Ontario Seeking Public Input in London to Develop the 2017 Budget
Pre-Budget Consultations Taking Place in Communities across Ontario
Ontario is seeking input from individuals, organizations and businesses in London to help shape policies and programs that will be part of Ontario's 2017 Budget.
Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, along with Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre, hosted a pre-budget consultation today at the Marconi Cultural and Banquet Centre in London as part of a provincewide engagement process for the 2017 Budget.
In addition to the in-person pre-budget consultations, people across Ontario were also able to submit ideas for the third year in a row through Budget Talks, an online consultation tool. Through Budget Talks, the government will provide $3 million to fund up to eight proposals as part of the 2017 Budget, making Ontario the first province to commit to funding ideas from the public as part of its budget process.
Engaging the people of Ontario in the budget process is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- In 2016, Ontarians shared 1,732 ideas, cast 53,402 votes and wrote 4,540 comments during the pre-budget consultation process.
- The submission phase of Budget Talks is now closed, with more than 400 project ideas submitted.
- General input for the 2017 Budget can be sent via mail, email or fax (416-325-0969) to the Ministry of Finance and is due by January 31, 2017.
- This year’s pre-budget consultations are taking place in cities across Ontario, including Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Mississauga, Hamilton, London and Windsor.
“The Ontario Budget affects everybody. That’s why it’s important for the government to hear from people across the province to discuss their priorities and understand what investments they want to see in their communities. Together we will keep building a province where everyone can reach their full potential.”
“Pre-budget consultations are a great way for Ontarians to have their say and ensure the Budget represents their values and priorities. Pre-budget consultations are an essential part of budget development, and it is important that the 2017 Budget reflect what we hear from people and help them in their everyday lives.”
“I’m glad that Londoners will have an opportunity to participate in a pre-budget consultation. It’s important that they get a chance to tell us directly about what matters to them for the 2017 Budget. I’m pleased to hear from families, businesses, and communities from across the province to ensure the budget reflects our shared priorities.”