Province Seeking Public Input to Help Develop the 2016 Ontario Budget
Pre-Budget Consultations Taking Place in Communities Across Ontario
Ontario is seeking input from individuals, organizations and businesses across the province to help shape Ontario's upcoming budget.
Today, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, was in Thunder Bay as part of a provincewide tour of pre-budget consultations, which include in-person sessions, telephone town halls and online idea-sharing.
Pre-budget consultations are an important way for Ontarians to have their say on how to grow the economy, create jobs and plan for the province's future. Ideas gathered through these consultations will be considered as part of the budget development process.
Ontarians can get involved in the conversation by:
- Visiting Ontario.ca/budgettalks to share, discuss vote for ideas online
- Calling the Ministry of Finance at 1-866-989-9002 to participate in an in-person consultation
- Emailing ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mailing in your ideas
- Faxing in your ideas to 416-325-0969
- Tweeting ideas using #BudgetTalks
Engaging Ontarians is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Written submissions are due by January 31, 2016.
- In 2015, the government heard from more than 300,000 Ontarians through pre-budget consultations.
- This year’s pre-budget consultations will take place in cities across Ontario including Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Mississauga, Hamilton, London and York Region.
“Pre-Budget consultations are an essential part of budget development. It allows us to hear directly from Ontarians to ensure that the Budget represents their values and priorities and I look forward to participating and engaging in constructive consultations across our province. Together we will keep building a province where all Ontarians can reach their full potential.”
“Developing the budget requires a lot of preparation in determining what the priorities are for all Ontarians. I was very proud to see the people of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario engaged in the budget development process and hearing from them directly how to grow and boost our northern economy.”
“Today’s consultation was a great opportunity for the people of Thunder Bay to have their voices heard. Engaging people to hear about what matters most to them will help the government determine priorities for the upcoming budget.”