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Supporting Inclusive Economic Growth in Southwestern Ontario

Minister Sousa Addresses the Kitchener-Waterloo Business Community, Receives Input to Help Shape 2017 Budget

Ministry of Finance

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, spoke today at the Rotary Club of Kitchener about the government's plan to grow the economy, create jobs and help more people benefit from the province's strong economic growth.

The Minister met with community and business leaders from the Kitchener-Waterloo area to discuss how the government is implementing its plan and balancing the budget next year and the year after. Minister Sousa outlined the strategic investments the province has made - and continues to make - to support inclusive growth in Southwestern Ontario. 

The Minister also hosted a pre-budget consultation today at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo as part of a provincewide engagement process for the 2017 Budget.

In addition to in-person pre-budget consultations, For the third year in a row, people across Ontario were also able to submit ideas through Budget Talks, an online consultation tool. 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.

Supporting business communities and engaging the people of Ontario in the budget process are part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is committing up to $43 million to help fund the Region of Waterloo's proposed transit hub in downtown Kitchener. This hub will make it easier for transit users to connect to GO rail and bus service, the light rail transit line being built in Waterloo Region, VIA Rail services, and local and inter-city bus services.
  • Ontario is improving cancer care for patients and families in the Waterloo Region, with the installation of a new radiation treatment unit and CT simulator with a $5.42 million investment in technology for the cancer centre at Grand River Hospital.
  • Ontario is investing in renewed and renovated facilities at Conestoga College, along with funding from the Government of Canada and Conestoga College, to provide specialized training and programming opportunities for students in the region.
  • The submission phase for Budget Talks is now closed, with more than 400 proposals submitted by the public.
  • This year’s pre-budget consultations are taking place in cities across Ontario, including Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Mississauga, Hamilton, London and Windsor.
  • General feedback for the 2017 Budget can be sent via mail, email or fax (416-325-0969) to the Ministry of Finance until January 31, 2017.

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“Ontario is committed to supporting our communities through strategic investments that will lead to economic growth and prosperity. We believe it’s important for the government to hear directly from people about their priorities and understand what investments they want to see in their communities.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance

“It’s important to me that the people of Kitchener-Waterloo were able to take part in our pre-budget consultation and tell us what they would like to see in our next provincial Budget. Hearing directly from local businesses, community groups and our citizens is an inclusive key part of the budget-making process.”

Daiene Vernile

MPP Kitchener Centre

“These consultations allow the residents of Cambridge and Waterloo Region to tell our government what they value and what they would like to see in the 2017 Budget. I always want to hear from my constituents about what matters most to them and how we can do more to help people in their everyday lives.”

Kathryn McGarry

MPP Cambridge

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