News release: December 2, 2021
Region of Peel’s 2022 Budget Approved by Council
BRAMPTON, ON (Dec. 2, 2021) – Today, Regional Council approved the 2022 Operating and Capital Budget, investing in the community and preparing Peel for the future.
The development of the Region’s 2022 Budget was guided by the Strategic Plan and the needs of the community, while ensuring that the response to COVID-19 remained the top priority.
The 2022 Budget also reflects $9.1 million in savings and cost avoidance found through continuous improvement efforts and other 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.
The 2022 Budget includes a property tax increase of 1.5 per cent for the Regional portion. This will contribute an annual increase to the typical residential property and commercial/industrial property tax bills of $73 and $129 respectively.
Additionally, the average home will see an increase to their utility bill of 13¢ per day (or $47 per year), while the average commercial/industrial property will see an increase of 32¢ per day (or $118 per year).
The 2022 Budget includes total investments of $3.8 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 136,000 emergency calls annually
- Funding Police response to 232,000 events
- Delivering 590 million litres of safe drinking water each day
- Collecting and disposing of 570,000 tonnes of residential 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 2022 Budget also includes:
- More seniors’ support through the opening of the new Seniors Health and Wellness Village
- Two more Butterfly model units to improve the lives of seniors with dementia
- Homelessness supports and more affordable housing subsidies
- Additional child care fee subsidies
- A two year program to assist foodbanks in the Region
- Increased grants to community agencies
- 26 more uniformed officers for increased community safety
- A new paramedic reporting station to service a growing population
COVID-19 response remains Peel’s top priority
The Region of Peel has been one of the hardest hit communities by COVID-19 in Ontario. As the 2022 Budget was being finalized, Peel was in wave 4 of COVID-19 with the pandemic expected to continue into 2022. Costs to continue the response to the pandemic will be covered through provincial funding for COVID-19 or other one-time sources so they will not increase the 2022 property tax.
Learn more about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on regional services and priorities, as well as Peel’s response efforts.
Details of the 2022 Regional Operating and Capital Budgets are available at peelregion.ca/budget.
The 2022 Budget maintains services and invests in the community while ensuring that the COVID-19 response remains a top priority. This year, we’ve passed a budget that invests in services that promote a safe and healthy community and protects the vulnerable, while improving efficiency to mitigate the increase to property tax bills.
Regional Chair, Nando Iannicca
2021 has been another difficult year for the community. We know that the pandemic will continue into 2022 and result in further disruption. All material costs built into the 2022 Budget for the pandemic are assumed to be funded from sources other than the property tax. In addition to sustaining our emergency response, service levels will be recovered and modest strategic investments have been made to continue to serve our growing community and keep it safe.
Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services, Gary Kent
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.