Milton lowest among GTHA municipalities in per-person spending


Published August 26, 2022 at 9:49 am

The Town of Milton spent the least amount per person in 2019 among the 26 municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

Milton spent just $2,629 per person that year, according to a study on spending by municipal governments from 2009 to 2019 conducted by the Fraser Institute and released Thursday.

The year of 2019 was selected because it was the last year of reliable data before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Milton was also one of only four municipalities in the GTHA area to decrease its per-person spending over a decade, from 2009 to 2019.

The town went down by 3.8 per cent over that time, topped only by Hamilton which fell 11.2 per cent. Caledon fell 0.9 per cent, while Toronto, which was the highest in per-person spending over that time frame, decreased by 0.8 per cent.

Toronto’s municipal government proved to be the biggest spender in 2019 at $4,605 per person.

The largest increases among the municipal governments in per-person spending from 2009-2019 was Aurora at 22.6 per cent, followed by Whitchurch-Stouffville at 21.3 per cent and King at 20.6 per cent.

In revenue, King had the highest per-person revenue of the 26 municipalities in 2019 at $5,935 and rocketed up 67.4 per cent from 2009 to 2019, the highest in the GTHA.

Halton Hills had the lowest per person revenue in 2019 in the GTHA at $2,794.

Data on all 26 GTHA municipalities in the Fraser Institute’s “Comparing per-Person Spending and Revenue in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, 2009-2019” study is available here.

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