to the interest the newer generation has in using a trampoline. This is closely connected to diving. My grandson‘s diving has improved exponentially because of his trampoline at home. Pools should challenge children to try new experiences.

Hilary 29 days ago

Property taxes in Whitby are insane and not fair compared to rest of the GTA.
Authorities should consider this and review it before people are force to move out of Durham region.

shobhit about 2 months ago

Other regions in GTA compare their taxes with all GTA regions and how much less they are charging.. but here you compare with federal tax, provincial tax. that means your taxes are so high that you can not compare with any other regions of GTA. Please think BIG for your residents. Bring more investments. Town is growing and taxes need to reduce.

sisir.355 2 months ago

STOP wasting money and STOP raising taxes !!! My taxes increased over 30% in the five years I’ve been living here. Do you think that is a reasonable rate increase???! Wages do not increase at that rate!! Give your head a shake !

lucy404 3 months ago

Highest Tax and paid highway 412... Made a mistake in choosing whitby as home. Will move out of the taxes don't go down

shafling 3 months ago

House prices are increasing in the Durham region. But I don't see any facilities for residents compared to what neighboring GTA cities are enjoying at a lower tax rate. It is annoying to pay crazy taxes when we are getting zero facilities. I don't see any justification to pay high rates. There are not many employment opportunities in Whitby. It is a humble request to rethink and replan the property tax rate. The city is already earning enough in the form of land transfer tax paid by buyers due to the high housing demand in Durham.

20sword 3 months ago

Unreasonably extreme high property tax must see a cut . It’s city job to efficiently work and think differently . The way the city runs with excessive tax money shows how much inefficient the think tank are .

Fnadvi 3 months ago

Dear esteemed think tanks and well wisher,

It is very easy to collect money as tax and then build better services, however it is really difficult, to provide better service without increasing taxes. We want better service and less tax, how to achieve this , is the job of experts.

As a common man who loves to see how dots are connected, I have seen property taxes (in absolute dollar terms) are growing exponentially, at same rate as house prices are growing. However, as an individual, my monthly mortgage rate is not increasing (due to ultra low interest rate). Just as an example, my current monthly property tax is way more than my monthly mortgage interest payment.

As, I am not professional in city operations, I am not sure what is good for everyone. But, I know I am paying more taxes in Whitby compare to other cities where I have lived before. Here is link for property tax comparisons: https://www.zoocasa.com/blog/ontario-property-tax-rates/

My honest request to the think tanks to do a bit of study on rate of property tax increases (in absolute dollar terms) over past few decades, then compare them with inflation, salary hike and other items.

Thank you,

DAKM 3 months ago

We are charged heavy taxes. Considering Whitby is no more with a smaller population with a lot of new houses already built, population increased multifold in last few years. My property taxes increased 52% YOY. Do a sole searching, is this fair? Kindly think through the taxation. This is alarming both ways increasing population and with not much of greenery around. Widening the roads, making 412 toll free should be given priority. Request to ThinkTanks to get the minds together for a better green Whitby and affordable one too.

sumitkpanigrahi 3 months ago

Property Tax Rates are extremely high in Whitby On. The rate of increase of property value + the high tax payments are making it a challenge to budget for, amongst all other household bills. Residents would appreciate a reduction for the region of Whitby.

King_marshall 3 months ago

We are paying heavy taxes. Considering Whitby is no more with a smaller population with a lot of new houses already built, population increased multifold last year or so. Kindly think through the taxation. This is alarming both ways increasing population and with not much employment around. Widening the roads, making 412 toll free should be given priority. Request to ThinkTanks to get the minds together for a better green Whitby and affordable one too.

DebDash 3 months ago

The property tax in whitby is one of the highest amount comparing to other cities in GTA. Homeowners forced to pay high value to get same amenities other city people are getting. Lowering property tax should be the highest priority. Making the city green, infrastructure should be the next priority.

anilsahu 3 months ago

Please plan for lowering property tax, making town green. Property tax for the town is highest in GTA. Keep more lands for employment besides 401, 412 and 407. Plan for bringing more investments.Other regions of GTA has regional taxes are less compared to city portion tax, here its reverse. It needs to be a affordable town to live.

sisir.355 3 months ago

Cut the Fire Dept. (Accident Dept) budget in Half and spend it on EMS & Police ! Most Fire calls are to help EMS. 5 guys and a big truck to help EMS which then leases EMS stuck at over crowded hospitals while the Fire Dept. goes back to Hall to watch the hockey game ! Get rid of half the Fire Dept. !!

Bill Sutherland 3 months ago