Students Participate In Pre-Budget Consultations
McGuinty Government Engages Youth On Provincial Budget and Future Prosperity
Ontario has included future voters in this year's pre-budget process through the 2012 Ontario Student Budget Consultations - the first initiative of its kind in Canada.
Alongside CIVIX - a national organization devoted to active youth citizenship - the government worked with students and their teachers as they learned about the budget-making process. Through a series of short videos and follow-up questions, students offered their thoughts on how the government can eliminate the deficit while creating jobs - supporting public services and strengthening the economy.
Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has hosted several pre-budget consultations - in-person and through virtual town halls - in preparation for the 2012 Budget. The consultations have included people, organizations, associations and other stakeholders across Ontario.
- CIVIX made this resource available to high schools across Ontario.
- This year, more than 131,000 Ontarians have participated in the virtual town hall sessions.
- CIVIX is a national, charitable organization and its mission is to grow young Canadians into engaged, committed and active citizens.
“The Ontario Student Budget Consultations are an innovative way to connect with young Ontarians as part of our pre-budget discussions. Students provided their opinions and ideas on how we can balance the budget to strengthen our economy, create jobs and support our strong education and health care. I am grateful to have heard their views on what they want their future Ontario to look like.”