Ontario Seeking Public Input to Develop the 2018 Budget
Provincewide Pre-Budget Consultations Kick Off Today in Toronto
Ontario is seeking public input to help shape policies and programs that will be part of the province's 2018 Budget.
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, and Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, were joined today by MPPs Cristina Martins and Han Dong in Toronto to kick off the annual pre-budget consultations. Consultations will take place over the coming weeks in Windsor, London, Thornhill, Etobicoke, Niagara region, Hamilton, Ottawa, Kingston, Oshawa, Brampton, Thunder Bay and Kitchener.
In addition, people are invited to vote by January 26, 2018 for up to three ideas suggested by members of the public through Budget Talks, an innovative online consultation. The selected ideas will be announced as part of the 2018 Budget and be eligible for up to $5 million in funding.
Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Last year, 71,000 people participated in consultations that informed the 2017 Ontario Budget’s policies and programs.
- Through Budget Talks, Ontario is the first province in Canada to commit to funding ideas submitted by the public as part of its budget process.
“The budget affects everyone in Ontario. We want to hear your priorities, discuss your concerns, and understand what investments are most important to your community. Your opinions and ideas will help us develop a budget that reflects all of Ontario, and that supports greater fairness and opportunity for people across the province.”
“We’re making it easier for people to have their say and shape the policies and programs that will be part of Ontario’s future. These consultations are an important part of how we will ensure the 2018 Budget reflects priorities such as health care, education, fairness and opportunity.”