Ontario Seeking Public Input in Toronto to Develop the 2017 Budget
Pre-Budget Consultations Taking Place in Communities across Ontario
Ontario is seeking input from individuals, organizations and businesses in Toronto to help shape policies and programs that will be part of Ontario's 2017 Budget.
Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, hosted a pre-budget consultation today at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Toronto as part of a provincewide engagement process for the 2017 Budget. This is the second consultation held in the city.
For the third year in a row, people across Ontario were also able to submit ideas through Budget Talks, an online consultation tool. The submission phase is now closed with over 400 project ideas submitted. 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.
- General budget feedback sent via mail, email or fax (416-325-0969) to the Ministry of Finance 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 the 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 that 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.”
“It is great that the people of Toronto participated in pre-budget consultations and shared with us their ideas for the 2017 Budget. Hearing from the people of Ontario about what matters most to them is an important part of our budget planning process.”