Ontario Launches Online Consultation Tool
Ontarians Invited to Have Their Say on Provincial Priorities
The province has launched an online tool that gives the public the opportunity to provide input and ideas on how the government should deliver on Ontarians' priorities while meeting fiscal savings targets.
The new online consultation builds on the annual pre-budget consultations by providing Ontarians with an opportunity to discuss with the government - and with each other - what's important to them and how they would like to see public dollars spent.Visitors to the site can anonymously submit their ideas by either emailing government directly or posting them to the site, where other visitors can vote and comment on submissions. Feedback gathered from the tool will help the government understand Ontarians' needs and how to prioritize services and initiatives that meet those needs.
Engaging Ontarians to have their say is part of the Open Government Initiative which aims to make government more transparent. A more open and transparent government is part of the province'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.
- Share your thoughts at Ontario.ca/BudgetTalks or using the #BudgetTalks hashtag on Twitter.
- Pre-budget consultations began on January 19, 2015 and will run until mid-February 2015.
- The launch of the digital consultation platform dovetails with the pre-budget consultation province wide tour, which will reach more than 300,000 Ontarians through 10 in-person sessions and five telephone town halls.
“The Ontario Budget lays out the government’s priorities and sets the plan for the year. Only by engaging as many people as possible can we get a true picture of what matters most to Ontarians, which helps us gain a better understanding of the Province’s needs and priorities. By working together, we can develop a budget that serves Ontarians and builds on our plan to build Ontario up.”