On December 15, 2021, Halton Regional Council approved the 2022 Budget and Business Plan.
The Region works to deliver annual budgets that keep taxes at or below the rate of inflation while preserving Halton’s strong long-term financial position. The 2022 Budget is based on prudent, forward-looking financial planning principles, and includes investments in critical program enhancements and essential services to support residents and businesses. It also supports the objectives, outcomes and actions identified in our 2019-2022 Strategic Business Plan. The 2022 Budget includes:
- 2.0 per cent increase in property taxes for Regional programs and services (excluding Police services); and
- 2.8 per cent increase in the combined water and wastewater rate.
This table reflects the property tax impact of Regional services per $100,000 of a property’s Current Value Assessment (CVA).
|Total Regional taxes**
- * Approved by Police Services Board
- ** Based on projected 1.7 per cent assessment growth
Water and wastewater rates
This table shows the average cost increase for a household using 226 m3 of water per year.
|Water and wastewater
- *Based on 0.0% consumption growth and 1.5% customer growth
Highlights of investments
The 2022 Budget increases Regional investment in priority areas previously identified by residents and Council. Some of the key investments include:
- COVID-19 Response: $13.9 million for additional costs in Public Health, Paramedic Services, Long-Term Care, Children’s Services and Housing, as well as facility and technology-related costs. The majority of this investment is funded by the Federal and Provincial Safe Restart Agreement (external link) and COVID-19 Recovery Funding for Municipalities (external link), and additional Provincial funding, resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of $711,000.
- Public Health & Long-Term Care: $2.0 million to provide needed capacity in Public Health and Long-Term Care, partially funded by anticipated provincial funding resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of $751,000.
- Halton’s Digital Strategy: $1.3 million to enhance digital services by transforming business processes and services to ensure complete, high-quality online service delivery.
- Strategic Investments: $2.7 million to maintain service levels and support the objectives, outcomes and actions identified in the Region’s 2019–2022 Strategic Business Plan.
- Housing Services: $2.1 million increased investment in the Halton Rental Assistance Program to support an increased number of rent supplement units. This investment includes one-time funding resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of $573,000 in 2022.
- Employment & Social Services: $300,000 to increase food security for Ontario Works recipients and their families.
- Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF): $250,000 to meet new and emerging community needs and to continue with recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- State-of-Good-Repair Program: $6.4 million increase in transfers to support the water and wastewater state-of-good-repair capital program.
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