Make cents of your tax dollars

The City of Oshawa is preparing the 2019 City Budget and we want to hear from you! Use our new interactive budget tools below to have your say on a portion of the City's operating budget.

The budget is the City's key planning document and provides a foundation to meet the public service needs of our community and make decisions on City infrastructure. It is comprised of operating and capital budgets. Watch our video to learn more.

This webpage features two interactive and educational opportunities for you to participate in the 2019 Budget process:

1. Complete the Tax Breakdown activity to gain a better understanding of how your 2018 tax dollars were allocated within the operating budget; and,
2. Share your priorities on key programs and service areas to shape the 2019 City budget for a chance to win an iPad.

Completing these engagement opportunities will provide you with an understanding of:


This budget tool will be available until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26. Feedback received will be shared with City staff, Council and the public during the 2019 City budget process, which is expected to conclude in January 2019.

Let’s get started!

Tax Breakdown

The Tax Breakdown is an educational tool that provides a better understanding of how your 2018 tax dollars are used. Enter your property tax assessment value in the box below to identify your 2018 tax levy. If you don’t know or don’t have a property tax assessment value, please use the average value provided.

You’ll be able to see the breakdown of where your property taxes went, specifically how much goes to the City compared to the Region of Durham and the Province of Ontario for local school boards, as well as how the City of Oshawa portion of your taxes is used.

Please Note: Figures are rounded to 2 decimal places; as a result, rows may not add due to rounding.

Have your say

We’d love for you to share your priorities on 10 key programs and service areas (based on the 2018 City budget) for a chance to win an iPad!

Let us know how you would allocate your tax dollars to key programs and service areas for the City’s 2019 budget?

As a thank you, we’re giving away one (1) iPad. See our Budget webpage for Rules and Conditions.

Your submission will help inform City staff and Council of the community’s priorities during the 2019 City Budget process.

Are you ready?

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Waste Collection Learn more

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Property tax funding for waste collection supports the residential curbside collection of garbage, green bin, large item and yard waste for 45,000+ homes in the city as well as environmental programs aimed at reducing waste (e.g. compost giveaway and e-waste events). Please note that this does not include the disposal/processing of waste materials or the collection of blue box, both of which are the responsibility of the Region of Durham.

Move the slider to see the impact of a funding change to waste collection on your property taxes.
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Winter Control and Snow Clearing Learn more

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Property tax funding for winter control and snow clearing supports the City’s efforts on monitoring roads and weather conditions, salting and plowing City roads, sidewalks and parking lots as well as windrow clearing for seniors and individuals with a disability. Please note that this does not include the clearing of regional roads as that service is the responsibility of the Region of Durham.

Move the slider to see the impact of a funding change to winter control and snow clearing on your property taxes.
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Fire Learn more

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Property tax funding for fire supports regional 9-1-1 dispatch, fire prevention and education, the operation and maintenance of 6 fire stations and 13 fire apparatus, emergency call response and fire inspections, training and administration. Please note that this does not include paramedic (ambulance) or police services as those services are the responsibility of the Region of Durham.

Move the slider to see the impact of a funding change to fire on your property taxes.
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Recreation and Culture Learn more

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Property tax funding for recreation and culture supports the promotion, operation, and delivery of recreation, culture and leisure programs and services (e.g. fitness programs, sports and aquatic programs, general interest and arts programs, and the free summer playground program) and maintenance of 9 recreation facilities (including pools, ice pads, fitness centres, gymnasiums, meetings rooms, etc.). It also supports 40+ annual events and facility/event sponsorship.

Move the slider to see the impact of a funding change to recreation and culture on your property taxes.
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Roads and Sidewalk – Maintenance Learn more

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Property tax funding for roads and sidewalk maintenance supports the inspection and maintenance of City roads, sidewalks, bridges, storm water sewer systems and municipal infrastructure. This includes street sweeping, pot hole repair, shoulder and boulevard maintenance, sidewalk maintenance, catch basin cleaning, creek and storm pond maintenance, litter pickup, as well as road signage, painting and closures. Please note that this does not include the inspection or maintenance of any regional roads as that service is the responsibility of the Region of Durham.

Move the slider to see the impact of a funding change to roads and sidewalk maintenance on your property taxes.
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Parks, Forestry, Playgrounds and Splashpads Learn more

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Property tax funding for parks, forestry, playgrounds and splashpads supports the planning, design, construction, maintenance, improvement, management and operation of the City’s parks, playgrounds, trail network, urban tree canopy (including street trees), natural areas and wetlands (e.g. the Second Marsh and Pumphouse Marsh). This also supports the City’s beautification projects and gardens, street planters and hanging baskets, street trees, forestry and horticulture programs, events and cemetery services.

Move the slider to see the impact of a funding change to parks, forestry, playgrounds and splashpads on your property taxes.
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Municipal Law Enforcement and Licensing Learn more

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Property tax funding for municipal law enforcement and licensing supports the investigation of complaints, public education, enforcement of by-laws, research and policy development of by-laws. This also supports corporate security, licensing, and collecting and managing vital statistics for the Registrar General of Ontario.

Move the slider to see the impact of a funding change to municipal law enforcement and licensing on your property taxes.
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Transportation and Parking Learn more

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Property tax funding for transportation and parking supports the operation and maintenance of city parking garages, surface parking lots and on-street parking spaces, school crossing guards as well as city street and traffic signage and city and regional street lights. Please note that this does not include maintenance of signage on regional roads as that service is the responsibility of the Region of Durham.

Move the slider to see the impact of a funding change to transportation and parking on your property taxes.
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Municipal Infrastructure Learn more

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Property tax funding for municipal infrastructure supports investments to maintain, renew and replace infrastructure that provide the service of transportation and stormwater management. This includes roads, sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, bridges, culverts and storm sewers.

Move the slider to see the impact of a funding change to municipal infrastructure on your property taxes.
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External Agencies

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Property tax funding for external agencies supports the operation of the Oshawa Historical Society, Oshawa Public Libraries, Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres, Parkwood Foundation and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Move the slider to see the impact of a funding change to external agencies on your property taxes.
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Comments or Questions?

Share any comments or questions about the 2019 City Budget, the budget process or engagement with us here.
Please note: questions will be responded to on Connect Oshawa.

Consultation Evaluation

Your input is valued and will be taken into consideration when planning future City budget engagement activities.

Your input on our community engagement is valued and will be taken into consideration when planning future community engagement activities.

I understand how my 2019 City Budget consultation feedback will be used.

I have a good understanding of the 2019 City Budget consultation based on the information provided in the tools.

I feel the tools were a good opportunity to participate in the 2019 City Budget consultation.

I understand the next steps in the 2019 City Budget consultation and timing going forward.

Contact Information

A screen name and email is required to ensure that the exercise is completed once per community member. You will receive an email confirmation of your submission and a link to compare your priorities to others who have completed the tool. All individual responses will be anonymous and will only be used to summarize overall feedback; your email and screen name will not be made public.

We will not share your email address or other contact information with any third parties.

If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".