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2020 Budget

2020 Budget Highlights

On Nov. 29, 2019, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Council approved a $718 million 2020 Municipal Budget, which is a $36 million reduction from the 2019 budget. The budget allocated $431 million for operations, $191 million for capital purposes and reserves and $96 million for committed undrawn debt reduction.  

The approved budget is aligned with the 2018 – 2021 RMWB Strategic Plan, with additional focus on affordable living, revitalizing downtown and the waterfront, improving the conditions of the region’s roads and transit network, maintaining core services and programs, continuing major capital projects and increasing financial support for community organizations and programming.

You can watch a video of all the budget meetings and view approved budget documentation at rmwb.ca/council.  

Highlights from the approved $718 million 2020 Municipal Budget

  • $36 million reduction from the 2019 budget 
  • $154 million infrastructure investment to build and maintain roads, bridges and buildings
  • $27 million to maintain a safe, accessible traffic network
  • $41 million for police support and bylaw services to keep our community safe 
  • $18 million to support over 800+ hectares of parks and green spaces in the region 
  • $18 million to provide a safe and accessible transit network
  • $42 million for fire and ambulance services to keep our community safe
  • $48 million for environmental services to keep quality water flowing and manage waste, ensuring a healthy clean community. 
  • $77 million community investment through grant funding to individuals and local non-profits to support the development of recreational, cultural and social programs. 

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2020 Budget Schedule: ​

  • November 27: Community Investment Program 
  • November 28: Operating Budget 
  • November 29: Capital Budget 
  • November 30: Additional Budget Meeting, if required.

All budget meetings began at 9:00 a.m. in Council Chamber, located at 9909 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray. 

Making Sense of the Municipal Budget

Every time your street is plowed, your garbage or recycling is collected, you visit a trail or park, or catch the bus, budget dollars are at work. A budget is established to provide a foundation for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to support the programs, services and infrastructure that contribute to quality of life in the region and meet the needs of residents.     

Developing the budget involves making decisions and prioritizing between essential programs, services, infrastructure demands, and the wants and needs of all stakeholders. It is the responsibility of the Mayor and Councillors to deliberate the budget and make those difficult decisions on behalf of taxpayers.

Do you have questions about the budget? Are you wondering how the budget process works? Now you can make sense of the budget by reviewing the Municipality’s Budget Primer document. The Budget Primer provides a high-level overview and is a great tool for those with questions about how the budget works and what it means for residents.

The Budget Cycle

The Municipality’s annual budget follows the calendar year: January 1 through December 31, and Council approves a one-year operating budget and a two-year financial plan, as well as a one-year capital budget and three-year capital plan.

The public part of the process usually begins in the fall, and Council publicly reviews the proposed budget that has been developed by Administration for the following year. 

Budget Meetings in Council Chamber

Every year residents are encouraged to get engaged in the budget process and take part by following the budget meetings (in Council Chamber at 9909 Franklin Ave., or online via live stream video), or by participating in the delegation process.

Find out more about Council meetings, the delegation process, agendas and budget documents at rmwb.ca/council


Residents’ involvement is an essential part of the democratic process. As a means of making the budget process more accountable to taxpayers, residents are given opportunities to make a presentation to Council and discuss the budget at the beginning of each meeting. If you would like to register as a delegate to appear before Council, please contact Legislative Services by: 

EmailLegislative.Assistants@rmwb.ca or 
Telephone: 780-743-7001   



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