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Action Plan is The City's business plan and budget document. It was developed in 2014 for the years 2015-2018. In recognition that the Plan needs to adapt with Calgary's changing needs, we Checked In with citizens about​ their priorities for 2017 and 2018.

In 2014, Calgarians ranked the following priorities as the most important to focus on during 2015-2018:

  1. Getting Around Calgary
  2. Calgary's Communities
  3. Growing Calgary
  4. Calgary's Economy
  5. Calgary's Environment
  6. How The City of Calgary works


Mid-Cycle Adjustments Process

On Dec. 18, 2015, Council approved the mid-cycle adjustments process for 2017 and 2018. This process includes five Council Strategic Sessions, which serve as information and decision points for Council.

Mid-cycle adjustment process 

Items in red text are enhancements to the process made after Dec. 18, 2015, and brought forward at subsequent Council Strategic Sessions.

The approach to mid-cycle adjustments is based on the Investment Framework which identifies five categories that Administration will position adjustments in.

 Investment framework

The areas of focus under each category will be refined as Administration seeks to better understand the needs and priorities of Council and citizens. Information from the various sources is provided below.

Council strategic session of April 18, 2016

Interim engagement results & market research

Information collected through the Check-in was presented to Council on April 18, 2016. The report highlights priorities and common issues collected from the interim engagement results with citizens and Councillors, as well as, relevant research results from recent citizen surveys collected to the end of February 2016.

Several themes have emerged so far, focusing on:

  • Calgary’s economy
  • Infrastructure investment
  • Continued efficiency improvements and lower taxes and fees
  • Maintaining existing service levels and quality of life

The above themes reflect the needs and priorities of Council and citizens in the current economic climate, and will guide Administration’s focus for mid-cycle adjustments for 2017 and 2018.

Council strategic session of May 30, 2016

Economic scenarios and financial forecasts

Since the development of Action Plan 2015-2018, Calgary’s economy has shifted significantly. In order to respond to this new economic reality, understand its effects on the public and communities, and adjust accordingly, The City has developed potential economic scenarios accompanied by financial forecasting.

The information will allow Council to consider a range of possible outcomes for the future, and respond with strategies for 2017-2018 adjustments to Action Plan.

Calgary economy roundtables – the economic scenarios were presented to 100 representatives from community organizations, business groups and City departments through several workshops in April. A research summary of the social impacts of economic downturns undertaken by the University of Calgary was also included in the report. This stimulated discussion that and produced valuable feedback on potential impacts of the economic scenarios to the people, programs and services that these groups serve. Information gathered from the workshops (Attachment 5 of the report below) is one of the sources considered in identifying the focus areas for mid-cycle adjustments for 2017 and 2018 of Action Plan. Other sources of information considered include the results of the public engagement, as well as the Councillor interviews (reported in March 21 in report C2016-0337).

Action Plan 2015-2018 Mid-Cycle Adjustments Report (C2016-0472)

Next steps

Stay tuned for the next update on June 27 when Council is anticipated to provide Administration with an approved 2017 tax rate.The areas of focus for adjustments through the Investment Framework will also be refined. These focus areas will guide Administration’s proposed adjustments for 2017 and 2018, in response to the economic downturn.

Administration will inform Council of the proposed adjustments in September 2016, and bring them forward for Council approval in November 2016.


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