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To honour The City's commitment to continue its conversation with Calgarians, calgary.ca/ourfuture was launched on June 12, 2012. This site contains information and links designed to give Calgarians information regarding the approved 2012 – 2014 business plans and budgets and to give you a forum to talk directly with The City and each other.

Moving Forward for You!

In 2012, the Provincial government changed its election legislation. Beginning in October 2013, municipal elections will be held every four years, rather than the current three-year term. For more information on this change check out these links:

Currently, we use a three-year business plan and budget cycle, which aligns with the current City Council's three- year election cycle.

This multi-year planning and budgeting approach has received international recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and is highly regarded among municipal governments across the country, given the benefits of the process:

  • Approving longer-term funding supports the identification and achievement of longer-term goals,
  • Providing citizens with more certainty about the direction of City services, finances and taxation/utility rate levels,
  • Making more strategic use of Council’s time in reviewing plans and budgets, and the Administration’s time in preparing them, and
  • Allowing the flexibility to adjust approved plans and budgets to respond to changing circumstances.

But – with a four-year Council term, a three-year business planning and budgeting cycle will quickly fall out of alignment. So, how should we change our process?

In January 2013, The City began extensive stakeholder engagement to obtain input for development of Administration’s recommendation to Council. Upon analysis of all information received from stakeholders, there is a widely shared preference for a Modified 4-Year Cycle, particularly if The City can ensure the flexibility needed to address the challenge with forecasting plans and budgets for a full four years


Your input led to the development of the Council-approved Modified 4-Year Cycle option, which supports key characteristics that are integral to multi-year planning and budgeting and still addresses the needs and preferences of a majority of stakeholders


  • Visit the let’s Talk page for:
  • The stakeholder engagement results
  • The Council Report and recommendations
  • Share your comments and ideas
Let's Talk
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