Ontario Seeking Public Input in Markham to Develop the 2017 Budget
Pre-Budget Consultations Taking Place in Communities Across Ontario
Ontario is seeking input from individuals, organizations and businesses in Markham 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 Michael Chan, MPP for Markham--Unionville, Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges--Markham and Mike Colle, MPP for Eglinton--Lawrence, hosted a pre-budget consultation today at the Markham Pan Am Centre 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.
- The public has been invited to choose their favourite ideas among thirteen Budget Talks finalists. Visit Ontario.ca/Budgettalks to vote until midnight, February 23, 2017.
- The pre-budget consultation in Markham is the last of 12 in-person consultations. Several telephone town halls will take place during the month of February as part of the pre-budget consultation process.
- This year’s pre-budget consultations took 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.”
“It’s important that the people of Markham have an opportunity to speak with us about what they would like to see in our upcoming provincial budget. Pre-budget consultations are a great way to hear about what matters most to our community.”
“I’m grateful to everyone who participated in today’s budget consultation. I’m glad that our government has heard from our communities and is able to take their feedback to help shape the upcoming budget.”
“Pre-budget consultations play an important role in the budget decision-making process. I’m glad I was able to hear directly from so many people in York Region about what matters most to them and I’ll be sure to present these priorities to my colleagues as our government prepares the 2017 Budget.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek