Budget 2021

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2021 Budget Highlights

  • The 2021 Budget is about going beyond recovery to resilience, and helping Grimsby emerge stronger from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  • It is a budget that enables continued momentum on Council’s Strategic Priorities, support for our local residents and businesses, and a safe operating environment for our customers and employees, all while maintaining careful line of sight to financial sustainability and taxpayer affordability.

Overcoming Adversity: A Look Back at 2020

  • In 2020, Council set a bold direction for the community by passing the 2020 Budget that invested in strategic initiatives and community priorities. However, like many communities across Ontario and the world, 2020 became a story of overcoming unprecedented challenges.
  • A year ago, we found ourselves on the front lines of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We adapted in the face of evolving public health regulations, tasked with transforming our service delivery, supporting our business community, and providing a safe working environment for our customers and employees. Our Emergency Operations Centre was activated on March 13, 2020 and remains in place today to help manage the second wave of COVID-19.
  • Despite these monumental challenges, we now find ourselves in a relative position of strength, thanks to the strong leadership of this Council and the unwavering dedication of Town staff.
  • Amidst the pandemic, we pivoted our service delivery models while continuing to advance all 22 of Council’s Strategic Priorities initiatives.
  • We also looked beyond our immediate business plans and listened to the needs of the community. From the Feed Hope campaign, to securing Personal Protective Equipment for community partners, to connecting our businesses to much needed funding programs, to providing safe community experiences through a modified Remembrance Day ceremony and the Santa Clause parade, we demonstrated that the Town is committed to the people of Grimsby.

From Recovery to Resilience: Looking Forward to 2021 and Beyond

  • As we move into 2021, we find ourselves considering how we can continue to care for our community during the pandemic while strengthening Grimsby’s competitiveness, livability and distinct natural, historical and cultural character into the future.
  • The 2021 Budget considers how the Town can support our residents and businesses as we move through the global pandemic, with immediate investments to support urgent needs this year. Highlights include:
    • Supporting the physical and mental health of our residents by investing in our parks, playgrounds and trails, including Gibson bridge.
    • Supporting the ongoing needs of our local businesses through an extended pilot patio program, accessing upper level government grants and a strong corporate focus on business retention and expansion.
    • Providing alternate transportation options through continued investment in NRT OnDemand.
    • Enhancing safety in the Grimsby Public Library and Art Gallery through HVAC improvements.
    • Preserving and enhancing Grimsby’s distinct heritage and culture through the Grimsby Beach study and Main Street East study.
    • Engaging in partnerships with Niagara Region Public Health to support the vaccination roll out for Grimsby residents who wish to participate.
    • Continued operational focus on providing exceptional municipal services that are safe for our customers and employees.
  • The 2021 Budget also plans for a strong Grimsby into the future, laying the groundwork and supporting planning and construction for pivotal community projects. Highlights include:
    • Planning and construction for new community amenities through the Peach King Centre Expansion and a new waterfront park in the west end of the Town.
    • Investing in environmental sustainability through shoreline protection and tree planting.
    • Energizing our historic town centre through the “Downtown Reimagined” and community vision initiative.
    • Providing a safe, multi-modal transportation experience through the Casablanca/QEW interchange.
    • Realizing a historic Town commitment through the rebuild of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, with shovels in the ground by 2022.

Continued Commitment to Financial Sustainability

  • All of the above investments are being proposed with careful line-of-sight to financial sustainability for our organization, and affordability for our residents and businesses.
  • Our municipal reserves are trending positively, with year-over-year improvements that have resulted in a $4.2 million increase over 2018.
  • We remain an affordable community. We have the second lowest residential property taxes per $100,000 in residential assessment compared to our Niagara neighbours and the lowest combined water, wastewater and taxes as a proportion of household income.[i]
  • The operating and capital needs associated with this budget package result in a 1.85 per cent tax levy increase over 2020, which amounts to an additional $21 per year for an average residential household assessed at $443,686.[ii]
  • To fund the Town of Grimsby’s historic commitment to the redevelopment of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the Town of Lincoln, Township of West Lincoln, Niagara Region, the Government of Ontario and the community through the fundraising efforts of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, the 2021 Budget proposes a time limited special levy with an additional 0.84 per cent requirement. This investment amounts to an additional $10 per year for an average household with the yearly tax increase ending in 2023.

[i] 2020 BMA Study

[ii] According to Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessment rolls.


Budget Documents

2021 Proposed Budget Presentation

2021 Proposed Consolidated Budget


Budget Feedback

The Town wants to hear from you! Use this online survey to share your ideas about the proposed 2021 Budget.

If you require special accommodation to fill out the survey, you can email budget@grimsby.ca or call 905-945-9634 for assistance.


How the Town budget works

Watch a short video and learn the basics of how the Town budget works.



2021 Budget Highlights

  • The 2021 Budget is about going beyond recovery to resilience, and helping Grimsby emerge stronger from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  • It is a budget that enables continued momentum on Council’s Strategic Priorities, support for our local residents and businesses, and a safe operating environment for our customers and employees, all while maintaining careful line of sight to financial sustainability and taxpayer affordability.

Overcoming Adversity: A Look Back at 2020

  • In 2020, Council set a bold direction for the community by passing the 2020 Budget that invested in strategic initiatives and community priorities. However, like many communities across Ontario and the world, 2020 became a story of overcoming unprecedented challenges.
  • A year ago, we found ourselves on the front lines of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We adapted in the face of evolving public health regulations, tasked with transforming our service delivery, supporting our business community, and providing a safe working environment for our customers and employees. Our Emergency Operations Centre was activated on March 13, 2020 and remains in place today to help manage the second wave of COVID-19.
  • Despite these monumental challenges, we now find ourselves in a relative position of strength, thanks to the strong leadership of this Council and the unwavering dedication of Town staff.
  • Amidst the pandemic, we pivoted our service delivery models while continuing to advance all 22 of Council’s Strategic Priorities initiatives.
  • We also looked beyond our immediate business plans and listened to the needs of the community. From the Feed Hope campaign, to securing Personal Protective Equipment for community partners, to connecting our businesses to much needed funding programs, to providing safe community experiences through a modified Remembrance Day ceremony and the Santa Clause parade, we demonstrated that the Town is committed to the people of Grimsby.

From Recovery to Resilience: Looking Forward to 2021 and Beyond

  • As we move into 2021, we find ourselves considering how we can continue to care for our community during the pandemic while strengthening Grimsby’s competitiveness, livability and distinct natural, historical and cultural character into the future.
  • The 2021 Budget considers how the Town can support our residents and businesses as we move through the global pandemic, with immediate investments to support urgent needs this year. Highlights include:
    • Supporting the physical and mental health of our residents by investing in our parks, playgrounds and trails, including Gibson bridge.
    • Supporting the ongoing needs of our local businesses through an extended pilot patio program, accessing upper level government grants and a strong corporate focus on business retention and expansion.
    • Providing alternate transportation options through continued investment in NRT OnDemand.
    • Enhancing safety in the Grimsby Public Library and Art Gallery through HVAC improvements.
    • Preserving and enhancing Grimsby’s distinct heritage and culture through the Grimsby Beach study and Main Street East study.
    • Engaging in partnerships with Niagara Region Public Health to support the vaccination roll out for Grimsby residents who wish to participate.
    • Continued operational focus on providing exceptional municipal services that are safe for our customers and employees.
  • The 2021 Budget also plans for a strong Grimsby into the future, laying the groundwork and supporting planning and construction for pivotal community projects. Highlights include:
    • Planning and construction for new community amenities through the Peach King Centre Expansion and a new waterfront park in the west end of the Town.
    • Investing in environmental sustainability through shoreline protection and tree planting.
    • Energizing our historic town centre through the “Downtown Reimagined” and community vision initiative.
    • Providing a safe, multi-modal transportation experience through the Casablanca/QEW interchange.
    • Realizing a historic Town commitment through the rebuild of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, with shovels in the ground by 2022.

Continued Commitment to Financial Sustainability

  • All of the above investments are being proposed with careful line-of-sight to financial sustainability for our organization, and affordability for our residents and businesses.
  • Our municipal reserves are trending positively, with year-over-year improvements that have resulted in a $4.2 million increase over 2018.
  • We remain an affordable community. We have the second lowest residential property taxes per $100,000 in residential assessment compared to our Niagara neighbours and the lowest combined water, wastewater and taxes as a proportion of household income.[i]
  • The operating and capital needs associated with this budget package result in a 1.85 per cent tax levy increase over 2020, which amounts to an additional $21 per year for an average residential household assessed at $443,686.[ii]
  • To fund the Town of Grimsby’s historic commitment to the redevelopment of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the Town of Lincoln, Township of West Lincoln, Niagara Region, the Government of Ontario and the community through the fundraising efforts of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, the 2021 Budget proposes a time limited special levy with an additional 0.84 per cent requirement. This investment amounts to an additional $10 per year for an average household with the yearly tax increase ending in 2023.

[i] 2020 BMA Study

[ii] According to Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessment rolls.


Budget Documents

2021 Proposed Budget Presentation

2021 Proposed Consolidated Budget


Budget Feedback

The Town wants to hear from you! Use this online survey to share your ideas about the proposed 2021 Budget.

If you require special accommodation to fill out the survey, you can email budget@grimsby.ca or call 905-945-9634 for assistance.


How the Town budget works

Watch a short video and learn the basics of how the Town budget works.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Town wants to better understand your priorities for the 2021 budget. The input you provide will be reviewed and will help inform the 2021 budget and future capital and operating budgets.

    Time required to complete the survey: Approximately 10 minutes. 

    Survey closes: February 16, 2021

    One survey submission per person . If you do not complete the survey the first time, you can come back to submit your responses later. 

    If you require special accommodation, you can email budget@grimsby.ca or call 905-945-9634 for assistance.

    The Town wants to better understand your priorities for the 2021 budget. The input you provide will be reviewed and will help inform the 2021 budget and future capital and operating budgets.

    Time required to complete the survey: Approximately 10 minutes. 

    Survey closes: February 16, 2021

    One survey submission per person . If you do not complete the survey the first time, you can come back to submit your responses later. 

    If you require special accommodation, you can email budget@grimsby.ca or call 905-945-9634 for assistance.

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