Financial Plan

The Local Government Act requires the City of Coquitlam to complete a Five-Year Financial Plan and Budget each year. The Financial Plan ensures responsible money management and relates directly to the priorities identified by the community.

Input on the City’s 2022 Budget

Thank you to those who participated in the budget input survey in September. The survey has now closed, and the insight gained from your input will be provided to Council to support decision-making as part of their budget deliberation process this fall.

Purpose of the Financial Plan

  • The Financial Plan provides City staff with clear direction on spending levels for each defined priority and the authority to pay for services for Coquitlam residents.
  • The Financial Plan ensures that City staff are accountable to the residents.

How the City Develops a Financial Plan

The Financial Plan development process begins with strategic planning and includes public consultation, extensive background briefings for Council and comprehensive discussion sessions that culminate in a proposed Five-Year Financial Plan for Council approval. It also includes a number of key budget assumptions. Using this as a basis, work plans are developed for each department, with resource needs identified. Together with the Strategic Plan and Business Plan, this approach to financial planning provides for a thorough, strategic focus in the budget deliberations.

2021-2025 Financial Plan

On Dec. 7, 2020 Mayor Richard Stewart provided introductory comments (PDF) prior to Council consideration of the 2021 to 2025 Five Year-Financial Plan Bylaw (PDF) and the 2021 Water, Sewer, Drainage and Solid Waste Rate Amendments (PDF).

See also: Information Bulletin – Dec. 7, 2020 – Coquitlam 2021 Budget Focuses on Community Support

The City’s Annual Tax Rates will be adopted in 2021, after the BC Assessment Authority information on property values becomes available.

Interactive Ways to View City Data

Want to learn more about where your tax dollars go? The City of Coquitlam has made available a data visualization tool called Coquitlam OpenBook for the public to easily view information about City budgets and spending. Check the tool to view:

  • 2020 Annual Expenses (the City’s most recent audited financial statement data)
  • Capital Budgets (breakdown of the 5-year capital budget down to the project level)
  • Operating Budgets (breakdown of the operating budget down to the business unit)
  • Project Explorer (a highlight of select new and ongoing projects)

Use Coquitlam OpenBook to view  informational text and clickable maps, charts and graphs, and use search and filter functions to explore topics that interest you for more detailed information.

Feel free to provide us with your feedback on Coquitlam OpenBook.

Financial Plan Archive