Supporting Inclusive Economic Growth in the Peel and Halton Regions
Minister Sousa Addresses the Mississauga Business Community, Receives Input to Help Shape 2017 Budget
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, spoke today at the Mississauga Board of Trade 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 business leaders from the Mississauga Brampton and Halton 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 the Peel and Halton regions.
The minister also hosted a pre-budget consultation today at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga 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.
- Ontario is taking the next step in building the Hurontario light rail transit project, which will offer more transit options and improve commutes for people travelling in Mississauga and southern Brampton.
- Ontario is making it easier for commuters in Mississauga to access public transit by introducing new GO train trips along the Milton GO corridor and adding more parking spaces at both the Streetsville GO Station and the Square One GO Bus Terminal.
- Ontario is building six new high-quality, modern schools and additions that will better support student achievement and well-being in the Peel region, including an addition for 184 students to Ruth Thompson Middle School in Mississauga.
- Last year, Conseil scolaire Viamonde celebrated the groundbreaking for L'école élémentaire Mississauga Nord which will accommodate about 360 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 6. The province is investing $17 million in this new, state-of-the-art facility.
- 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.
“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.”
“Holding pre-budget consultations allows Halton and Peel community members to tell us what they’d like to see in the 2017 Budget. I’m happy I was able to attend this consultation and listen to their ideas and priorities. This feedback will help ensure that we develop a budget that reflects the needs and interests of all Ontarians.”
“I’m glad so many people came out to the pre-budget consultation in Mississauga. I enjoy the opportunity to hear directly from the community about what matters most to them. I will carry their messages with me as we prepare for the 2017 Budget.”
“It’s important to me that I get to hear directly from the people of my community about what they want to see in our next provincial budget. I am very happy I had an opportunity to attend our local pre-budget consultation, listen to their ideas and think about how we can shape the 2017 Budget together.”