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2021 Business Plan and Budget

The Town of East Gwillimbury is proud to be a debt-free municipality. The annual Business Plan and Budget uses the Town’s Strategic Plan to identify key priorities and funding for municipal programs, services and infrastructure and establishes the tax levy required to meet those needs.

2021 Budget Highlights

  • To date the Town has been able to mitigate COVID-19 costs through a variety of redeployments,
    a hiring freeze and cost reductions.
  • East Gwillimbury is in a strong financial position and is currently debt free. EG residents have the lowest combined municipal cost of living (property tax and water billing) in York Region, which is 12% below the Region average.
  • Council approved a 0% tax rate increase for 2021 at the December 15, 2020 Council meeting. 

2021 Business Plan & Budget

The 2021 Business Plan and Budget contains four main components. Components 1 through 3 represent the budget to support Town operations. These budgets are for the recurring expenditures or revenues that the Town can anticipate each year. These include items such as salaries and benefits, materials and supplies, and fees and charges. Component 4 contains the budget details for the one-time or project specific expenditures.

Component 1 –Tax Supported Budget

The Tax Supported budget represents the component of the Town operations that is primarily funded
through property taxes. Although some of the services are offset by fees and charges, there is an
element of taxation revenue required to support each of these departments.

Component 2 – Development and Fee Supported Budget

The Development and Fee Supported budget represents the component of the Town Operations that is supported by fees for service (no tax support). There are five service areas that are included in this budget: Building, Planning, Development Engineering, Park Development, and Fill Operations. Each of these service areas has approved fees or charges that are intended to fully recover the cost of providing the service.

Component 3 – Water and Wastewater Budget

The Water and Wastewater budget represents the component of the Town operations that are supported by fees for service (no tax support). The Town charges water and wastewater fees to property owners based on water used. The annual fees are intended to ensure that there is full cost recovery to the Town for providing safe drinking water and maintaining the water and sewer infrastructure.

Component 4 – Capital Program Budget

The capital budget primarily represents projects or initiatives that are one-time or time specific in nature. The capital budget may include projects such as the construction of a new fire station or retaining a consultant to prepare a study. The capital budget also includes the Town’s annual repair and replacement program for maintaining the Town’s assets. Although the annual repair and replacement program is required each year, the individual projects and related amounts of funding will vary annually depending on the program requirements in that year. The annual repair and replacement program may include road resurfacing, sidewalk maintenance, or computer replacement.


Contains a glossary outlining operating expenditure and revenue categories used for budgeting purposes. It also details new staff requests included in the budget. As well, the Appendix outlines proposed new initiatives that have not been included in the budget.

Supplementary Info

The Supplemental Information includes information that will be provided throughout the budget development process. These items include: Advisory Committee and Community Group detailed requests, Reserve Continuity Statement and Open Capital Project Status Report. These items will be distributed as available.

Budget Deliberations & Upcoming Meetings 

All budget deliberations and meetings will occur virtually on the Town's YouTube Channel. All members of the public are welcome to provide input at meetings.

To watch budget deliberations live, visit to external site

 Status   Meeting  Reports and Presentations 
Complete  October 20, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Preliminary overview of proposed 2021 budget
Complete  November 23, 2020 at 9 a.m.
2021 Business Plan and Budget Deliberation 
Complete  November 25, 2020 at 11 a.m.
2021 Business Plan and Budget Deliberation 
Cancelled  December 8, 2020 at 9 a.m. 
2021 Business Plan and Budget Deliberation 
Complete December 15, 2021 at 10 a.m.
2021 Business Plan and Budget Adoption 
Upcoming  January 2021 
2021 Water and Wastewater Budget Deliberation 

Have your say! 

Share your feedback on how you would like your tax dollars invested into services and programs. Please take a few moments to complete the 2021 Business Plan and Budget survey.

Budget Breakdown