Building on its 2014 consultation paper which set out a broad agenda for improving Toronto’s budget process, Better Budget TO (BBTO) conducted a review of the 2015 budget process to assess the city’s progress in building an open, democratic budget process and to recommend opportunities for further improvement. BBTO’s review assesses the 2015 budget process against four key principles: (1) participation, (2) acc
Better Budget TO is focused on public education, policy and analysis around budget issues. We conduct reviews of Toronto’s budget: how it’s made, who it serves and who has a say. We compare it to best budgeting practices from around the world. We bring together Torontonians to discuss better budgets and what that means for us and our city.
Better Budget TO believes that municipal budgets should be visionary, participatory, engaging, and evidence-based. Toronto should model city budgeting that invites citizens to participate in and understand the process and outcomes of a democratic, open and evidence-based city budget.