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Budget Building Blocks

Citizen input has always been an important part of our annual business plan and budget process. A number of building blocks form the foundation for the City's 2020-2021 Multi-Year Business Plan and Budget process.

The blocks work together to ensure the City’s budget is purposeful, on-track and supportive of the high quality of life we have in Saskatoon. 

  • The refreshed 2018-2021 Strategic Plan reflects the insights of our current City Council elected in 2016, and of course, those of their constituents. The updated Strategic Plan maintains the seven Strategic Goals which are based on areas that the community and City Council identified in order to realize the City’s Vision and Mission.
  • To guide the focus of change over this City Council's four-year term and impact investment decisions during the multi-year business plan and budget process,  City Council’s 10 Strategic Priorities Areas of Focus will drive the City's business planning and budget process.
  • The 2020-2021 Business Plan will include initiatives and projects that are aligned with the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and City Council’s 10 priority areas. The business plans guides investments, projects, and service levels that the City will implement and achieve over the course of the next two years. 
  • The 2020-2021 Business Plan supports City Council’s priority areas, service outcomes, performance measures, strategic outcomes, and actions planned within the City’s 14 business lines. The business planning process ensures budgeted resources are provided to priority programs and services.
  • Citizen input has always been an important part of our annual business plan and budget process; the City gathered public input in 2018 through two surveys: the Civic Satisfaction & Performance Survey, and the Civic Services Survey: Performance, Priorities & Preferences. The feedback gathered through the two 2018 surveys will be considered by City Council in the development of the 2020-2021 Multi-Year Business plan and Budget. The next Civic Services Survey will be in administered in 2021.
  • View the results of both 2018 Civic Surveys here. 

Planning the Multi-Year Business Plan and Budget

The City’s approach to multi-year business planning and budgeting is intended to:

  • Improve transparency and decision-making by providing City Council and citizens with more information about where City funds are used, linking service costs to service levels and outcomes, and better connecting long-term goals to short-term spending decisions.
  • Increase the City’s accountability in delivering services to citizens effectively and efficiently, while maintaining its focus on a sustainable future.
  • Help the City transform by providing for a more regular, ongoing, and thorough examination of civic services to ensure that services are relevant to citizens’ needs and priorities.

The overall vision is to have a more integrated business planning and budget process whereby City Council’s Strategic Plan drives the business planning process, which in turn is the basis for budget preparation.

Utilizing this vision, the Administration adopted a four-step process as follows:

Step 1: Determine Cost to Maintain Service Levels
Step 2: Determine Property Tax Target
Step 3: Develop Corporate Business Plans to Achieve City Council Priorities
Step 4: Incorporate Business Plans into the Business Plan and Budget

Services, Savings and Sustainability

Successful organizations must continually refresh and evolve in order to meet the needs of the people they serve, and the City of Saskatoon is no different.

For more than a decade, the City has been on a journey of becoming a more sustainable organization by finding new savings and efficiencies. We continue with this work because of our drive for continuous improvement.

Our focus on continuous improvement means empowering our people to continuously explore, take on new challenges, and come up with practical solutions to meet the changing needs of our community.

The 2019 Saskatoon Strides: Service, Savings & Sustainability report demonstrates the City is working hard to achieve its vision of being the best-managed city in Canada. It highlights our achievements and progress made in 2019 to drive service improvements, savings for taxpayers, and sustainability initiatives across Saskatoon.

None of this would be possible without the hard work, dedication and commitment of our employees who work together to make Saskatoon a better community for everyone.

Risk-Based Management Framework

The City, like all municipal governments, faces many types of risk, including strategic, operational, financial and compliance. In order to help manage these risks, the City implemented a Risk-Based Management Program (RBM).

RBM assists Administration with enhancing intelligent risk performance in all areas of operation, ensuring continuous improvement in the way the City is managed, as well as continued growth in public confidence in the City’s performance.

RBM is an important building block in the business, budget and strategic planning process by providing a continuous, proactive and systematic process to ensure risk is understood, managed and communicated throughout the organization.