City Overspending on Consultant Fees

Aug 23, 2021

I’ve heard from residents who are concerned about their cost of living. Residents of our ward pay their fair share and deserve to see their tax dollars at work for them. 

One place we can start curbing spending is with consulting contracts. In 2018 and 2019, the city spent about $269 million in consulting services - a 32% increase from previous years. In addition to this, $59 million of that was in contract scope changes alone! I’ve seen first hand the fees the City pays to consultants at anywhere from 3 - 6 times the cost of staff in-house. 

I believe we need to take a hard look at contract spending - especially when it comes to unplanned scope changes. We can do this by assessing our processes for contracting services including identifying opportunities to do projects in-house, as well as using a sustainable procurement framework to generate financial, environmental, and social value for every dollar spent. Both these changes can help make sure our money is going further as a City and having a greater impact on the lives and livelihoods of Edmontonians.

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