News release: February 11, 2021
Region of Peel’s 2021 Budget approved by Council
Brampton, ON (February 11, 2021) – Today, Regional Council approved the 2021 Operating and Capital Budget, investing in the community and preparing Peel for the future.
The development of the Region’s 2021 Budget was guided by the Strategic Plan and the community priorities recommended for consideration prior to the budget, including additional resources for service level adjustments due to COVID-19.
The 2021 Budget includes a property tax increase of 1.02 per cent. This will contribute an annual increase to the typical residential property and small business property tax bills of $50 and $89 respectively.
Additionally, the average home will see an increase to their utility bill of 12¢ per day (or $43 per year), while the average small business will see an increase of 30¢ per day (or $111 per year).
The 2021 Budget includes investments of $3.7 billion to improve people’s lives in their time of need, ensure communities are integrated, safe and complete, and ensure government is future-oriented and accountable.
These investments support the community by:
- Providing paramedic response to approximately 135,000 emergency calls annually
- Delivering 744,000 accessible transportation trips
- Funding Police response to 248,000 events
- Delivering 590 million litres of safe drinking water each day
- Collecting and disposing of 552,000 tonnes of waste
- Maintaining critical community infrastructure for supporting services such as such as Roads, Water and Wastewater, Affordable Housing and Paramedics
In addition, there are Regional programs designed to support Peel’s most vulnerable populations.
The 2021 Budget also includes:
- Affordable transit subsidies for low income individuals in Brampton and Mississauga
- Homelessness supports
- Dental Services to low income seniors
- Tax relief for low income seniors and those with disabilities
The 2021 Budget reflects $6.4 million in continuous improvement efforts. The Region applies a variety of continuous improvement strategies to ensure the budget is efficient. This work was highlighted when the Region received Excellence Canada’s enterprise wide Platinum level accreditation, the only public sector organization in Canada to achieve such recognition.
Copies of the 2021 Regional Operating and Capital Budgets are available at peelregion.ca/budget.
"The 2021 Budget maintains and improves services, invests in people and prepares the Region for the future. This year, we’ve passed a budget that invests responsibly in core service levels, promotes community well-being, and protects the vulnerable, while striving for efficiency to mitigate the increase to property tax bills."
–Nando Iannicca, Regional Chair
"The 2021 Budget implements Council’s directions regarding its priorities, supports Peel’s continued response to the pandemic and maintains service levels for Peel Region’s rapidly growing and aging population base. It provides for state of good repair funding for the Region’s $30B in assets, and enables progress toward the long-term goal of creating a Community for Life."
–Janice Baker, Chief Administrative Officer
Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 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.