At last week’s meeting of City Council, Mayor Jim Watson tabled the 2018 Budget, which presents a balanced, affordable and progressive future for Ottawa. Draft Budget 2018 demonstrates Council’s commitment to growing our city by investing in the things that matter most to residents: continued protection of our critical infrastructure and assets, keeping our communities safe and vibrant, and making the environment a top priority.

Here are some of the city-wide highlights for Budget 2018:

  • Draft Budget 2018 will enhance quality of life and security in Ottawa by investing in core services through the recruitment of 14 additional paramedics, 25 new police officers and 10 adult school crossing guards.
  • The draft budget includes more than $125 million in capital funding to support the renewal of existing City assets including buildings, roads, bridges, cycling connections and sidewalks, an increase of $10.5 million.
  • Public transit investments for 2018 include funding to continue operations of expanded transit service for growing areas of the City using the 17 new buses purchased in 2017 and $9.8 million in additional funding. The Draft Budget includes the replacement of 80 OC Transpo buses that have reached the end of their life-cycle, refurbishment of 85 more buses and $8.9 million for road and signal projects to improve transit speed and reliability, as well as $2.6 million to improve transit stops and stations.
  • OC Transpo will introduce a new EquiFare, a single-ride fare for low-income residents in 2018, complementing the EquiPass discounted monthly pass started in 2017.The new EquiFare will reduce bus fares by 50 per cent for low-income residents bringing a single ride to $1.75.
  • The draft budget caps the residential property tax increase to 2 per cent, the transit levy increase at 2.5 per cent and the residential garbage fee increase at $2
  • To stay financially competitive, the City of Ottawa is the first municipality in Canada to issue green municipal bonds, making $102 million in capital available to build Stage 2 of light rail transit
  • More than $44 million towards the resurfacing and upgrades to existing roadways
  • $125 million to renew City infrastructure, an increase of $10.5 million
  • Increasing the winter operations budget by $4 million for a total of $68.3 million for 2018
  • Increasing the pothole repair program by $600,000 to a total budget of $8 million
  • $3.5 million to conduct two environmental assessments as part of the Barrhaven Rail Safety Program for rail crossings at Woodroffe Ave, Southwest Transitway and Fallowfield Road and at Jockvale Road

This budget is also great news for Ward 22 which will be seeing a number of important improvements to our community. I’m happy to highlight these improvements below:

Parks and Facilities Planning:

  • $2.9M for Riverside South Community Centre & Branch Library – Detailed Design
  • $1.027M for Diamond Jubilee Park Phase 2 – Design & Development
  • $4.5M for Riverside South Recreation Complex Land
  • $560,000 for Beryl Gaffney Park Improvements – Design & Construction (Ward 21 & 22)

Traffic Services:

  • $40,000 per year for Strategic Initiatives – Temporary Traffic Calming Measures Program: Locations determined annually with ward Councillor (2018)
  • $3,500 – $40,000 per year to install PXO at 1 feasible location (if identified). Location to be determined. The cost of the PXO will depend on the type of PXO to be installed (B, C or D) (2018)

Parks and Facilities Planning:

  • $803,000 for Riverside South Park 12 – Design & Construction (Developer build, to be completed/open in 2018 or 2019)
  • $278,000 for Riverside South Park 15 – Design & Construction (Developer build, to be completed/open in 2018 or 2019)

Transportation Planning:

  • $4 million investment City-wide in cycling facility improvements, including a multi-use pathway on Woodroffe Avenue from Longfields to Stoneway; project to begin in 2018 (Investment also applicable to wards 3, 9)
  • $200,000 for implementation of intersection control measure improvements at Earl Armstrong Road and Collector D
  • $50,000 for implementation of intersection control measure improvements at Findlay Creek Drive at Bank Street
  • $200,000 for implementation of intersection control measure improvements at River Road and Summerhill Street
  • $50,000 for implementation of intersection control measure improvements at Rotary Way and Bank Street
  • $2 million for the acquisition of land along Jockvale Road between Cambrian Road and Prince of Wales Drive allowing placement of new planned hydro poles; project to begin in 2018. (Investment also applicable to ward 3)
  • $2 million for improvements to the transportation network through intersection modifications on Prince of Wales Drive from Merivale Road to West Hunt Club Road and Riverside Drive at Hunt Club Road (Investment also applicable to wards 9, 16)
  • $200,000 for design of improvements to the transportation network through intersection modifications at Albion Road and Leitrim Road. (Investment also applicable to ward 22)
  • $200,000 for design of improvements to the transportation network through intersection modifications at Bank Street and Leitrim Road. (Investment also applicable to ward 22)
  • $700,000 for the Leitrim Road Realignment and Widening Environmental Assessment between River Road and Bank Street. (Investment also applicable to ward 10)

 

These are just a few highlights of the 2018 budget. There are many more important projects and initiatives that I encourage you to read about here: bit.ly/2i0Dvuu. Thank you to residents who attended budget consultations and provided their input. There is still time to voice your opinion. Residents are encouraged to submit their input before the final Budget goes to Council for consideration on December 13, 2017.

You can submit your comments by the following options:

  • Register as a public delegation at a standing committee, board or commission budget review meeting taking place between November 7 and December 7
  • Presentations on specific subjects must be brought to the standing committee, board or commission that is responsible for that subject and breakdowns of standing committees, boards and commissions by services are available on ottawa.ca/budget
  • Contact your Councillor directly to express their opinions on the Draft Budget 2018
  • Email budget@ottawa.ca
  • Tweet @ottawacity using hashtag #ottbudget
  • Call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or rural residents can call 613-580-2400