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2021: A Long Term Financial Plan

What's your plan for 2021?

For the first time, the City is developing a Long Term Financial Plan that will set the City on a path for financial sustainability over the next 10 years. The plan will be supported by best practice financial policies and strong fiscal governance that will apply to current and future Council terms.

Building a Budget for the Future

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Mayor Don Darling explains how budget simulator input will be used to develop the City's long-term financial plan.

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Beginning in 2021, it is expected that the City will face a $12 million shortfall. The City will undertake, as part of further austerity measures, efforts to reduce this shortfall by $3 million by the end of 2020 leaving the City with a $9 million shortfall to address. 

The Long Term Financial Plan will:

  • set targets to reduce debt
  • maintain City infrastructure
  • prioritize growth investments
  • keep tax rates affordable
  • balance the budget

Themes developed from the Budget Simulator public engagement exercise will be an input to the Long Term Financial Plan. The Long Term Financial Plan is expected to be released in Fall 2019.



   City of Saint John White Paper
   Roadmap to Smart Growth
   Fair Taxation Report
   Continuous Improvement
   2019 Budget Information
   Audited Financial Statements


Learn more about City services

The videos below have been developed for you to learn more about the front line services we deliver. Please take a few minutes to watch them before you go to the simulator.

rec video

In this video, Community Developer, Greg Cutler, shares how the City supports recreation and community services.

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Community Development
Inclusive Programs
PRO Kids
Community Centres
The Green Machine
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parks video

In this video, Park Naturalist, Emilie Murphy, describes the role of our Parks and Landscape Service plays in maintaining our parks and beautifying our City.

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Parks and Landscape Service
Rockwood Park
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sport video

In this video, Sport Liaison Officer, Jen Reed, describes how the City operates, maintains and subsidizes arenas and fields.

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Sports and Recreation Facilities
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pedestrian and traffic video

In this video, Operations Manager, Tom McGrath, describes the City's traffic and pedestrian service.

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Traffic and Pedestrian Service
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transit video

In this video, CEO Ian MacKinnon, describes
how the Saint John Transit Commission operates the largest transit system in New Brunswick.

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Saint John Transit Commission
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snow video In this video, Josh Shannon of our Snow Control Crew describes the City's winter management operations.

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Winter Management Plan
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 planning video

In this video, City Planner, Jennifer Brown, describes how the City's Community Planning Service develops land use plans and policies to support growth.

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Community Planning Service
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garbage video

In this video, Waste Specialist, Dave Dempsey, describes the City's Solid Waste Service.

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Solid Waste Service
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stormwater video

In this video, Craig Taylor describes the stormwater services the City provides to ensure functional public drainage.

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Stormwater Service
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sidewalk video

In this video, Steve Edgar describes how the City maintains its sidewalks for the safety and accessibility of pedestrians.

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Sidewalk Service
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street video

In this video, Janita Rolfe, describes how the City of Saint John maintains over 1200 kilometers of roads.

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Street Maintenance Service
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fire video

In this video, Administrative Officer, Josh Hennessey, describes Saint John's fire and emergency response services.

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 Saint John Fire Department
 Fire Rescue and Suppression Services  
 Emergency Management  
 Emergency Management Organization 2018 Review
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growth video In this video, Population Growth Manager, David Dobbelsteyn, shares our priorities for population growth, employment growth and tax base growth.

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 Population Growth
 Enterprise Development Greater Saint John
 Develop Saint John
 Smart Growth
 Discover Saint John
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one stop video

 In this video, Technical Services Officer, 
 Rachel VanWart,shares how the One Stop
 Development Shop facilitates building and
 development in Saint John.

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One Stop Development Shop
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police video

In this video, Chief Bruce Connell describes the services provided by our 170-year-old Saint John Police Force.

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Saint John Police Force
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