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 York Region's Vaughan 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 was pleased to be at this consultation with Minister Sousa today. A great deal of preparation goes into the Budget, determining what the priorities are for Ontarians. I'm proud that local consultations are a valued part of this process and that today the people of York Region had their opportunity to be heard.”
“It was great to have Minister Sousa in Vaughan today talking to our constituents about what they consider to be priorities for Ontario. York Region is a distinct region with different wants and needs than the rest of the GTA, so the consultation was an important opportunity to have that dialogue between the government and the people while preparing for the 2015 budget.”
Steven Del Duca
“York Region residents had a wonderful opportunity today to weigh in on the Ontario Budget and I'm glad they were able to have their say.”