2022/23 Municipal Budget
On April 12, 2022, Regional Council approved the 2022/23 municipal budget of $1.1 billion – including $925.7 million in municipal expenditures and $180.2 million in provincial mandatory contributions – as well as a capital plan of $318.9 million.
The average residential and commercial property tax bill is increasing by 4.6 per cent. This means the average single-family home tax bill will increase by $94 in 2022/23 to $2,144. The average commercial property tax bill will increase by $1,989 in 2022/23 to $45,395.
Of the 4.6 per cent increase, 3.0 per cent goes towards the Climate Action Tax which will directly support HalifACT – the municipality’s long-term climate action plan. The Climate Action Tax will fund projects such as electric vehicles and buses, net-zero buildings, installing public electric vehicle chargers, and taking actions to improve the resiliency of communities and infrastructure against the impacts of climate change – which range from flood mitigation and stormwater management to food security and emergency preparedness. To learn more about HalifACT, watch a one-minute video here, read the plan or visit halifax.ca/climate.
The remaining 1.6 per cent increase will fund ongoing operations, public safety, maintenance and service improvements – such as the provincial road transfer – as well as strategic capital investments.
Summary of the 2022-23 budget highlights.
The 2022/23 municipal capital plan has $10 million in approved spending toward the HalifACT Climate Action Plan for this fiscal year. View a breakdown of how these budgeted dollars will be invested in 2022/23.
2022/23 Business and Budget Plan
The Business and Budget Plan outlines all the expenditures associated with servicing the municipality. This includes day-to-day municipal operations (e.g. transit, police, fire, garbage collection, snow clearing, staffing costs), capital priority initiatives approved by Regional Council (e.g. HalifACT, Cogswell District project, Integrated Mobility Plan, Moving Forward Together Plan), as well as capital projects and investments to purchase, construct, rehabilitate and replace municipal assets such as buildings, roads, active transportation, parks and bridges.
The plan was approved by the Budget Committee on April 12, 2022.
2022/23 Capital Plan
The Capital Plan outlines the planned capital projects over a four-year period. This plan was approved by the Budget Committee on December 17, 2021.
2022/23 Fiscal Framework
The Fiscal Framework is presented annually to Regional Council with recommendations for tax modifications to accommodate changing operational costs, capital investments, as well as debt and reserve changes including funding for current and new strategic initiatives. The framework sets the broad, opening strategy for developing the initial municipal budget.
Learn more about the Fiscal Framework here.
View frequently asked budget-related questions here.
Supplementary education funding
The supplementary education tax rate on property tax bills provides supplementary funding to the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) and the Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial (CSAP) – the province-wide Acadian school board – for programs within the Halifax region.
As part of the shared Supplementary Education Fund Agreement between the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) and the Halifax Regional Municipality, HRCE produces an annual report outlining how this funding is providing enhanced learning opportunities for children throughout the Halifax region.
View the latest HRCE Supplementary Funding Community Brochure.
2021-25 Strategic Priorities Plan