“We always want to make sure that we are being fully transparent as a municipal government because we know it is certainly an aspect that is critical for the public. They want to make sure that we are deploying the capital dollars in the best way possible and that they know how we are going to be spending that money as well.” – John Miles, Director of Financial Reporting and Analysis
Other British Columbian cities like Burnaby and Richmond ranked in the middle of the pack, where major cities like Montreal and Toronto scored F’s.
Low scores seemed to be par for the course based on the report’s findings, as the C.D. Howe Institute claimed that “most major cities produce budgets that omit key activities and treat operating and capital expenditures inconsistently,” while suggesting that cities need to produce information that taxpayers can understand and recommending councillors hold cities accountable for their use of public funds.
The full results on all 31 municipalities assessed in the report can be found here and a quick look at each location’s grade can be found in the map below.