News release: February 2, 2023
Region of Peel's 2023 Budget Approved by Council
Brampton, ON - (February 2, 2023) – Today, Regional Council approved the 2023 Operating and Capital Budget, investing in the community and preparing Peel for the future.
The development of the 2023 Budget was guided by the strategic plan, with priority focused on the challenges Peel is facing as a growing community with increased service demands. Ongoing challenges include heightened inflation, supply chain issues, and changing legislation (specifically Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 which will see changes to the way that municipalities can collect development charges to fund infrastructure).
The 2023 Budget includes a property tax increase of 2.8 per cent for the Regional portion. This will contribute an annual increase to the typical residential property and commercial/industrial property tax bills of $144 and $255 respectively.
Additionally, the average home will see an increase to their utility bill of 16¢ per day (or $58 per year), while the average commercial/industrial property will see an increase of 42¢ per day (or $152 per year).
Community Investments Overview
The 2023 Budget includes investments of $5.0 billion to maintain current service levels for a growing population, while addressing priority community needs. Critical urgent needs being addressed include:
- Increased investment in public safety including police and paramedic services
- Housing affordability
- Stabilization of Public Health service delivery to sustain immunization services
- Programming to eliminate systemic discrimination
- Climate change initiatives (a regionally declared emergency)
- Psychological health and well-being initiatives
Service investments to support the community
- Increased investment in public safety through the addition of 70 uniformed officers
- Capital investments to replace infrastructure, vehicles and equipment, expansion of facilities and advancing technological innovation
- 2023-2026 Peel Regional Police Business Plan and 2023 Budget
- Investments to support traffic safety, community engagement and property and violent crime reduction
- 2023-2026 Ontario Provincial Police Business Plan and 2023 Budget
- Addition of 44 new paramedics to address the growth in call volume and four more 24/7 ambulances on the road
- Land acquisition for sixth reporting station and one additional satellite station
- Enhancements and state of good repair for ambulances, other fleet, and equipment
- New ambulances and equipment replacements to support growth
- 2023-2026 Paramedic Services Business Plan and 2023 Budget
- Implementing the Housing Master Plan to create more affordable housing
- Grants for developers to create more affordable rental housing units
- The Wilkinson Road Men's Shelter Redevelopment to reduce street homelessness
- Ensuring the state of good repair of the Peel Living housing stock
- 2023-2026 Housing Support Business Plan and 2023 Budget
- Design and construction of a new Mixed Waste Processing Facility
- Zero Emissions Vehicle pilot to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Maintenance of facilities and equipment to ensure a state of good repair
- 2023-2026 Waste Management Business Plan and 2023 Budget
- Expansion of the virtual delivery of Adult Day Services and introduction of short-stay respite, supporting the operationalization of the Seniors Health and Wellness Village
- Replacement of kitchen appliances, flooring, washrooms, and furniture across various Long Term Care Homes
- 2023-2026 Seniors Services Business Plan and 2023 Budget
- A new immunization program to prevent and control COVID-19 and provide stability to meet projected COVID-19 vaccination demands
- Increased capacity to work with community partners on Community Safety and Wellbeing
- Three clinics for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program
- 2023-2026 Public Health Business Plan and 2023 Budget
- Roll out Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care plan to reduce the cost of child care by 2025
- Maintain Workforce Strategy to address staff shortages and meet the demand for child care in Peel
- State of good repair projects for child care facilities
- 2023-2026 Early Years and Child Care Business Plan and 2023 Budget
- Additional operating resources to address growth demands
- A health and safety specialist to ensure the effective management of Health and Safety requirements
- Billing system upgrades to address software security challenges
- Installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure at various Public Works facilities to support Peel’s greenhouse gas reduction targets
- Various water main replacements and construction, pumping station rehabilitation and expansions, and expansion of Water Resource Recovery Facilities
- 2023-2026 Water and Wastewater Business Plan and 2023 Budget
- Support to negotiate agreements with Metrolinx to expedite the implementation of higher order transit, and protect Regional infrastructure
- Funding for road construction, road resurfacing, intersection improvements, and active transportation
- Rehabilitation and upgrades to the Region’s stormwater system to adapt to climate change impacts
- Conversions and replacements of various Noise Walls abutting Regional Roads across Peel
- 2023-2026 Transportation Business Plan and 2023 Budget
To address the challenges being faced, the 2023 Budget also reflects $4.0 million in savings and cost avoidances found through continuous improvement efforts and cost containment measures. The Continuous Improvement Program contributes to a strong culture of driving value, efficiency, and innovations at all levels of the organization and is directly tied to the Region’s annual budget process.
- Copies of the 2023 Regional Operating and Capital Budgets are available at peelregion.ca/budget.
- The 2023 Budget enables the achievement of Peel's vision of a Community for Life with investments balanced between the needs of residents and businesses and the infrastructure needs of the broader community, advancing Council's priorities and long-term objectives.
- The Region of Peel Data Portal provides a central place to access data about Peel Region, on topics such as demographics, population, housing, and economic activity.
The 2023 Budget maintains services and invests in the community while ensuring the challenges that Peel is facing are a top priority. We’ve passed a budget that invests responsibly in core service levels, promotes community safety, and protects the vulnerable, while also striving for innovation and efficiencies at all levels to mitigate the increase to property tax bills.
Regional Chair, Nando Iannicca
The Region was confronted with a host of global economic and political uncertainties in 2022 that challenged our plans and assumptions about the future. As a result, the 2023 Budget very much focuses on stabilizing services by putting forward a plan to make investments in a number of critical areas for our growing Region.
Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services, Gary Kent
Region of Peel
About Peel's transition
The Ontario government announced the dissolution of Peel Region and the establishment of a Transition Board (TB) as part of Bill 112. The Transition Board was appointed to provide recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a range of restructuring matters related to the dissolution of Peel Region to make Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon independent municipalities by January 1, 2025.
To learn about the Transition Board, how it will make these recommendations, and to provide feedback to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, visit Ontario's Peel Region Transition Board website.
During our transition, Peel remains committed to providing services to residents and businesses. For information about our transition, visit Peel's transition website.
About Peel Region
Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 200,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.