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 COVID-19 Response for Saskatoon Residents

On March 19, 2020, the City decided to close public access to City Hall and all City buildings, including fire stations, leisure facilities, attractions and Saskatoon Public Library locations. While we are closed to the public, our business operations continue to ensure core services for our residents as much as possible. Public transit currently remains operational.

Debt Supported by Taxes

“Proposed maximum debt supported by taxes” is a maximum debt level and represents each resident’s average share of the City’s debt.  The intent is not to meet the maximum, but to have a maximum in place so the debt remains affordable for taxpayers.

How are we doing? 

Average long-term tax-supported debt has been trending upward since 2012 to support the City's growth. In 2018, long-term tax-supported debt was $1,158 per person in Saskatoon.
Data Table
Long-Term Tax-Supported Debt Per Person
  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Debt per Person (%) 314 463 387 635 727 652 767 996 1111 1158


The measure represents each resident's average share of the City's long-term tax-supported debt. Debt per capita helps to communicate City's debt levels.

The supported debt per person = Actual Long-term Borrowing (including P3 financing)
                                                                             Population of Saskatoon

The City's population is estimated as of December 31 for each year, by the City of Saskatoon Planning and Development Division.

Long-term tax-supported debt includes debt repaid by property taxes and federal gas taxes, but excludes utility debt. In the future, it also will include Public Private Partnership (P3) financing.