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Budget Breakdown

Welcome to the interactive 2017 Operations budget overview. Just click on the category and information on what is included for each section will appear.

The costs listed in each category only include operational costs. To view the 2017 Capital Budget, just click on the tab at the bottom of the page for a full list of projects and costs.

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Budget and Long Term Planning
Phone: 780-992-6583

Emergency Services

Municipal Enforcement

This area includes Protective Services (RCMP and Municipal Enforcement) and Fire Services.

Total Budget: $12,913,162 (this figure includes an allocation of corporate administrative costs)



The Municipal Police Service Agreement empowers a municipality to work with its police agency to set annual priorities, goals and objectives. These form the foundation of an Annual Performance Plan (APP) produced by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and define the policing priorities for the upcoming year. Council has approved the following 2017 – 2018 Policing Priorities:

  1. Crime Reduction - Reduce Crime/Severity against Persons/Property
  2. Improving Traffic Safety
  3. Reducing Substance Abuse
  4. Youth Engagement

Municipal Enforcement

Municipal Enforcement Officers are Community Peace Officers mandated through their appointment from the Province of Alberta to enforce Municipal Bylaws and a number of Provincial statutes. Municipal Enforcement responsibilities include animal control and protection, traffic safety, weed enforcement, use of parkland, parking concerns, snow removal complaints, and noise or other nuisance concerns.

2017 Project Highlights

  • One additional Municipal Enforcement Community Peace Officer
  • New Intelligence Analyst for investigations
  • Additional RCMP Court Liaison clerk
  • Additional Radio Room clerk

Fire Services

Fire Services strives to provide effective service delivery to reduce the level of risk and promote community confidence, safety and well-being through education, fire code compliance, and fire rescue response.

2017 Project Highlights

  • Increase in cost of 911 Dispatch Contract with Strathcona County
  • Increase in radio license fee with Industry Canada
  • Analysis for timing of second fire hall opening

Parks & Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Spontaneous and programmed recreation activities are critical to the health and well-being of citizens. The programs in this area include all indoor and outdoor spaces, and recreation facilities.

Total Budget: $13,841,530 (this figure includes an allocation of corporate administrative costs)

Recreation Services

Health and wellness programs provide the tools to enable healthy lifestyles. Services within recreation facilities are planned in consultation with user groups and community stakeholders.

2017 Project Highlights

  • Harbour Pool basin re-grouting
  • Access to Recreation program (Everyone Plays)
  • Aquatic Services Vote

Parks and Open Spaces

Parks maintains 529 ha of park and open spaces, 30 playgrounds, and 75 kms of trails and 23 kms of sidewalks. Parks also provides horticulture services such as tree maintenance, seasonal flower planting and maintenance, and cemetery operations.

2017 Project Highlights

  • West River’s Edge Reforestation
  • Nordic ski trail expansion
  • Cemetery Master Plan



Culture Services is responsible for the Shell Theatre, The Alberta Lottery Art Gallery, Art in Public Places program, The Fort Heritage Precinct programming and asset management, school programs and tours, special events, and the sheep grazing tourism program.

Total budget: $3,641,907 (this figure includes an allocation of corporate administrative costs and grant to Fort Saskatchewan Library)

2017 Project Highlights

  • Canada 150th Celebrations
  • 25th Season of the Sheep Grazing Program
  • RiverFest 2017
  • NWMP Fort Wall Repairs
  • Accessibility improvements at the Fort Heritage Precinct
  • Public Art Maintanance Program
  • Special Presentations at the Shell Theatre

Waste, Water & Sewer

Waste Water and Sewer

The City’s utilities department is responsible for water distribution, sanitary sewer collection, residential waste collection and disposal and the Transfer Station and Recycling Centre.

Total budget: $19,939,841 (this figure includes an allocation of corporate administrative costs)

2017 Project Highlights

  • Sewer service reline project to upgrade aging infrastructure
  • Upgrade of radio reader interface for existing meters
  • Sump pump replacement program
  • Public education program for city-wide waste cart collection system in 2018



The City owns and operates civic offices, recreation centres including the Dow Centennial Centre, arenas, a museum and historic site, the RCMP Detachment, Families First Society building, the Legion building, Pioneer House, West River’s Edge, CN Station and the Boys and Girls Club. The budget includes maintenance, utilities and custodial services.

Total Budget: $8,663,858 (this figure includes an allocation of corporate administrative costs)

2017 Project Highlights

  • CN Station roof replacement
  • Harbour Pool Roof Replacement
  • Increase for Provincial Carbon Tax impacts



Transportation costs include roadway repairs, drainage and culverts, boat launch & dock, traffic signals and signage, public transit, snow and ice removal and street sweeping.

Total budget: $9,232,851 (this figure includes an allocation of corporate administrative costs)

2017 Project Highlights

  • Implementation of Green Trip funded transit projects:
    • DCC Park 'n Ride and North Transfer Station on 99 Ave.

Community Development

Community Development

This area includes Family and Community Support Services, Planning and Development, Economic Development and Project Management.

Total budget: $5,690,973 (this figure includes an allocation of corporate administrative costs)

Planning and Development

The Planning and Development Department represents the City’s interests throughout the development process. We use the Municipal Development Plan, Community Sustainability Plan and Area Structure Plans to define the vision and principles for our community, based on extensive public engagement.

2017 Project Highlights

  • Land Use Bylaw update
  • Urban Bees Pilot
  • Occupancy Permits

Economic Development

Economic Development is strategic by design and systematically creates an economic environment that supports and fosters business attraction, retention and growth.

2017 Project Highlights

  • Downtown Enhancement Study
  • Business Retention & Expansion Strategy

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

The FCSS Department ensures that social needs are identified and supports are in place to maintain and enhance the well-being of our community.

2017 Project Highlights

  • Second community garden space
  • Housing needs assessment
  • Counselling services review

Project Management

Project Management provides the purchasing, construction and lifecycle costing of the City’s infrastructure and facilities (roads, parks, utilities, fleet and mobile equipment). The department also provides engineering services.

2017 Project Highlights

  • High Performance Sports Field
  • Heritage Precinct Washroom facility
  • Widening of Southfort Drive
  • Harbour Pool Universal Change Room
  • Curling rink renovations
  • Transportation Master Plan

Elected Officials

Fort Saskatchewan Elected Officials

The City of Fort Saskatchewan has a seven member Council consisting of a Mayor and six Councillors who represent the City as a whole.

City Council is the decision-making body responsible for turning community needs into municipal services. Council guides the Strategic Plan which sets priorities for community development; everything from recreation services to roads, waste management and public transit.

The current Council was elected on October 21, 2013 for a four-year term.

Total budget: $520,931 (this figure includes an allocation of corporate administrative costs)