City Budget

Annually the City updates the Five-Year Financial Plan and the 10-Year Project Plan, balancing changing needs and priorities within the community. 

In compliance with the Community Charter, the Financial Plan is developed through public consultation and Council direction. Prior to May 15 each year, Council must adopt both a Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw and a Property Tax Rates Bylaw.


2024 – 2028 Financial Plan (Financial Plan)

The 2024 - 2028 Financial Plan was adopted by Council May 6, 2024. The Financial Plan supports Council's Strategic Framework and includes investment to maintain more than $4.8 billion (2021) worth of assets. The Financial Plan also supports infrastructure, amenities and services for a growing community and make Nanaimo a place for living, working and playing.

The Financial Plan integrates the six key focus areas of the Framework as the City works towards building a stronger, more sustainable and more resilient community.

Support of the Framework's six key focus areas includes:

Implementing City Plan Action Plans and Key City Management Plans

  • Departmental business plans, project plans and 2024 key initiatives incorporate actions from the Integrated Action Plan for City Plan: Nanaimo ReImagined.

Social, Health and Public Safety Challenges

  • Funding to support the Nanaimo Systems Planning Organization in its work to improve coordination and organization of existing health and housing resources.
  • Funding for a daytime warming centre.
  • Implementation of the Nanaimo Youth Resilience Strategy funded by the Building Safer Communities grant.

Maintaining and Growing Current Services

  • First full year of 20 new firefighters that started in August 2023 and an additional 20 new firefighters in 2025 in support of the Fire Master Plan implementation.
  • Three new RCMP members in 2024, the final year of a plan to add 15 members over five years.
  • Continuation and completion of phase 2 of the Midtown Water Supply project, constructing two large water mains to enhance the water supply network and build resiliency within the core of the city.

Capital Projects

  • Phase 2 of the Westwood Lake Improvement Project, for residents to enjoy open spaces and waterfronts.
  • Phasing of the Commercial Street Implementation Plan, to revitalize the heart of Nanaimo's downtown.
  • In conjunction with the Regional District of Nanaimo and BC Transit, undertake the construction of a new Downtown Transit Exchange.
  • Construction of new washrooms at Maffeo Sutton Park, a destination park in the heart of Nanaimo that hosts countless community special events.

Communicating with the Community

  • Redesign of to improve user experience when searching for information.

Governance and Corporate Excellence

  • Continuation of the implementation of a new cloud-based enterprise resource planning software that will streamline financial processes.

2024 Budget Quick Facts contains highlights of the budget.

Read the 2024 - 2028 Financial Plan for an overview of the budget.

2024 Departmental Business Plans based on the draft budget and business cases that were submitted for consideration for inclusion in the 2024 – 2028 Financial Plan are available below.

Upcoming Budget Sessions: 

  • To be announced in the fall of 2024 for the 2025-2029 Financial Plan.

Annual Financial Plans

The City's integrated planning framework is comprised of separate but complementary planning processes.  These processes support alignment and integration of resources and activities to achieve the strategic goals and priorities set by Council. 

City Plan

In July 2022, Council adopted City Plan: Nanaimo ReImagined (City Plan).  City Plan adopts the Doughnut Economics model (pictured below) as a framework for achieving its vision and articulates its focus through five goals.  The five goals provide the organizing structure for policies in the City Plan.  How and when the actions and policies described in the City Plan come to fruition is the work of City Council, and will evolve as community priorities shift over time.

Nanaimo Doughnut - July 2022 - Detailed

2023 – 2026 Strategic Plan

In June 2023 Council endorsed the 2023-2026 Council Strategic Framework. The Framework reflects six key focus areas that will serve to guide Council's decision-making in the years ahead.  The six key focus areas are:

  • Implementing City Plan Action Plans and Key Management Plans
  • Social, Health and Public Safety Challenges
  • Maintaining and Growing Current Services
  • Capital Projects
  • Communicating with Community
  • Governance and Corporate Excellence

20 Year Investment Plan

At the June 14, 2023 Finance and Audit Committee meeting staff presented the 20 Year Investment Plan and Asset Management Plan Update.

The 20 Year Investment Plan and Asset Management Plan Update was led by the City's Asset Management Steering Committee with representation from across the organization including engineering, development, facilities, finance, IT, park operations and public works.

The City's investment in infrastructure supports service delivery of needed and desired services to the community.  The new estimated replacement cost of the City’s infrastructure is $4.8 billion (2021) an increase of $1.8 billion since the last update.

The 20 Year Investment Plan and Asset Management Plan Update, based on 2021 inventory, provides an overview of the City's long term investment plans and funding strategies. The plan includes investment in strategic initiatives, programs and projects, annual investment programs for renewal of existing infrastructure and new/upgraded infrastructure required for growth to maintain current levels of service. The plan will support Council's review and decision making regarding current planning processes, the City's Asset Management System and funding strategies. Projected investment is meant to be attention directing and will change as the timing, scope, and costing of projects, including costing adjustments to reflect current market pricing, is refined in each project planning cycle. 

Projected investment required over the next 20 years is $2.6 billion and current funding strategies may provide $1.6 billion. Strategies have been identified to help address the projected funding shortfall of approximately $1.0 billion including the recommendation to borrow as the funding strategy for the major capital projects under development (project costs, timing and required borrowing will be refined as projects are further developed). The projected shortfall includes $74.9 million in DCC contributions for new/upgraded infrastructure. A DCC review is beginning in 2023 and a new bylaw is intended to address this shortfall.

Read the 20 Year Investment Plan and Asset Management Plan Update.

Get Involved!

Citizens have an opportunity to provide their input and engage in budget discussions once a Draft Financial Plan is presented to Council. Here is how:

  • Attend Council and Finance and Audit Committee Meetings on Budget discussions
  • Participate in the annual eTown Hall Meeting to discuss the City of Nanaimo's annual budget    

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Finance Division 250-754-4251

Last updated: May 7, 2024

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