City council meetings are accessible to the public. Budget documents and presentations are available on the City’s website. During the year, the City submits reports to Council on variances in expenditures and revenues from budget.

Independent auditors will audit the annual financial statements prepared by management. Additionally, an annual financial information return (FIR) is submitted to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The FIR is a legislatively required data collection tool to collect financial and statistical information to compare across municipalities.

The City of Hamilton’s budgets work in conjunction with multi-year business planning. Staff closely monitor and report key metrics on visual dashboards, allowing Council to keep a pulse on performance through the Trust and Confidence Report. All of these pieces come together to support the City’s strategic plan.

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