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Ontario Seeking Public Input in Kitchener and Brampton to Develop the 2018 Budget

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Ontario Seeking Public Input in Kitchener and Brampton to Develop the 2018 Budget

Provincewide Pre-Budget Consultations Support Government Plan for Fairness and Opportunity

Ministry of Finance

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, was in Kitchener and then Brampton today to conduct annual pre-budget consultations. He was joined in Kitchener by MPPs Daiene Vernile and Kathryn McGarry and in Brampton by MPP Amrit Mangat.

Ontario will also host pre-budget telephone town halls to reach more people across the province, and ideas can be sent by mail, email or fax (416-325-0969) by February 9, 2018.

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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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Charles Sousa

“I am looking forward to hearing from the people of Kitchener-Waterloo and Brampton as part of our pre-budget consultations. Meeting with local businesses, community groups and citizens ensures our government delivers on plan that reflects Ontarians priorities while creating greater fairness and opportunity for everyone in our province.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance

Daiene Vernile

“It's encouraging to see so many people in Kitchener engaged in our pre-budget consultation. They shared many great ideas. This feedback is crucial as it helps us shape the upcoming budget which will impact people in our region and right across the province.”

Daiene Vernile

MPP (Kitchener Centre)

Kathryn McGarry

“Every region of the province plays an important role in Ontario’s economy. Knowing that the views of Cambridge residents are helping us prepare the budget and build the future of our province gives me confidence that good things are in store for Ontario.”

Kathryn McGarry

MPP (Cambridge)

Amrit Mangat

“I was pleased to see people from all parts of Mississauga-Brampton presenting their ideas at this pre-budget consultation. It is indicative of a government that values the opinions of everyone.”

Amrit Mangat

MPP (Mississauga–Brampton South)

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