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 people 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 Toronto to launch a provincewide tour of pre-budget consultations, which will include in-person sessions and telephone town halls, reaching out to as many communities 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 Jan. 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 pleased that the residents of Toronto had the opportunity to express their opinions and ideas directly to Minister Sousa today. It’s through this kind of direct engagement that our government gains a better understanding of the Province’s priorities and needs, which is important as the government prepares for the 2015 Budget.”
“These consultations provide an important opportunity for the residents of Toronto to be heard. Every community has its own priorities and needs, and being able to voice those directly to government during the budget development process really demonstrates to people that they do have a stake in the province’s economy.”