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, Associate Minister of Finance Mitzie Hunter was in Kingston 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 and 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 the province'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 are taking place in cities across Ontario including Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Mississauga, Hamilton, London and York Region.
“Every Ontarian has a stake and a voice in building Ontario up and planning for the future. These consultations provide an opportunity for people and communities across the province to have their voices heard and considered as the government prepares for the 2016 Budget.”
“We are grateful to everyone for participating in today’s Budget consultations in Kingston. The insights provided today through this grassroots consultation approach will reflect local priorities and needs and will help us position our community and Ontario for greater prosperity.”