Ontarians Share Their Ideas to Help Build Ontario Up
Ontario Government Seeks Public Input on Developing the Province’s 2015 Budget
The Ontario government is inviting individuals and organizations from every corner of the province to provide their input and ideas for the 2015 Ontario Budget.
Today, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, was in Ottawa as part of a provincewide tour of pre-budget consultations, which will include in-person sessions and telephone town halls, reaching out to as many communities and organizations as possible.
The consultations provide Ontarians with an opportunity to discuss what's important to them and what more they think the government can do to grow the economy and create jobs while eliminating the deficit. The government will review the feedback gathered as part of the development of the 2015 Budget.
Engaging Ontarians to have their say in the budget process is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Pre-budget consultations began on January 19, 2015 and will run until mid-February 2015.
- More than 300,000 Ontarians participated in pre-budget consultations in 2014, including in-person sessions in 13 regions, telephone town halls, online and through social media.
“The Budget affects every Ontarian, and that’s why we’re gathering opinions and ideas from every corner of the province in as many ways as possible. Every person and every region has a stake in building Ontario up. I look forward to engaging with Ontarians and working together to build on our plan to grow the economy and create jobs while providing the programs and services that they expect and rely on.”
“I am happy to see the people of Ottawa engage in the Budget process by expressing their opinions and sharing their ideas. Public engagement in these consultations reaffirms that we, as Ontarians, must all have a say in development of the 2015 Budget.”
“The people of Ottawa got to actively participate in the future of their province today. They were able to take their voice directly to government and be heard on an initiative that affects every Ontarian - the provincial budget. I am pleased that they had this opportunity and was glad to be there alongside them as they had their say.”
“Engaging Ontarians directly in places like Ottawa helps our government gain a better understanding of the Province’s priorities and needs. As one of the Ottawa MPPs who participated in today’s consultation, I’m so pleased that Minister Sousa had the chance to hear from the people of Ottawa about what matters most to them. All Ontario residents have a stake in the Budget, wherever they live.”
“Ottawa, like every community across this province, has a unique set of goals and needs. It is important that our community is able to share their feedback directly, as our government prepares the province’s Budget and gives our constituents an important voice in the democratic process.”