The Town is at a critical juncture in terms of its future size, urban form and character. Cochrane’s population could more than triple over the next 50 years. While demographics and economics will largely drive growth, Cochrane’s high quality of life and strong sense of place enhances its potential to attract an even larger share of the region’s projected growth.

The Town of Cochrane’s municipal mandate is to provide transportation services, protective services, public utilities, various social and cultural programs and a variety of services to the community. The Municipal Government Act (MGA) mandates municipalities to adopt annual operating and capital budgets that must reflect revenues exceeding or equaling expenditures. The Town of Cochrane adopts a balanced budget that nets to zero (revenues equal expenditures) every year.

Beginning in 2019, the MGA requires municipalities to prepare a three-year budget. In Cochrane, budget managers in each operational section develop a zero-based budget, clearly explaining any increases or decreases. This approach aligns with the Town’s philosophy to minimize tax increases while maintaining or improving services levels and maintaining a proactive infrastructure program that considers both current and future requirements.

The draft 2019-21 budget was presented to Council at their October 22 meeting. Council debates the budget November 15, 16 and 19, and then gives final approval at the December 10 Council meeting.

All information and past budget documents: cochrane.ca/Budget


The Town is committed to creating opportunities for meaningful dialogue and participation in decisions that impact residents; we will conduct transparent and inclusive engagement that is responsive and accountable.

As per Town policy, every effort is made to reach a wide variety of Cochrane groups and residents and offer a variety of ways to provide feedback: in-person events and online. All feedback is compiled and provided for Council’s consideration before budget review and debate November 15, 16 and 19.

Thanks to everyone who came to the conversation cafes November 5. If you missed them, you can still review the material under the Related Documents list.

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  • Project Kickoff
    June 2018
  • Draft budget presented to Council

    October 22

  • Public engagement
  • Council budget deliberations
    Thu Nov 15 and Fri Nov 16, 8:30am-4:30pm
    Mon Nov 19, 8:30am-4:30pm (if required).
    Public welcome; deliberations also live-streamed (check cochrane.ca/Council for info)
  • Final budget presented to Council for approval
    December 10

Related Documents

2019-2021 Draft Budget
2019 - 2021 Budget Council presentation
Let's Talk Budget presentation
Budget overview ad
Capital projects summary