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Vote on Ideas to Build Ontario Up for Everyone

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Vote on Ideas to Build Ontario Up for Everyone

Up to $3 Million Available to Implement Voter-selected Proposals

Ministry of Finance

Ontario is inviting the public to vote on ideas they would like to see implemented in the 2017 Budget to help people in their everyday lives by strengthening communities and improving public services.  

Voting is now open through Budget Talks, an innovative online consultation that allows the public to help shape policies and programs that will be part of Ontario's future.

The ideas posted on Budget Talks for public voting support eight focus areas including increasing access to child care, support for Ontario's small businesses, making health care easier to access and identifying priority infrastructure projects.

Visit Ontario.ca/Budgettalks to vote for your three favourite ideas until midnight, February 23, 2017. The top-voted ideas will be announced as part of the upcoming 2017 Budget. 

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. 

Quick Facts

  • More than 400 ideas were submitted through this year’s Budget Talks consultation. Ideas were reviewed by the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities, a group of young professionals and leaders who provide advice to government.
  • The government has allocated up to $3 million to fund up to eight ideas, making Ontario the first province to commit to funding ideas from the public as part of its budget process.
  • Through the 2016 Budget Talks, Ontarians suggested replacing traditional lighting with energy-saving LED lights on provincial highway corridors. As a result, the government launched a mast lighting pilot project, starting at Renforth Drive and running west along Highway 401 for 1.1 kilometres.

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“Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit ideas on Budget Talks. These ideas help us better understand what matters most to people so we can prepare a budget that reflects their priorities. Budget Talks provides Ontarians with a dynamic, interactive way to let people have their say and helps the government better understand what matters most to them. I look forward to reviewing the results of the voting phase, which will help determine which projects will be funded as part of our 2017 Budget.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance

“The Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities was excited to see the creative and innovative ideas put forward to Budget Talks by members of the public. We worked diligently to apply a youth lens and critical eye to the proposal review process and hope that our input will contribute to positive outcomes for young people across Ontario who face additional barriers to success. We eagerly look forward to seeing the final results of the public vote!”

Nataleah Hunter-Young

Chair, Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities

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