City of Kitchener 2024 Budget

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This consultation is now complete. The draft 2024 budget was adopted by Council on Dec 14., 2024.  To read the full 2024 budget visit kitchener.ca/budget.


The budget is our annual financial plan and allows city council to prioritize the programs and services we deliver. The 2024 budget sets the direction for the work to be completed over the upcoming year.

Introduction to draft 2024 budget

The draft 2024 budget outlines a plan to maintain services and respond to the needs of a growing community while delivering a property tax rate increase around the rate of inflation. The draft 2024 budget addresses a number of priorities, including:

  • supporting city services that residents and businesses rely on every day
  • a focus on infrastructure to address the City’s asset replacement and growth-related needs
  • providing funding to advance the City’s 2023-2026 strategic plan that will help shape Kitchener’s future

All of these goal areas are important and were accommodated by carefully preparing a budget to meet the service expectations of residents while at the same time balancing the need for reasonable rate increases during a time of economic uncertainty.

For more details, read the 2024 draft budget overview.

Additional investment options

In addition to items that have been built into the City's draft budget, $1M in one-­time capital funding is available and unallocated. The funding available is a result of one-time dividends received as part of the Enova hydro merger. The draft budget includes several investment options for consideration, and we are looking for public input on which ones to focus on.

For more details, read the Advancing Strategic Options summary.

Average household impact

For the average home in Kitchener, the draft rate increases for the 2024 budget are:

  • Property taxes - 3.9 per cent, or $47 annually
  • Water utility - 4.9 per cent, or $21 annually
  • Sanitary sewer utility - 7.1 per cent, or $39 annually
  • Stormwater utility - 7.4 per cent, or $17 annually

Our draft 2024 budget represents a combined annual increase of $124 for the average household.

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The budget is our annual financial plan and allows city council to prioritize the programs and services we deliver. The 2024 budget sets the direction for the work to be completed over the upcoming year.

Introduction to draft 2024 budget

The draft 2024 budget outlines a plan to maintain services and respond to the needs of a growing community while delivering a property tax rate increase around the rate of inflation. The draft 2024 budget addresses a number of priorities, including:

  • supporting city services that residents and businesses rely on every day
  • a focus on infrastructure to address the City’s asset replacement and growth-related needs
  • providing funding to advance the City’s 2023-2026 strategic plan that will help shape Kitchener’s future

All of these goal areas are important and were accommodated by carefully preparing a budget to meet the service expectations of residents while at the same time balancing the need for reasonable rate increases during a time of economic uncertainty.

For more details, read the 2024 draft budget overview.

Additional investment options

In addition to items that have been built into the City's draft budget, $1M in one-­time capital funding is available and unallocated. The funding available is a result of one-time dividends received as part of the Enova hydro merger. The draft budget includes several investment options for consideration, and we are looking for public input on which ones to focus on.

For more details, read the Advancing Strategic Options summary.

Average household impact

For the average home in Kitchener, the draft rate increases for the 2024 budget are:

  • Property taxes - 3.9 per cent, or $47 annually
  • Water utility - 4.9 per cent, or $21 annually
  • Sanitary sewer utility - 7.1 per cent, or $39 annually
  • Stormwater utility - 7.4 per cent, or $17 annually

Our draft 2024 budget represents a combined annual increase of $124 for the average household.

Stay Informed

Subscribe for updates and be the first to know about news and information about this project. Add your email to the Stay Informed box on this page and click ‘Subscribe’.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for taking time to take part in the 2024 budget process. Read about the investment options we’re considering and let us know which ones we should focus on. Survey results will be reported to city council to inform their decisions.

    This survey will take 2 minutes to fill out. It closes Nov. 28, 2023.

    This consultation is now complete. The draft 2024 budget was adopted by Council on Dec 14., 2024.  To read the full 2024 budget visit kitchener.ca/budget.


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