The budget is our annual financial plan and is the primary basis of financial decision making. The budget process allows council to prioritize the programs and services we deliver and sets direction for the work to be completed over the upcoming year.

Take our 2022 budget survey

On this page:

  1. Operating budget
  2. Capital budget
  3. Average residential impact
  4. Key dates
  5. Budget overview
  6. Get involved
  7. Documents

Operating budget

Our operating budget reflects the ongoing costs needed to deliver valued programs and services for the community. In 2022 the proposed tax rate increase is 1.9% and is below the current rate of inflation (3.0%).

Capital budget

Our capital budget pays for investments in infrastructure (assets) that offer a long-term benefit to the community. Most of these costs relate to engineered assets like roads, water and sewers, but also includes buildings, equipment and outdoor amenities.

Average residential impact

The proposed increase for the average residential property in Kitchener for 2022 are:

  • property tax increase: 1.9 per cent
  • water utility increase: 2.2 per cent
  • gas increase: 12.7 per cent

This represents an annual increase of about $47 for property tax and water utilities and about a $90 annual increase for natural gas due to the increase in supply that is being felt across the province and country.

Key dates

  • Operating budget: Monday, November 15
  • Public input session: Monday, November 15
  • Capital budget: Monday, November 29
  • Survey closes: Monday, December 6
  • Final budget day: Monday, December 13

You can register as a delegation for our public input session.

Budget overview

Our proposed 2022 budget is about Moving Forward on our shared community priorities.

This budget builds on investments made in each of the five goals outlined in our 2019-2022 Strategic Plan:  

  • Great Customer Service
  • People Friendly Transportation
  • Environmental Leadership
  • Caring Community
  • Vibrant Economy

These are the priorities that Kitchener residents told us matter to them, and the proposed 2022 budget continues to move strategic plan actions forward.

Examples of capital projects that align with our strategic goals include:

  • 1.6 million for customer service enhancements
  • $550k over 3 years for 40 km speed limit
  • $5.5 million over 10 years for urban forest implementation
  • $350k for Indigenous placemaking
  • $3.6 million for downtown infrastructure improvements

Moving forward

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, it’s important to reflect back on what we have accomplished together as a city over the past few years. We’re moving forward with a focus on economic recovery, responding to community needs, supporting a growing city and maintaining our core services and infrastructure that you and your family rely on.

The budget supports our community’s economic recovery through the Make It Kitchener 2.0 Economic Development Strategy that earmarked $5 million to support economic recovery. We’re also supporting the needs of a growing city. The budget includes funding for more firefighters, park spaces, trails and a new community centre in the growing south end of Kitchener. In this year’s proposed budget, we’re creating a central service counter at City Hall to better meet the needs of residents.

This budget responds to community needs. We’re investing in our equity, anti-racism and Indigenous initiatives team to better reflect our community’s diversity and address needs. We are continuing to place priority on implementing the Housing For All Strategy. Additionally, we’re resuming our long-term plan for sustainably funding the needs of Kitchener’s roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure.

Get involved

We want to know what matters most to you! Get involved in the 2022 budget process by joining our public input session or taking our online survey.

Public input session

Our public input session for the 2022 budget is on Monday, November 15 at 7 p.m. During this meeting, council will hear from resident delegations. If you want to appear as a delegation, please register before noon on Wednesday, November 10.

Online survey

If you can’t make it on November 15, we’re collecting budget feedback online. Take our online survey before December 6 to make sure your voice is included in a presentation to council on final budget day, December 16.

In this survey, you can tell us how you would distribute $1 million between creating an affordable housing reserve, addressing our facilities infrastructure gap or investing in community trails. Open the accordions below to see the available options.

Take our online survey

Affordable housing reserve
  • $250k: 75 units
  • $500k: 150 units
  • $1 million: 300 units


All options include grants for 50% of development charges.
Facility infrastructure
  • $250k: Lyle Hallman Pool upgrades
  • $500k: comfort station upgrades
  • $1 million: LED lighting and paving at facility parking lots
Community trails
  • $250k: 550 metres of trails
  • $500k: 1,100 metres of trails
  • $1 million: 2,200 metres of trails