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On Monday December 20, 2021, at 5:00pm members of Council formally adopted the 2022 Municipal Operating and Capital Budgets. This final budget includes a 2.00% tax rate increase over 2021.The table below details the change in the total taxes collected over the past 4 years:

This equates to the following impact on the median assessed home, note that for the 2022 tax year MPAC will once again hold current assessed values:

Additionally, a $30,000 increase in the Special Capital Levy is included, which would result in a median assessed home paying an additional $1.93 per year.


The Town of Collingwood

On Monday December 20, 2021, at 5:00pm members of Council formally adopted the 2022 Municipal Operating and Capital Budgets. This final budget includes a 2.00% tax rate increase over 2021.The table below details the change in the total taxes collected over the past 4 years:

This equates to the following impact on the median assessed home, note that for the 2022 tax year MPAC will once again hold current assessed values:

Additionally, a $30,000 increase in the Special Capital Levy is included, which would result in a median assessed home paying an additional $1.93 per year.


The Town of Collingwood has started drafting its 2022 Operating & Capital Budget. As community engagement and consultation is a critical component of this process we want to hear from you!

Through the draft 2022 Budget, the Town strives to balance the needs of current residents and the challenges of our community’s unprecedented growth and mounting investment needs, with finding opportunities for service efficiency, business attraction, and enhancements to our waterfront and public spaces.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below to tell us what is important to you in how we invest your tax dollars. - Survey now closed


What is a budget?
It is the most important document that any government adopts. It is a plan that sets out anticipated spending for the year and where the money will come from. It determines the services the municipality will provide and defines any improvements or expenses related to buildings or resources that will be made that year. A budget is the blueprint that outlines how municipal funds are collected and allocated. The overall budget can be separated into two main components – the Operating Budget and the Capital Budget.

What is an Operating Budget?
The operating budget is the plan for the day-to-day operations of the Town including salaries, legal and insurance costs, and winter control. These expenses are required annually to run the municipality. Every Town program and service is funded through the operating budget, which is designed to ensure dependable delivery of a broad array of programs and services that residents rely on every day. Your municipal government is responsible for providing fire and police services, roads, clean water, parks, arenas, library services, and much more. Many of these services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These services and programs are largely funded by tax dollars and user fees which include charges for recreation programs, water, and wastewater services.

What is a Capital Budget?
The capital budget is the annual plan for the purchase and financing of the Town’s capital assets. Capital assets are projects and expenses where the benefits can be seen over the course of many years, such as roads, bridges, land, buildings, machinery, and equipment. Some examples of capital projects include intersection improvements at Third Street & High Street, the Stewart Road Reservoir, The Black Ash Pumping Station upgrade, and the Sunset Point Park Playground project. The bulk of the capital spending goes to maintaining and fixing existing infrastructure, and is funded through dedicated accounts (similar to savings accounts) that have been built up through taxation and grants.

Building new infrastructure that is needed for keeping up with the growth of the community is funded through charges on the new developments being built.

Balancing the Budget
Each year municipalities are faced with the challenge of balancing the budget, as required by provincial legislation. A municipality can take on debt to pay for large capital acquisitions, however it must ensure that there is enough money to fund day-to-day operations. In order to balance the budget, a careful analysis must be done regarding the level of services required to meet the expectations of the community and the realistic taxation and user fee levels.

We would love to hear from you! Please provide feedback on the Draft 2022 Municipal Budget (see important links to the right)

Feedback on the Draft 2022 Municipal budget may also be emailed to: budget@collingwood.ca or delivered in writing to Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood.

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    We need affordable and sustainable housing - and it's possible

    by Ruth Plant, about 1 month ago

    There are so many ways to combine sustainability and affordability for housing. Hamilton provides an excellent example which could be replicated here. See this recent article in the Globe & Mail about the new YWCA affordable housing: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/article-energy-efficient-homes-getting-easier-to-build/

    The climate crisis demands that we stop constructing buildings using fossil fuels for heating - there are alternatives available. Town buildings and residences need to be retrofitted to use heat pumps and there is currently some federal funding available to assist with this. The municipality's share of funding needs to be designated in the 2022 budget to ensure this happens sooner, rather... Continue reading

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    Where is the budget allocation for dealing with the climate crisis?

    by OGray, about 2 months ago
    We are in the midst of a climate crisis. BC is having a horrible year with wildfires followed by flooding and we are feeling the effects here in Collingwood too with more volatile and unpredictable weather events. Our enormous rainfall event this September caused plenty of damage and overwhelmed our WWTP resulting in a 'straightpipe discharge' to the bay for several hours. I worry we are going to suffer going ahead if we don't start to plan and deal with this problem directly. It will not be wished away I'm afraid!

    Our town has declared a climate emergency and I... Continue reading

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    Vision for an inclusive, sustainable community

    by Jack Vanderkooy, 2 months ago
    • Trying to keep a budgetary tax increase to 1% in a time of 4.5% inflation is unrealistic. It is also misleading as the impact on most homeowners is nominal. Even though the average increase is a miniscule $23.00, depending on the assessed value, this will range from an increase of $14 for an assessed value of $200,000 and $141 for an assessed value of $2M.
    • I find that the budget is not very visionary, in that it doesn’t paint a picture of the future our Council wants for our community. For example, in spite of the establishment of the Affordable... Continue reading
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