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Building a Better Budget Process in Toronto

November 23, 2017 | By |

Join us for a special discussion jointly hosted by Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and SPPG.

Photo by Colin Dawson via Flickr
Photo by Colin Dawson via Flickr

The City of Toronto’s 2018 municipal budget cycle is in full swing. Council’s Budget Committee has begun debating $12 billion worth of city spending based on a seemingly endless supply of financial reports compiled by staff. Making sense of the numbers is remarkably difficult, even for the closest City Hall watcher.

To lift the veil, the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) and the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) are convening a panel that will shed light on how the annual process works and how it might be improved.

How are budget decisions actually made? Who’s accountable? Is there meaningful opportunity for community input? What needs to change?


  • Shelley Carroll, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 33 and former Budget Chair
  • Benjamin Dachis, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
  • Joe Pennachetti, IMFG Senior Fellow and former Toronto City Manager
  • Riley Peterson, Budget Lead, Toronto Youth Cabinet


  • Gabriel Eidelman, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Governance, and co-founder of the University of Toronto City Hall Task Force

Please note seating is limited for this event, and registration is required.

Register here

Presented in partnership with:

Logo reads: IMFG at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto


Event Date

December 19, 2017
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Canadiana Gallery, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West
Room CG-160