Seeking Ontarians' Input For A Stronger Ontario
Finance Minister Kicks off Pre-Budget Consultations in London
Finance Minister Dwight Duncan is launching his annual pre-budget consultations today in London, the first stop in a province-wide series that continues the open dialogue between the McGuinty government and the citizens of Ontario.
The consultations provide the opportunity for individuals, organizations, associations and other stakeholders to engage in a discussion with the Minister on ways to promote growth in Ontario's economy, in advance of the 2009 Budget.
- In addition to meeting with business and community leaders on an ongoing basis, further pre-budget consultations will be held in Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, Ottawa, Toronto and Thunder Bay.
- The pilot video conference will take place on November 3, 2008. The consultation in Sault Ste. Marie will be joined by the Sudbury session via video conference.
- New this year, the pre-budget consultations will include a pilot video conference session, in an effort to use technology to obtain additional input from citizens, while at the same time reducing travel expenditures and encouraging a greener Ontario.
- There are many other ways for individuals to take part in the 2009 Pre-Budget Consultations. Take the online poll, participate in the e-consultations or send a submission by mail, e-mail or fax.
- Watch videos of Minister Duncan talking about the 2009 pre-budget consultations.
- Read the 2008 Fall Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review (or Fall Economic Statement), which updates the province's fiscal outlook as of the second quarter of the 2008/09 fiscal year.
- Find out more about the government’s five-point economic plan.
“I look forward to hearing the views of my fellow Ontarians on what more the government can do during this period of global economic uncertainty to promote economic growth and job creation. These consultations are a good example of how we can work together to continue delivering the services most important to Ontarians.”
“Our five-point economic plan has helped prepare Ontario to weather the current challenges. The McGuinty government has taken a prudent and balanced approach while maintaining the ability to respond quickly to changing circumstances.”