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Pickering’s 2022 approved Budget – what you need to know!

Pickering Council and staff planned for a bright and promising future, recently passing the second-lowest budget levy increase in 20 years. This balanced approach keeps the budget lean while maintaining the service, program, and infrastructure needs of the community. View the 2022 Budget documents and user fees.

  • Pickering Council passed a capital budget of $46.6 million and a current budget of $74 million.
  • Pickering had the lowest tax increase among Durham municipalities.
  • Pickering residents will see a 1.79 per cent increase on the City portion of the tax bill.
  • The average Pickering homeowner can expect to pay an extra $31.32 this year in the City’s share of property taxes. This is based on a $530,000 home (the typical residential property assessment in Pickering, according to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation).

Budget Highlights

  • An increase for the Pickering Seniors Property Tax Grant to provide further financial relief to seniors who are challenged with the rising cost of living.
  • Four additional firefighters to staff the new Seaton Fire Hall.
  • The development of a new corporate-wide Digital Readiness Assessment and Service Modernization Strategy to prepare the City's online services for enhanced eCommerce and integration with the City’s financial management software.
  • The implementation of a new paid parking program at the City’s waterfront, with dedicated By-law enforcement, to address the parking demands.
  • Accessible playground upgrades at Progress Frenchman's Bay East, St. Mary Park, Forestbrook Park, and Southcott Park.
  • The construction of three additional natural outdoor ice rinks in Pickering for families to enjoy in the winter months. This will bring Pickering’s total of natural ice surfaces to seven.
  • The construction of the new Animal Shelter to replace the existing aging facility which has limited capacity to care for animals in need.
  • The construction of a shade structure, public art, and contemplation space in Esplanade Park – a beloved gathering place for residents of all ages.

Where Your Tax Dollars Go?

  • 14.37% of your tax dollars goes to the Boards of Education
  • 55.27% of your tax dollars goes to the Region of Durham
  • 30.57% of your tax dollars goes to the City of Pickering

Exploring Funding Sources

While property taxes are the City of Pickering's main source of revenue, it seeks out other funding opportunities to help relieve the residential tax load.

This includes:

  • Actively seeking and applying for eligible funding and grant programs from both the Federal and Provincial governments
  • Naming rights partnerships.
  • Municipal Contribution Agreement with Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation, in which it receives revenues for hosting the Pickering Casino Resort. Pickering has received about $7,842,293 million in non-tax gaming revenue to date.

Community Engagement

Each year, the City undergoes an extensive budget process to plan for the service, program, and infrastructure needs of our community. Engaging the community is an important part of this process - visit the news feed below for an overview of this year's engagement.


Property Tax Calculator

Use our property tax calculator to see your total taxes based on your home assessment value, as well as the City's portion.

Visit pickering.ca/Budget for a detailed breakdown on where your property taxes go, as well as tax due dates and more.

Pickering’s 2022 approved Budget – what you need to know!

Pickering Council and staff planned for a bright and promising future, recently passing the second-lowest budget levy increase in 20 years. This balanced approach keeps the budget lean while maintaining the service, program, and infrastructure needs of the community. View the 2022 Budget documents and user fees.

  • Pickering Council passed a capital budget of $46.6 million and a current budget of $74 million.
  • Pickering had the lowest tax increase among Durham municipalities.
  • Pickering residents will see a 1.79 per cent increase on the City portion of the tax bill.
  • The average Pickering homeowner can expect to pay an extra $31.32 this year in the City’s share of property taxes. This is based on a $530,000 home (the typical residential property assessment in Pickering, according to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation).

Budget Highlights

  • An increase for the Pickering Seniors Property Tax Grant to provide further financial relief to seniors who are challenged with the rising cost of living.
  • Four additional firefighters to staff the new Seaton Fire Hall.
  • The development of a new corporate-wide Digital Readiness Assessment and Service Modernization Strategy to prepare the City's online services for enhanced eCommerce and integration with the City’s financial management software.
  • The implementation of a new paid parking program at the City’s waterfront, with dedicated By-law enforcement, to address the parking demands.
  • Accessible playground upgrades at Progress Frenchman's Bay East, St. Mary Park, Forestbrook Park, and Southcott Park.
  • The construction of three additional natural outdoor ice rinks in Pickering for families to enjoy in the winter months. This will bring Pickering’s total of natural ice surfaces to seven.
  • The construction of the new Animal Shelter to replace the existing aging facility which has limited capacity to care for animals in need.
  • The construction of a shade structure, public art, and contemplation space in Esplanade Park – a beloved gathering place for residents of all ages.

Where Your Tax Dollars Go?

  • 14.37% of your tax dollars goes to the Boards of Education
  • 55.27% of your tax dollars goes to the Region of Durham
  • 30.57% of your tax dollars goes to the City of Pickering

Exploring Funding Sources

While property taxes are the City of Pickering's main source of revenue, it seeks out other funding opportunities to help relieve the residential tax load.

This includes:

  • Actively seeking and applying for eligible funding and grant programs from both the Federal and Provincial governments
  • Naming rights partnerships.
  • Municipal Contribution Agreement with Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation, in which it receives revenues for hosting the Pickering Casino Resort. Pickering has received about $7,842,293 million in non-tax gaming revenue to date.

Community Engagement

Each year, the City undergoes an extensive budget process to plan for the service, program, and infrastructure needs of our community. Engaging the community is an important part of this process - visit the news feed below for an overview of this year's engagement.


Property Tax Calculator

Use our property tax calculator to see your total taxes based on your home assessment value, as well as the City's portion.

Visit pickering.ca/Budget for a detailed breakdown on where your property taxes go, as well as tax due dates and more.

  • 2022 Budget Process - Community Engagement

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    Each year, the City undergoes an extensive budget process to plan for the service, program, and infrastructure needs of our community. We invited residents and local businesses to view the 2022 Draft Budget documents and provide feedback on what matters most to them. Read media release.

    Feedback provided was a key input for Council, and we thank everyone who participated.

    What we heard

    • The survey closed on March 14, 2022, with a total of 111 responses.
    • 68 per cent of survey respondents felt that it was very important to set aside funds for infrastructure investments such as roads, sidewalks, bridges, and facilities.
    • The top two categories where respondents wanted to see level of service increased were Recreation Services (50.5%) and Parks and Trails (40.5%) and level of service maintained was Fire Services (74.8%) and Library Services (67.6%).
    • Results were split as to whether residents felt satisfied vs dissatisfied with the services provided by the City of Pickering, understanding that it retains only 30.6 cents for every dollar paid in property taxes.


    Along with the survey, residents were also encouraged to:


    Financial impacts from the pandemic

    • The City faced significant revenue losses in 2020, and again in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there will be lasting financial impacts.
    • With lower than normal revenue and increased costs, spending in the 2022 Budget will be limited. This makes your priorities for City spending more important than ever.


    View past year's budgets and learn more about the 2022 Capital and Current budgets at pickering.ca/Budget.

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